Christian Povey MBACP, Counsellor BSc Hons/Dip. Counselling
Due to COVID-19 I am now offering online sessions. Please contact me for further details. LGBTQ affirmative therapist, HIV and chemsex specialist
My name is Christian, I’m an experienced counsellor registered with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer a safe, confidential and professional counselling service based in Newbury. I work in a warm and empathic way and shape the therapy to your particular needs. Together we can not only explore your current situation but also acknowledge how past experiences, relationships, and histories could be impacting how you feel, think and act in the present.
I have experience supporting clients affected by stress, anxiety and depression, those experiencing relationship difficulties, trauma, clients living with HIV, and chemsex users to name but a few. I also have a particular interest in all LGBTQ issues. I unfortunately do not offer couples counselling or work with clients under the age of 18.
Alongside my private practice I also work as a counsellor for a local sexual health charity and as a counsellor for a major international airline. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) I adhere to their ethical framework for good practice and am committed to working safely, ethically and professionally. I hold a current DBS, indemnity insurance and am registered with the Information Commissioner's Office.
Contemplating making initial contact with a counsellor may feel daunting but please get in touch if you are currently struggling or are in pain, need extra support or would like to understand yourself better. I offer a free introductory session so you can get a feel for me and my way of working, then in your own time you can decide if I’m the right therapist for you. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
- BSc. (Honours) Geography- University of Wales, Aberystwyth
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
First 50 minute session is free.
Subsequent sessions cost £45.00 per 50 minute session.