Christine Anderson

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MA; Adv Dip; MBACP
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Faversham, ME13
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

The thing I love most about this work, is helping individuals strengthen their relationships with themselves and others.  Life's big transitions, such as bereavement, redundancy, divorce or becoming a carer (to name but a few), can be exhausting, confusing and overwhelming.  I help adults of all ages navigate these changes, but in recent years the majority of my enquires are from younger adults.

There's often a general expectation to achieve certain things by a certain age. This applies particularly to young adults and professionals.  You may be thinking about establishing or changing a career, further education, exploring your identity, wanting a partner or more friends, starting a family or leaving a relationship, and all the while, responsibilities and commitments are increasing. 

Perhaps you feel overwhelmed by crucial decisions, or you're stuck repeating patterns in relationships. Maybe you know something needs to change, but it's difficult to pinpoint what it is. This is also a time where past and painful experiences begin to surface, such as childhood neglect or trauma.  With so much going on, it's natural to feel stuck or aimless, and have feelings of not being good enough. 

 I can help you find clarity by addressing the root cause of your concerns. We'll explore your past, especially if it affects your ability to make changes in the present, and we'll find ways to stop you becoming tangled in your thoughts. While the past is important it's what you do now that matters.

Originally my background was in the Arts and Media.  I've always been interested in the stories we tell ourselves and in helping people tell their own stories.  My experience of being on the other end of the counselling process as a young adult led me to train as a counsellor.  I learnt that counselling is an investment in future relationships - when you can be more fully yourself, you open the door to deeper connections with others, and the effects of that are surprisingly far reaching. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Diploma and Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling; courses that have been accredited by the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and as a registered member of the BACP I operate within their ethical framework.

I'm committed to my own continuing professional development and I stay well informed of the latest developments within my field in order to enrich my practise. I also undertake regular supervision to ensure that I'm providing the best level of care to my clients.

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Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Please take that first step and get in touch to arrange a free 20 minute initial phone call.  My practice is welcoming and inclusive.

My fee is £60 per weekly session of 50 minutes

Further information

I see clients from Faversham and surrounding areas, face to face in central Faversham, and work with individuals from all over the UK online.

Although it's natural to feel anxious about starting counselling (especially if you haven't had it before) I aim to provide a warm and supportive environment for our work. It's important to me that you feel secure enough to be able to open up in the therapy room. 

I put our relationship at the centre of the therapy, so this means we'll check in with each other regularly and talk about how we think the counselling process is going and what is and isn't working for you.  Together we'll make sure we're taking the route that's right for you. As you become comfortable talking to me honestly about your wants and needs, you will gain more self-compassion, and the confidence to communicate authentically to others.

Previous clients have often reported feeling lighter after sessions, and have described my style as "calming."  A first session is mainly about you getting a sense of whether you'd feel comfortable working with me - whether we'd be a good fit.  You'd tell me as much or as little as feels right for you, and I get the opportunity to think about how I can best be of help.

At the end of that first session, I'll give you some information about my practice to take away and read, so that if you need it, you can have some time to think about it before setting up any more sessions. 

Faversham, ME13

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Christine Anderson
Christine Anderson