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

Reading, Berkshire, RG6
077 1892 4003 077 1892 4003

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


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy


£50 per session.

Further information

I facilitate Resilience and Well-being Programmes for Headteachers and school leaders, providing 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 - chris.gothard@working4wellbeing.co.uk or 077 1892 4003


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Chris Gothard - MBACP, BA, PGCE, DipCouns, DipCoaching, Cert Mediation

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