Hello, my name is Christine Barstow, I am BACP Accredited with a BSc Diploma in Counselling, a certificate in Supervision and over twenty years of experience of counselling in different settings, educational, NHS, voluntary, corporate and Employer Assisted Programmes. I counselled hospital staff, in both long and short term appointments as per their need for over six years and throughout the pandemic so am experienced with working with those in crisis. I also taught counselling at a local college for fifteen years, encouraging and mentoring students to become counsellors themselves.
My style of counselling is person-centred and eclectic, I work to your needs, the sessions are tailored to you. I am approachable, non-judgmental and empathic. I am here to listen and help you explore your concerns in a welcoming, comfortable and confidential setting.
I now also offer Walk & Talk Therapy this is a hugely beneficial form of therapy that involves being out in the open with nature, taking advantage of natural day light, exercise and fresh air endorphins. It is a social therapy, talking and human interaction can bring peace and lightness. Some clients have found this hugely beneficial to their progress.
My aim is to help you live a more satisfying life to facilitate growth, change and acceptance.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include:
- BSc Therapeutic Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling and Human relations level 4
- Certificate in Supervision
- Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills
- RSA in Counselling and the development of learning
- BACP Accreditation
Some of my training, workshops and Continued Professional Development include:
- Solution focused Therapy
- Working with Sudden death
- Self harm
- Eating disorders
- Domestic Violence
- Drama Therapy
- Self Esteem
- Sexual awareness
- Drugs and solvent misuse
- Child protection
- Working with shame and guilt
- Post Traumatic Stress
- Couples Counselling
- Special Needs
- Equality & Diversity
- BACP training workshop and network meetings
- FGM courses
- Take your therapy outdoors workshop
- Online & Telephone Certified Counselling
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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 personal and professional experience of bereavement and loss, this is one area that I feel passionate about. My experiences have led me to develop my skills in a caring, compassionate, non judgmental way. I recognise that loss is in many different forms (bereavement, relationships, divorce, life change, as well as other challenges) and reconciling to change can be an emotional trauma.
I now have some availability for supervisees, having worked in a college setting for over fifteen years, I am happy to offer a discounted rate for students and NQC's of £45 for 90 minutes.
£35.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Each session lasts 60 minutes, the first meeting will be an assessment of your counselling needs and what style of counselling will work for us to achieve the best result for you.
Sessions cost £35 for individuals, £40 for couples and a discounted rate of £30 is available for students.
Supervision is £60 for 90 minutes and £45 for students for 90 minutes.
Sessions can be booked throughout the week and some weekend appointments are available.
Some areas of concern that may be brought to counselling include
- Relationship problems
- Work issues
- Low confidence & self esteem
- Student Life
As well as any other issues.