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About me

A bit about me

Hello – my name is Chris. I understand that it is often a quite daunting prospect, making that initial contact to get help from a counsellor but by reading my profile you have taken the first step and I thank you for that.

Many of us are trying to make sense of and cope with issues such as anxiety, depression, bereavement, self-esteem, relationships, and trauma. Often, we can feel low, unhappy or sad and not know why. Sometimes this can become too much and we struggle. Whatever you bring to our counselling sessions you can be sure that you can talk about it openly and without any form of judgement, no issues are too small or too big. I’m here to listen.

As a qualified person-centred counsellor, I believe that the person who knows you best, is you. I won’t be telling you what to do or giving you homework but together we will explore what is worrying you and find a way for you to move forward. I will create a safe, judgement free space for us to work, where you can better understand your feelings and gain insight into how your experiences might be affecting you.

In my own life, personal counselling has been an invaluable tool in helping me to overcome difficult and uncomfortable situations and events. Times when talking to friends or family just wasn’t possible, showed me how powerful having a trained professional listen to you can be. 

Our first session

Our first meeting will be a time where we can learn a little about each other and when we can both decide whether we will be able to work together or not. You can see how and where I work and get an idea or how it feels. The room is quiet, comfortable, safe, private and confidential.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Hons (First Class) – Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.

BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists) member. I work within their Ethical Guidelines at all times. (https://www.bacp.co.uk/media/3103/bacp-ethical-framework-for-the-counselling-professions-2018.pdf) 

Regular Clinical Supervision

Regular Peer Group Supervision

Sessional Counsellor - Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse (Charity)

Sessional Counsellor – SEEVIC College

Working with Trauma in times of trauma

Safeguarding

Enhanced DBS

Fully Insured

Life

My clients have worked through issues including -

·         Affairs and betrayals

·         Anxiety

·         Bereavement

·         Bullying

·         Depression

·         Family issues

·         Feeling sad

·         Generalised anxiety disorder

·         Loneliness

·         Low self-confidence

·         Low self-esteem

·         Panic attacks

·         Redundancy

·         Relationship problems

·         Separation and divorce

·         Stress

·         Suicidal thoughts

Fees

Initial Session              £35 

Further Sessions          £50      

Additional information

All sessions last 50 minutes.

Discounts available for NHS Staff and student counsellors.

Online (Zoom) sessions are available.

Please get in touch with any questions or to book a session.

Email               info@chris-shepherd.com

Phone             07513 918949

Website          https://www.chris-shepherd.com

Email me.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA Hons Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Certified in Online and Telephone Counselling

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

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

From £35.00 to £50.00

Additional information

All sessions last 50 minutes and are priced from £35.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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I have a few sessions available.

Brentwood, Essex, CM15

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults