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MSc, Dip, MBACP

About me

Hello, I’m Chris, a qualified and experienced, fully registered BACP psychotherapist and counsellor. The decision to seek therapy often comes at a point in life when you’re wanting to create change. I understand how daunting it can be to reach out and make contact, which is why I offer a space that is non-judgemental, interactive, and confidential. It’s a space for you to discuss whatever is on you mind.

I am open to working with most people and problems, but my areas of interest / specialisms are: anxiety and depression, bereavement and loss, identity issues, men’s health, young adults and students.

I am trained in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, which underpins my theoretical framework, but I also draw on some techniques from Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and the Dual Process Model, which is a way of working with bereavement.

My way of working is exploratory, which means examining your thoughts and feelings, looking at behaviour patterns, and creating links between your present difficulties and past experiences.  It’s a reflective space for you to think openly and honestly about your internal world.

Working in a psychodynamic way means taking a closer look at your early relationships and experiences as these are a blueprint for our adult life. We all have feelings and experiences that are filtered out and repressed unconsciously, usually because they are too difficult for us to think about at the time. Often, these thoughts and feelings will show up in a different way that might leave you feeling anxious or “horrible”, depressed or angry, lacking in direction, looking for meaning, or “out of sorts”.

I recognise that our internal worlds are also influenced by our external worlds, which can impact us in ways we might not realise. Our identity is made up of different parts that intersect, creating different internal experiences. 

I’m not a traditional, silent psychotherapist. I am interactive and will offer up interpretations that are designed to give you some insight and space to think about yourself on a deeper level. I believe the therapeutic relationship is important to the outcome of therapy, so finding the right “click” or fit is paramount.

To the men who might be thinking about therapy and are unsure about the idea of “talking about feelings”, as a man myself, I believe that knowing what we feel in any situation creates knowledge and understanding of one’s self that allows us to increase our self awareness. 

I offer an interactive, non-judgemental, and confidential space that can be challenging where needed. I will listen to you and work with you.

If you are interested in counselling, but are feeling unsure or have questions, you can contact me via this site, email, or text. Please leave your name, mobile number, email address, and a brief description of how I can help. I aim to respond by email or text within 24 hours, at which point I will offer a free, short phone call to discuss your needs in more detail.

If you choose to give counselling a try, I will schedule an assessment, which will last about 1 hour. This will go into more depth about your difficulties. It’s a chance for me to see how I can help you and for you to see if you want to work with me. If you decide to proceed, we will begin weekly 50-minute sessions.

I work with long-term, open-ended, short-term, and time-limited clients. Often, short-term / time-limited involves working on a specific issue, while long-term / open-ended work is designed to focus on creating change on a deeper, broader level.

The benefits of virtual therapy is it’s, generally, easier to fit into your day, and it bridges the gap for anyone who might struggle with in-person social interaction.

Training, qualifications & experience

My clinical training took place at Birkbeck College, University of London, where I graduated with an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have also completed a Diploma in Psychology from The Open University.

I have gained experience from working in student services within the counselling departments at University College London and King’s College London in the role of a Student Counsellor. I also spent many years working as a Bereavement Support Counsellor at the North London Hospice. I have worked with people from different cultural, racial, and religious heritages, as well as the LGBTQ+ community, neuro-diverse community, and a wide range of ages from 18-82. 

Before qualifying as a psychotherapist, I was a scriptwriter, writing for TV and short films. I’m currently working on writing a children’s picture book exploring mental health themes for ages 7-10. 

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

  • Cultural issues
  • Identity
  • Loss
  • Men’s issues
  • Sexual identity 
  • Sexuality
  • Writer’s block
  • Young adults / Student issues

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£60 for assessment and all subsequent 50-minute sessions. 

I operate a sliding scale and open to negotiating a lower fee that is conditional on individual circumstances. 

When I work

Please contact me for info regarding availability.

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom