Christine Bailey Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
I offer a friendly and confidential relationship within which you can learn about yourself, overcome specific problems such as anxiety and depression, build your confidence and self-esteem or improve your relationships - these are all things that counselling can help with.
I do my best to explain things without using jargon. I invite you to tell me regularly how counselling is working for you (or not) so that we can make changes if we need to. Except for the first couple of sessions and our final session, I invite you to start each session to make sure we are following your agenda and using the time in the way that you want.
People that have researched counselling tell us that the most important factor - after your own motivation and commitment - is the quality of the working relationship between us. That's why it is important for you to decide if I am "your kind of therapist" as well as me having a chance to say whether I am competent to work with your particular difficulty.
I am an integrative counsellor and psychotherapist. This means I use a variety of ways of helping you think through your problems depending on what seems most useful - for example person-centred counselling, exploratory goal-corrected psychotherapyTM, and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT).
Issues I work with
I have 11 years' post qualification experience and have completed over 3700 clinical hours with clients. Within that time I have worked with a wide range of people who have been experiencing issues such as anxiety, stress, depression, relationship conflict or breakdown, trauma, abuse, bullying, work difficulties, bereavement and loss.
I also have 2 specialist areas:
- I have a passion for supporting partners of people with Asperger's Syndrome and other autistic spectrum conditions. Living with someone on the autistic spectrum, whether diagnosed or not, can be challenging in ways that are difficult for others to understand, and can sometimes make you feel you are going crazy. (This has been described as Cassandra Syndrome or Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder.) Counselling can help to build up your confidence and self-esteem and encourage you to create a support network for yourself and pursue your own interests and friendships.
- I have a lot of experience working with men and women who have been sexually abused as children, and with women who have experienced domestic abuse or violence. These experiences can make people vulnerable to further abuse, and can lead to problems such as difficulties in relationships, obsessive or compulsive behaviours, anxiety or low mood, nightmares or flashbacks. Through counselling I can help you come to terms with your painful experience and move on to lead a fulfilling life.
I am a qualified supervisor holding a Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision. I offer integrative supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Support and development for paid and voluntary staff
With many years' experience of working within small voluntary sector organisations, I am well placed to offer consultative support to managers and employees to support you in your work role. I also offer bespoke workshops in self development and interpersonal skills development, e.g. assertiveness skills and constructive conflict management. Contact me to discuss how I can help your organisation.
Finding out more
Do take a look at my website (link at top of page) for further information, and feel free to contact me with any questions, however small. I will be happy to discuss what you are looking for to help you decide how to proceed.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Language/Education, University of York (1990)
Graduate Diploma in Counselling, York St John University (2006)
BACP Accreditation (2010)
BACP Registration (2013)
Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision (2013)
I have 11 years' post qualification experience as a counsellor in paid and voluntary roles. I have completed more than 3600 clinical hours with clients. I undertake regular training to ensure my skills and competence continue to develop.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Cassandra Affective Deprivation Disorder
The fee for an assessment session for counselling is £45 for one hour.
Subsequent counselling sessions are usually weekly and are charged at £45 per hour.
A 10% discount is available to NHS York staff and to holders of a York Carers Centre discount card (ID must be shown at your assessment session to qualify for these discounts).
Fees may be negotiable for those on low incomes - feel free to raise this with me at assessment.
I offer both short-term and long-term counselling and the number of sessions will be agreed between us at the assessment session. This can be shortened or extended at a later date after a full review if we agree that would be helpful.
Counselling supervision is offered at £45 per hour.
Fees are reviewed annually in April.
Access and mobility
Evening counselling sessions (Wednesday evening) take place at the Quaker Meeting House, Friargate, York, YO1 9RL. This venue is in the city centre close to all transport links and is fully accessible. Nearest car parking is at the Castle car park or St George's Fields car park.
Daytime counselling sessions either take place at the Quaker Meeting House, as above, or in my home, a Victorian terrace house. If you have difficulties with mobility, it would be helpful if you would let me know when you contact me so that we can discuss access to the house. Access from the city centre or the railway station is about 20 minutes on foot or 5-10 minutes by bike. Main bus routes pass near by, and free on-street parking is available.
Telephone and Skype counselling
If you are unable to travel to York, telephone or Skype counselling can work for some people. Telephone/Skype appointments take place weekly by agreement at a regular time, just as with face-to-face counselling. Do get in touch if you are interested in discussing this possibility.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday and Wednesday daytimes and Wednesday evenings
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I am a BACP registered and accredited counsellor (Graduate Diploma in Counselling, 2006) and a qualified supervisor (Level 6 Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision, 2013). .View supervision profile