Chris Walsh MBACP (Accred), Counselling, Relationships, Supervision
I am an accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, working with individuals and couples, exploring a wide range of difficulties such as relationships, addictions, dealing with bereavement or other loss or change in life, stress and anxiety or pressures of family life.
As human beings, we are social creatures. We strive to have relationships, to have esteem, be successful in work, to look back over a life of worth. But those things do not always turn out as we wish. We try to put on a brave face to hide disappointments, we launch into new challenges and relationships to hide the feelings and failings of previous ones, or we may become angry or distant with loved ones to deflect how we feel inside.
As an integrative counsellor I blend different models of counselling to provide an effective, safe, and confidential service in looking at the issues you bring and exploring the thoughts and feelings they bring out. Our sessions would include aspects of psychodynamic, cognitive, experiential, humanistic and cbt models of therapy. Sessions can include exploring how the past affects the present, or cognitive work to look at how you see things and interpret them. Some clients bring their dreams or nightmares, while couples explore the niggles that escalate and devastate their relationships. I work with the pictures your words paint for me.
In past and present work with individuals and couples, in private practice, with an alcohol agency, with Women’s Aid, and with terminal illness; I work with many of the problems that trouble us in life; bereavement, loss and change, difficulties in marriage, couple or other relationships, stress and anxiety in life and work, domestic abuse, alcohol misuse and addictions.
As a couples or marriage counsellor, it's about working with two people and often two differing viewpoints, understanding perhaps how the dreams and expectations of the early years have been buried under disappointments, blame, and rows. 'We still love each other, but don't like each other' is a familiar starting point with couples, but many of them have turned things around to rediscover what they liked in each other. As well as exploring the difficulties in the relationship, we look at what attracted each to the other, how you communicate with each other, and what you learnt growing up in the model of your parents' relationship. It's about hearing and understanding the feelings in the other's voice, not the blame in their words.
While addictions or addictive habits occur for different reasons, they often begin as a way of dealing with other painful issues, but can become bigger and more devastating than the root issue. Our work would explore the addiction as well as possible root issues. we explore the difficulties you live with, the support of others, and the obstacles they perhaps put in your way. We work to bring about make small changes, foundations, that you can build on to recover lives and relationships.
Working with eating disorders, it's about exploring their emergence and development, understanding the underlining issues, and hopefully working to reduce or minimise their effects.
With stress, depression, anxiety and abuse, we also explore the isolation and shame that can exist with these issues. We know how we should be, but why can’t we change, get over it, and make the changes work?
Working with bereavement and other loss, we explore the feelings, difficulties and other things we did not expect to feel. The importance of a loved one, or a career we were proud of. Of something we had that's no longer there.
I also offer online and telephone counselling in the UK and beyond where appropriate. Counselling through Skype replicates many facets of being together in the room, but with allowances being made for some subtle differences. I feel that Skype allows people who travel the UK and beyond, for work or study, to maintain our working relationship, connection, continuity and support. As in face to face counselling, Skype and phone sessions take place in an equally confidential and respectful setting.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling
Post Graduate Certificate in Couple Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Areas of specialism:
Understanding relationships for individuals and couples
Working with couples to explore and repair relationships, as well as letting go
Loneliness, despair and suicide
Alcohol, substance or other addictive issues
Life threatening/terminal illness
I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their guidelines on ethical practice.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Photos & videos
My counselling practice is in Bexley Village just up from the station. I’m at 4c Bexley High Street, Bexley, DA5 1AD, on the corner of Salisbury Road by Village Estates(click for map and street view). The entrance is the green door in Salisbury Road, numbered 4a, opposite Ferrari’s Restaurant. Free on-street parking is available locally.
It is within easy reach of Bromley, Dartford, Sidcup, Eltham, in fact anywhere in South East London and North West Kent served by the A2 and A20.
Home appointments are also available, in appropriate circumstances, and subject to distance.
I also offer online and telephone counselling where appropriate when distance is an issue. Counselling through Skype replicates many facets of being together in the room, but with allowances being made for some subtle differences. As in face to face counselling, Skype and phone sessions take place in an equally confidential and respectful setting. Please contact me if you are looking for this form of counselling and have questions on this process.
I see clients Monday to Thursday, daytime and evenings. Sessions are by appointment; they last an hour, and are £50 for individuals, £60 for couples. Fees are payable by cash or cheque at each appointment. Counselling or supervision for trainees is £30 for day time sessions and £35 for evenings.
For more information about where I am and how we could work, or just counselling in general, please view my website at www.chriswalshcounselling.co.uk.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available for face to face, Skype or telephone, any time Monday to Thursday
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I can offer integrative supervision to counsellors and students as well as those practicing in other caring professions.