My name is Christina. As your counsellor I will provide you with a confidential non-judgmental space in which you can feel safe to tell your story, express your real feelings and fears and feel heard. I will support you to explore thoughts and feelings that you are finding painful and distressing and try to help you towards a resolution.
I work with individual clients, adults or children, both long-and short term. I can offer you face to face or online sessions. 'Walk and talk' is also available for adults.
How I work:
I'm not a counsellor who just sits quietly and nods their head from time to time. In order for you to feel comfortable to bring any issue that is troubling you, it is important that we we build a relationship based on trust and openness. I will offer you a supportive and reflective space and listen to you in an open-minded and non-judgmental way. I will be transparent in the way I work with you and share my thoughts and reflections with you.
My approach is described as integrative. This means that I work using skills from different counselling approaches (psychodynamic, humanistic, CBT, solution focussed or creative methods) to best help you with whatever difficulties you bring to counselling. I believe that everyone is different and uses counselling in their own unique way depending on personality, history and the issues you want to address and, therefore, I am flexible and adjust to your needs.
I know from my own experience that life can be difficult at times, maybe because of our experiences as a child and/or what life throws at us as adults. And often we find that there is a link between the two, themes that repeat in our lives and that continue to cause us pain, anxiety and unhappiness. Or we might have suffered the loss of a loved one that is hard to cope with, separation/divorce, loss of income, confusion over our identity (sexual, nationality, cultural), loss of home country regardless of whether this was through choice or fleeing persecution, bullying in the workplace etc.
Our first session:
The first session is a chance for us to meet and see if we want to work together and if we can build a therapeutic relationship. That relationship will be the core of our work together. I will need to gather some background information to understand you better and define therapeutic goals.
I will also need to gather some basic information about you and talk about the way that we want to work together , including possible length of therapy, cancellations, costs etc.
My work with children:
As your child's counsellor I will provide your child with a confidential non-judgmental space in which s/he can feel safe to tell their story, express their real feelings and fears and feel heard. I will support your child to explore difficult feelings or experiences and move forward.
I work in an integrative way with children and use a variety of different methods or approaches, depending on your child and their difficulties.
Play is the natural language of children which they use to express themselves, therefore, a lot of the therapeutic work is usually done using creative methods - arts and crafts, clay, play with toys (e.g. small animals), role play etc. I also use Feelings cards and the Inside Out characters to help your child explore and name feelings and make sense of them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked as a counsellor with adults in a domestic abuse charity as well as for general counselling services and Place2Be.
I have many years experience of offering counselling/play therapy to children in primary schools.
I have extensive experience of working with adults, children and families in family support roles in charities and statutory services.
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling - 2005
- Certificate in Humanistic and Psychodynamic Counselling - 2003
- Certificate in Counselling Children - 2015
- I am currently studying for a Diploma in Creative Supervision
- I regularly take part in courses for my continued professional development
- I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to their code of ethics
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
£40.00 per session
Concessions offered for
I charge £40 per hour. Concessionary rates are available.
I am available to see clients on Mondays, Tuesdays day or evening and on Wednesday evenings. Saturday appointments are also a possibility.
I am a clinical supervisor in training and am currently completing a Diploma in Creative Supervision with the London Centre for Psychodrama.
I am a BACP registered integrative counsellor, working both with children and adults. I have worked for the charity Place2Be for many years, offering supervision to counsellors, both experienced and trainee, working with children in schools. I now run a private practice as a therapist and supervisor.
As a Supervisor I offer an empathic, supportive approach using creative and theoretical approaches to explore and deepen the clinical work with clients. I can give you ideas, insight and constructive feed-back on the client work being discussed.
I am flexible in my supervision approach, while remaining accepting of different theoretical models and each supervisee’s unique and individual style of delivering therapy. My intention would be that the supervisee leaves a supervision session feeling a little clearer and better about their work, and goes on to make sense of their sessions and to achieve therapeutic progress with their client.
I have extensive experience in safeguarding, multi-agency liaison and working with parents.
Whilst I am completing my supervision training I am charging £25 per hour for supervision, however, this will increase to £35 - 40 once I am qualified.
I AM CURRENTLY OFFERING SUPERVISION SESSIONS EITHER FACE-TO-FACE OR ONLINE, VIA ZOOM.