Christina Davies, BSc(Hons) Counselling; Reg MBACP
Christina Davies Counselling Practice offers a high quality, caring, private counselling service to individuals and couples.
I am an experienced Integrative Counsellor, and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP), and abide by its Ethical Framework and Code of Conduct.
I am passionate about offering clients a good experience of coming for counselling, just as I would expect for myself.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I will work with you on an individual basis, ensuring I listen to what you wish to talk about, and fit my approach to your needs. We are all different after all, and no two people will have exactly the same outlook or feelings about a particular issue or problem. In my counselling practice I integrate aspects of different theoretical models, including Person Centred Therapy and Brief Solution Focused Therapy, as well as elements of Mindfulness and Transactional Analysis as appropriate.
I might also think about creative ways of engaging with my clients, for example, using objects to explore feelings or issues that are difficult to talk about, or maybe artwork or music to uncover thoughts and feelings. That said, nothing is expected or forced on anyone; it is all a matter of personal choice.
My aim is to always support and guide you along the way, not to tell you what to do or what direction to take. Exploring your life can be a painful journey, you might want to stop and start a number of times before being able to go forward, and that's OK. The reward at the end will be worth it - even if you only change one aspect of your life, it will still be change, which in itself can lead to further change!
Counselling can offer you different insights into your challenges, and greater clarity about how you might make positive changes in your life. It may also help you to feel more confident and happy with yourself, your life and relationships.
“As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live” (Goethe)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced qualified Integrative Counsellor, holding a First Class Honours Degree in Counselling, in addition to a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling.
I also have over 30 years experience as a professional Practitioner, Manager and Supervisor in the social care field.
In addition, I have been an Accredited Volunteer with Cruse Bereavement Care for some years, having trained to work with both adults, and children and adolescents, who have been bereaved.
I continue to undertake a range of ongoing training courses, to ensure I keep my practice up to date, and as part of my continued professional development.
I have a current Enhanced DBS (police check), appropriate Insurance, and undertake regular Clinical Supervision as required by BACP.
I have a wide range of experience and training in working with individuals and couples struggling with personal problems and relationship difficulties.
I also offer private counselling through contracts with Organisations.
My counselling experience has encompassed working with people who have a wide range of mental health challenges, including complex conditions; depression; anxiety; generalised anxiety disorder; stress; panic attacks; low self esteem; bereavement and loss; children and adults who have been abused; women and men experiencing domestic abuse; PTSD/trauma; addiction; eating and image issues; and people who are struggling to find a reason to stay alive. I also have experience of counselling male and female clients who have experienced sexual assault and rape, working with both recent and historic assault and trauma.
I have experience counselling women and men going through various life transitions; coming to terms with medical diagnoses including cancer; disability; menopause; ageing; death of a partner; miscarriage; infertility; relationship difficulties; children leaving home; divorce. Having worked as part of a Hospital Counselling Service, I also have experience of counselling carers of people who have had strokes, TIA's, heart attacks, as well as with clients coming to terms with a life changing medical diagnosis, pain management and loss of mobility.
Increasingly, many people find themselves facing work issues which impact on their relationships and lives, for example, through redundancy, loss of job and status, financial issues, bullying and harassment, a demanding work schedule. Or it might be personal issues that are affecting how they carry out their work. I have experience of providing confidential counselling as a member of an in-house Occupational Health Counselling Service. However, I know that it is not always easy to talk with someone in HR or Occupational Health attached to your place of work. Private counselling, independent and not associated with the workplace, can be helpful as it is more arms length.
In addition to the above, I have extensive experience of working with and counselling children, adolescents and families whose lives are affected by fostering or adoption. I offer a warm and supportive approach to those of you who are now adults, maybe struggling to find the missing pieces of your jigsaws, confused about your identity, feelings of rejection, low self esteem, and issues of attachment. For adoptive parents, you might be trying to come to terms with not being able to have birth children, the impact of fertility treatment on self and relationships, the challenges adopting a child can present. I am also experienced in counselling birth parents and offer a non judgemental space to explore the impact of losing a child.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have undertaken specific training in working with Couples, eg Advanced Certificate in Couples Therapy.
I have specialist knowledge and expertise in the fields of adoption and fostering.
I am an experienced Bereavement Counsellor.
I am ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills) trained.
I am trained in Mindfulness eg Professional Training in the Therapeutic Use of Mindfulness (British Mindfulness Institute London); 8 week MBCT course.
I have longstanding Safeguarding (children and adult protection) experience and training with both children and adults.
I hold the TA101 Certificate (Transactional Analysis).
I am trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Techniques) to Level 2 (known as 'tapping' or 'acupuncture without needles').
I have undertaken training in 'Focusing', a self care approach that helps us tune into 'self'.
I have undertaken various courses in Trauma work, including working with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).
Individual - £53 - Face to Face. Appointments are for one full hour.
During the COVID-19 crisis, recognising the financial impact on so many people, I am offering Online and Telephone sessions at a reduced rate of £45. Appointments are for one full hour.
Couples - £75. Appointments are for one full hour.
During the COVID-19 crisis I am not offering sessions to couples where this is a new referral. I am offering Online and telephone sessions for current couples at a reduced rate of £70, for one full hour.
I will accept cash on the day for face to face appointments. Payment can also be made through direct bank transfer in advance of your appointment.
For online or telephone counselling sessions I will require payment up front, via online bank transfer, at least 48 hours in advance of your appointment.
Cancellation Policy -
Sometimes it is necessary for counselling sessions to be re-scheduled or cancelled and I understand this. However, on such occasions I do require as much notice as possible, as it might then be possible for me to offer someone else that appointment. Therefore, I ask that you give me at least 48 hours notice of cancellation, otherwise I have to ask you to pay for your missed session in full. I hope you will understand and honour this agreement.
If it is an unavoidable emergency, and therefore not possible for you to give me 48 hours notice of cancellation, then we can discuss a possible waiver of my fee.
The room I use in Brecon to offer counselling is pleasant and private, with car parking a minute away, and is easily accessible from the town centre. The building itself is accessible for people with disabilities, including wheelchair access.
For appointments, including after work, please contact me either via the Counselling Directory, my mobile telephone or email. I respond to emails within 24 hours. Telephone enquiries may take a little longer as I do not have a mobile signal where I live. Thank you.
During the current COVID-19 crisis, I will offer online and telephone sessions only. This is for your safety, as well as mine and my family's. I will provide more information on how this will work at the time of enquiry, and also upon booking an appointment.
Practice self care regularly - especially important in these times of high stress and fear - and take time for 'your self', slow down, reflect, and look after yourself as well as others.