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About me

Way Forward offers Professional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, and families. I am Accredited with the BABCP, Accredited with the NCS and Professionally Registered with the BACP.

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I have been supporting people who are struggling with their mental health and wellbeing for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including the NHS Private, Voluntary, and Public Sectors.

My overall approach to therapy tends to be straightforward and honest,  I value transparency and direct communication in the therapeutic relationship. I believe in working alongside clients by providing safety and validation to help you achieve your goals and become your own therapist.

CBT-Cognitive Behavioural Therapy helps to identify and explore the link between your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. Often unhelpful ‘vicious’ cycles develop which serve to maintain your problem(s). CBT mainly focuses on the ‘here and now’; whilst past events and experiences will be considered during therapy, overcoming current difficulties are at the root of the sessions. This approach will also help you to develop practical self-help strategies to manage and reduce your current difficulties. I have additional training in CBT techniques for Children and Adolescents.

ACT-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy is a form of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy which utilises a number of different techniques to enhance psychological wellbeing. Key messages in ACT relate to accepting what cannot be changed and committing to action to make a life worth living. The objective of ACT is not to eliminate or change difficult feelings but instead encourages people to develop a more accepting and compassionate relationship with their experiences. Mindfulness techniques are an integral part of ACT and encourage being present with the moment and developing more awareness and control over negative thoughts and feelings. I have additional training in Enhancing outcomes for individuals on the Autism spectrum with ACT-Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.  ACT for Adolescents and ACT for grief and loss.

Trauma-Focused CBT (TF-CBT) for Children, Young People, and Adults. TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment model designed to assist adults, children, adolescents, and their families in overcoming the negative effects of a traumatic experience.
This evidence-based method has been proven effective for treatment after multiple traumas or a single traumatic event, and therapists trained in TF-CBT are frequently able to help people experiencing the emotional effects of trauma address and resolve these effects. I have additional training in TF-CBT for Children and Young People with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

MI-Motivational Interviewing

I am trained in Advanced Motivational Interviewing with Mentoring. Motivational Interviewing is a collaborative, goal-oriented method of communication with particular attention to the language of change. It is intended to strengthen personal motivation for and commitment to a change goal by eliciting and exploring an individual’s own arguments for change.

Training, qualifications & experience

Master of Science Degree (MSc) in Advanced Professional Practice (Using specialist Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) to treat Perinatal Anxiety and Depression)

Post Graduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (BABCP Accredited Course)

Bachelor of Science Honours Degree (BSc Hons) in Psychosocial Interventions for People with Severe Mental Illness

Level 7 Suicide Risk Assessment and Treatment

Diploma in Mental Health Nursing

Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate

Accredited Working with Parents Certificate

Web-centered Training in Enhanced CBT (CBT-E) For Eating Disorders. The Centre for Research on Eating Disorders at Oxford (CREDO)

Diploma in Counselling Children and Adolescents (endorsed under the Quality Licence Scheme)

Child and Adolescent Mental Health Diploma

Trauma-informed Practice Level 1 &2

National Diploma in Health and Social Care

Mental Health First Aid

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BABCP

British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

The BABCP is the lead organisation for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in the UK.

Membership is open to anyone with an interest in the practice, theory or development of CBT. BABCP also provides accreditation for CBT therapists.

BABCP accredited members adhere to the Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics in the Practice of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies, and are willing to be scrutinised in this adherence as required.

BACP

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

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.

National Counselling Society

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Perinatal anxiety and low mood

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Mindfulness

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Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • AXA PPP
  • HealthAssured
  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

First Session-£70 (60-70 minutes)

Sessions 2 onwards-£60 (50 minutes)

Sessions 6 onwards-£50 (50 minutes)

Block Booking of 6 sessions £300

Further information

You will be at the center of decisions about the support you receive, to ensure it’s right for you. The therapies I offer are evidence-based and recommended by National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). I have a broad range of specialist skills, allowing me to provide the best support for your needs. I understand it can be difficult to ask for help, but if you feel like you’re struggling, it’s important to get the right support before it gets worse. We can work together to help you understand your problems and work through difficult feelings by developing coping strategies to help you feel better.

Rosevale House
Unit 171 H
171 Moira Road
Lisburn
Antrim
BT28 1RW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Families
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Christine Crossey MSc, PG Dip CBT, BSc Hons. BABCP Accred MBACP Reg, NCS Accred.

Christine Crossey MSc, PG Dip CBT, BSc Hons. BABCP Accred MBACP Reg, NCS Accred.