Dr Chris Keithley
I am a Chartered Counselling Psychologist with extensive experience of working in a variety of NHS primary and secondary care mental health services, as well as more traditional counselling settings. I am fully qualified with both the Health and Care Professionals Council and British Psychological Society. Through my clinical work, in particular within community mental health settings, I have wide experience of working with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, panic disorder, trauma, abuse, relationship difficulties, personality disorders, addiction, bereavement, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias and bipolar disorder.
My core training was in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Person-Centred Therapy and Psychodynamic Therapies, however I have undertaken further training in Cognitive Analytic Therapy, EMDR, Mentalisation Based Therapy, Dialectical Behavioural Therapy and Compassion Focused Therapy. As I believe that each person’s experience is unique I will often integrate several of these therapeutic models, which allows me to be flexible and adaptive to your needs. However, I base all of my practice in a warm, open, non-judgmental and compassionate therapeutic relationship as such a relationship is key to successful therapy
In a previous career, I have also worked within Organisational Psychology and as a management consultant for more than 10 years, thus bring an understanding of the unique challenges and stressors of working in organisational environments. Furthermore, I have a particular interest in mental health within sport and have supported elite level athletes with their unique challenges in relation to mental health.
I offer appointments from two comfortable, professional locations in Durham City and Sacriston (just outside Durham) with easy access by public transport or car.
Please call or email me to set up an initial 60 minute assessment session. During this we can find out about what is causing you distress and how I may be able to help. Following the initial assessment we can then agree any future appointments.
Please see https://northeastcounselling.co.uk/ for further details
Training, qualifications & experience
- Doctorate in Counselling Psychology (Teesside University)
- MSc Organisational Psychology (City University, London)
- Level A Psychometric Testing (BPS)
- PGDip Psychology (University of Newcastle)
- BA (Hons) Chinese and French (University of Leeds)
- PRINCE2 practitioner Project Management
Further training includes:
- Autism L2 and L3 diagnostic training
- Trauma Focused CBT
- EMDR parts 1-3
- MBT Practitioner level
- Identifying dissociative features of complex trauma
- Advanced Clinical Skills in Compassion Focused Therapy
- Working with Complex Trauma
- Introduction to Dialectical Behavioural Therapy
- Cognitive Analytic Therapy for Psychosis
- Solution Focused Coaching
- Cruse bereavement training
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist interest in issues linked to mental health in sport and have supported elite athletes with mental health issues.
I have delivered extensive training within NHS teams on topics including working with trauma, bereavement and grief, and mindfulness and offer this expertise through training packages to other public and private sector organisations.
I also offer therapy via video conferencing and telephone.
We have a new psychotherapist in the practice so please see updated rates below:
Initial assessment session psychologist/psychotherapist: £85/£60
Individual therapy session psychologist/psychotherapist: £80/£60
Individual supervision session: £65
Trainee psychologists/other mental health professionals in training therapy or supervision: £50 (50-60minutes)
All sessions last 50 minutes
Price on Application for Organisational consulting/Employee Assistance Programmes
Private Health Insurance
I am an approved provider with insurance companies AVIVA and AXA PPP Healthcare. If you would like your appointments to be covered by your insurance then it is usually best to contact your provider to confirm their criteria. If you would like any assistance then please contact me. Note that my fees for insurance work are variable and thus differ from those quoted above.
Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm
Please contact me via telephone, my website https://northeastcounselling.co.uk/, or by using the ‘Email Me/Email this Counsellor’ button on this website to discuss your needs.
Telephone: 07708 476330
We can then schedule an initial assessment appointment, which will allow me to find out a bit more about you and the issues you would like to work through, and also will give you the chance to find out about me and how we may work together.