Christine Isabell Gerstenberger

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Galashiels, Selkirkshire, TD1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

How Psychotherapy and Counselling can help?

Psychotherapy and counselling can help you to manage many of life’s challenges, from traumatic experiences and events to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, managing uncomfortable emotions, thoughts, memories and behaviours. Counselling can also help you to cope with grief/loss. It can provide general support when life becomes too much.  A supportive, non-judgemental warm helpful hand is there to help you through whatever is going on in your life at the moment.  It is a place without judgment but acceptance.  We all need a helping hand at times, especially during the recent stressful and unpredictable times.

During the initial session

I offer the initial session free of charge to allow us both the opportunity to ensure that we can develop a supportive relationship which aligns with your needs and expectations.

During the initial session, I will ensure a comprehensive assessment of your current well-being is taken along with a discussion of what your expectations of therapy are, the boundaries involved, what goals you wish to achieve through therapy and what I can offer you.

I offer 1:1 hourly sessions by phone or video conference on Monday to Friday 1pm - 8pm or by request at the weekend.

These sessions are offered to adults 18 plus years of age through an online platform or over the phone.  Whatever platform you feel most comfortable with.  I am unable to offer in-person sessions at this time.

I have 1:1 client experience in relation to the treatment of Anxiety, Depression, self-esteem issues, Panic, Social Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Grief, Perfectionism, Procrastination, phobias and beyond.

Since I am an integrative practitioner, this allows me to use techniques from various counselling modalities.

I will tailor treatment to you the individual whether you are looking for a formal structure or an understanding ear (perhaps both).  People are unique and so the treatment plan should be as well.

As mentioned above I will work with you to ensure you receive a tailored and unique treatment plan which aligns with your values and goals.

Mental health has always been at the forefront of my interests and good mental health has always been but even more so over the last few years of utmost importance.  When we have good mental health life is easier to bear.  I am here to offer you a supportive hand and ear to help you deal with whatever life is throwing at you at the moment and to help you thrive in the future.

As mentioned above I am happy to provide a 60-minute free session initially to ensure we are a good fit.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for a friendly chat with no obligation.

Many thanks and warm regards


Training, qualifications & experience

As advised above I am a fully qualified CBT Therapist who offers an integrative individual approach to whatever your therapy needs may be.  I am a registered member of the BACP and carry the title of MBACP.  

I am happy to offer you the first session for free to ensure you are happy with the type of therapy I offer and are comfortable working together.

Member organisations

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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also offer Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) which aims to help promote mental and emotional healing by encouraging people in treatment to be compassionate toward themselves and other people. Compassion, both toward the self and toward others, is an emotional response believed by many to be an essential aspect of well-being.  When we are self-critical and not self-compassionate is it very difficult to be kind to ourselves with life throws us a curve ball which we all need to cope with life's adversities to grow and flourish to the wonderful people who all are.  CFT can help with Anxiety, Depression, Self-Criticism, Anger and Shame to name a few.  


£40.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Please do not hesitate to get in touch for an informal chat.  I am course happy to offer concessionary fees if required.

When I work

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I offer sessions between 1pm - 8pm Monday to Friday and on request at the weekend.  I am happy to be as flexible as possible.

Galashiels, Selkirkshire, TD1

Type of session


Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Christine Isabell Gerstenberger
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