Chris Gothard - MBACP, BA, PGCE, DipCouns, DipCoaching, Cert Mediation

Chris Gothard - MBACP, BA, PGCE, DipCouns, DipCoaching, Cert Mediation


077 1892 4003

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About me

Most people want answers to the questions below.
-   What are the prospects that counselling will help me, especially with depression, anxiety and stress?

    Research* shows that 80% of clients are better off after therapy. 

-   How long will I need to come?
    65% of people improve after seven sessions.  However, I work also with long-term clients, sometimes for a few years.

-   How much will it cost me?
    £50 per session.

So it's an investment worth making in order to find a way forward.

If you have relationship or family issues, are experiencing anxiety or depression, suffering from stress, have experienced a bereavement (including miscarriage), or have low self-esteem, and want someone to listen, understand and support you without making judgements, then please contact me.  I offer support in anger management, bullying, and redundancy as well as those who are struggling with or exploring spirituality.

I have many years' experience as a counsellor in a GPs surgery, in private practice, and in schools (counselling staff and children). My work with schools has been featured in Times Education Supplement and in School Leadership Today.  Managers refer staff to me for counselling and support.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their code of ethics.

Parking available.  Easy access from Reading town centre, Wokingham, A329M, M4.

*B.E. Wampold, 'The Great Psychotherapy Debate' in BACP 'Therapy Today' Nov '14

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (hons) 2.1 English, University of Reading
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, University of Reading
Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling, University of Reading
Certificate in Mediation, Mediation UK
Coaching Certificate, Bracknell and Wokingham College

Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • In search of a good-enough work-life balance
  • Work-related stress: what is it and what can I do about it?
  • Mindfulness
  • Self-compassion


£50 per session.

Further information

I facilitate Resilience and Well-being Programmes for Headteachers. This offers school and academy leaders, across all phases, the opportunity to meet with a supportive group of colleagues in a confidential environment at a tranquil, restorative venue.

I take referrals from leaders in education settings and can provide testimonials about my services.

Please contact me for further details - or 077 1892 4003

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG6

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I have daytime and evening appointments available, Monday - Thursday.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults