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Christian Povey MBACP, Counsellor BSc Hons/Dip. Counselling

About me

My name is Christian and I’m a qualified and experienced counsellor registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) based in Newbury. I offer a safe, confidential and caring space for you to explore whatever is troubling you without fear of judgement, criticism or blame. We all experience times in our lives when we find things difficult to cope with. Asking for help can be difficult but talking to a professional whose life and relationships are completely separate from your own can be hugely beneficial. I have experience working with people suffering from a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship difficulties, sexual abuse, HIV, and chemsex to name but a few. I have a particular interest in all LGBTQ+ issues. I unfortunately do not work with clients under the age of 18.

As an integrative counsellor I believe that the relationship that develops between counsellor and client is central to the therapeutic process. It's the therapeutic relationship that offers the possibility of healing, insight and change. I work in a warm and empathic way and shape the therapy to your particular needs. Primarily I combine a person-centred approach with psychodynamic theory. Together we can not only explore your current situation but also acknowledge how past experiences, relationships, and histories could be impacting how you think, feel and act in the present.

I offer weekly counselling appointments in lovely rooms in Newbury. There is free off-road parking, the clinic is on a regular bus route and also a short walk from Newbury train station. I also offer online counselling sessions as appropriate (via Zoom).

Making initial contact with a counsellor may feel daunting but please get in touch if you are currently struggling, are in pain, need extra support or would like to understand yourself better. I offer a free introductory session online or £10 face to face for me to listen to your needs and for you to 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

Member organisations


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

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).

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Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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First 50 minute face to face session is £10. Free if online (via zoom)

£40.00 for weekly 50 minute sessions.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


Flexible availability including evening appointments

Types of client

Employee Assistance Programme
Christian Povey MBACP, Counsellor BSc Hons/Dip. Counselling

Christian Povey MBACP, Counsellor BSc Hons/Dip. Counselling