Dr Christine Bonsmann, BACP (Accred), UKCP (Accred), MBPsS, DProf, MSc, MBA

Dr Christine Bonsmann, BACP (Accred), UKCP (Accred), MBPsS, DProf, MSc, MBA

39a Regent Street
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5EE

07950064086

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39a Regent Street
Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32 5EE

07950064086

About me

I am able to work with you to help you to:

  • Feel less stressed or anxious and become able to improve your wellbeing.
  • Feel less lost, unmotivated or stuck and become able to feel more engaged in life.
  • Feel less isolated, misunderstood or alone and start to feel more confident.
  • Understand and improve your relationships at home and in the workplace.

I have a wide experience of working in various clinical settings in the NHS, mental health organisations, eating disorder clinics, business organisations and private practice delivering successful outcomes for clients and am able to offer:

  • Face-to-face counselling for individuals and couples.
  • Short-term solution-focused therapy and long-term therapy as required.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) interventions.
  • Coaching and personal development for professionals.
  • Counselling services to EAPs, insurance companies and business organisations.
  • Workplace wellness and training and development workshops.
  • Telephone counselling.

My key areas of experience are:

Work Issues: Problems at work can spill over into the other areas of life.  I can work with you to help you overcome problems in the workplace, for example work stress, loss of direction, loss of confidence and difficulties in work relationships.  I have worked with clients with work problems for several years and am experienced in working with EAPs and organisations.  I have held senior managerial positions in the past, for example I have worked as a qualified Financial Controller in The City and have an MBA Degree from a leading business school.  I am a founding member of the BACP Division of Coaching.

Anxiety and stress: Anxiety can ruin your life and it can also make your life feel very small.  It can inform every thought and decision you make or fail to make.  Stress leads to distress and it can end up ruining your life.  I am experienced in working with people to develop coping strategies to manage anxiety, to understand anxiety and to explore ways to alleviate anxiety.  If you feel socially anxious, it can feel particularly difficult to access counselling and I am experienced and very sensitive in working with people who feel this way.  I am also very experienced in and knowledgeable about academic issues including writing assignments, theses and vivas.

Feeling Low: Depression can lead to a vicious circle of inactivity.  It can make it hard to get up in the morning, let alone do anything productive.  Maybe you feel like staying in bed all day and think that others can't even begin to imagine just how helpless or lost you feel.  I can help you to work through these feelings and become more engaged with life.

Relationship Issues: I work with individuals who find it hard to navigate relationships, have low self-esteem or have difficulties in making friends to find ways to overcome obstacles to living life in a fulfilling way.  I also work with clients experiencing guilt, relationship breakdowns, separation, divorce, affairs and betrayals to help them to move forward.  I can help you to work through shame, disappointment and loss you might be feeling.  I help couples who are experiencing difficulties to decide how they would like their relationship to be.  I have undertaken certified training in couples counselling to inform this specialist work.

Please refer to my website www.yourtherapyspace.co.uk for more information about counselling and how it may help you.

Why me?

I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a graduate member of British Psychological Society (BPS).  I have received training in the three main widely-recognised types of therapy: humanistic therapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and brief psychodynamic therapy. I draw on these trainings to tailor an approach which suits your needs and preferences so that we make sure that we work on your goals for therapy and work towards helping you to achieve positive and lasting change. I have also undertaken specialist certified training in couples counselling and coaching.

Further I have successfully completed a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy.  I keep up to date with the latest thinking and research in the field of counselling and psychotherapy.  I regularly participate in continuing professional development activities in line with good ethical practice and have trained in a wide number of therapy topics.  I have been working as a counsellor for 13 years.  Please note I am not a GP and am unable to prescribe medication.

Where am I?

I am based in central Leamington Spa with nearby parking.

What next?

If you have any questions or wish to make an appointment, then please ring on 0795 006 4086 or email me at info@yourtherapyspace.co.uk and I will get back to you as soon as I can and this will usually be within 24 hours.  I am able to offer evening appointments.  I have a limited number of Saturday morning appointments available.

I know it can be hard to ask for help and you may be worried about what to say.  I will do my best to appreciate that and we can figure out the way forward together.  We can start working together to achieve your goals and discover how you would like the rest of your life to be.  I look forward to hearing from you.

If you are concerned about a family member or friend, then please ask them to contact me directly.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • MSc Counselling Psychology (Distinction)
  • Master of Professional Practice (Health and Social Care) (Distinction)
  • PG Diploma Counselling Psychology
  • PG Certificate in Primary Care Mental Health
  • Advanced Diploma CBT
  • Diploma in Life Coaching (Distinction)
  • Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training
  • Post Diploma Certificate in Couples Counselling
  • Transactional Analysis 101 Training
  • Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate in Supervision
  • EMDR Part 1
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD
  • MBA
  • Researcher in the field of counselling and psychotherapy
  • Published author in the field of counselling and psychotherapy

Professional Memberships

  • Accredited Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
  • Accredited Member of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
  • Graduate Member of British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology (BPS)
  • Founding Member of BACP Coaching Division

My research interests are concerned with how clients experience therapy, and this research helps to inform my practice.  I am a published author in the counselling and psychotherapy field and my peer-reviewed published papers inform the practice of other counsellors and mental health professionals and help clients to understand the therapy process.  I have presented my research at international conferences, most recently at the BACP Annual Research Conference in 2017 which is an internationally acclaimed counselling and psychotherapy conference.  I also teach counselling and psychotherapy students undertaking doctoral studies.

Supervision Services

I am qualified to supervise other counsellors’ work.  If you are a counsellor seeking supervision or consultancy, please contact me to arrange an informal meeting to help you to decide if I could help you.  I am also able to offer supervision to other professionals who need support or guidance in their field.  I am able to draw on a wide experience in counselling and psychotherapy, research, the mental health field, business organisations and working in different cultures to inform my supervision practice and your professional practice.

Professional Achievements

Presentation of research, BACP Annual Research Conference, Chester, 2017
Presentation of research, University of Chester, 2016
Presentation of research, Research Institute for Health & Social Change, Manchester, 2011
Presentation of research, BACP Annual Research Conference, London, 2010
Presentation of Symposium, BACP Annual Research Conference, London, 2010
Presentation of research, Postgraduate Conference, University of Salford, 2010
Presentation of research, University of Keele, 2008, 2010
Original Research published in Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2018
Original Research published in Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2017
Original research published in Counselling Psychology Review, December 2010
Co-authored research paper published in Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, June 2010

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
UKCP

Accredited register membership

Fees

Individuals: £50
Couples: £60

Fees for Saturday morning appointments are £60 for individuals and £70 for couples.

Fees are payable in advance by cash, cheque, card or bank transfer.  The cost of your sessions may be covered by your insurance company and you can check with them.  I am approved by a number of insurance companies.

I have some limited spaces for low-income clients and concessions are discussed on an individual basis.  I am interested in making therapy accessible.

Further information

Please refer to my website www.yourtherapyspace.co.uk to see how I look after any data you send to me.

Maps & Directions

Leamington Spa, CV32 5EE

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme