You may be reading this right now for a whole variety of reasons, but mainly because you are not enjoying life the way you did, but talking to friends and/or family can feel awkward or difficult. This is where I can help you.
During this very difficult time when many are seeking emotional support I am continuing to work with new and existing clients. BACP have now given us authority to return to face to face counselling sessions - requesting clients to sanitise hands on arrival and keeping social distance: my counselling room easily meets this criteria. However, using FaceTime/telephone/Skype are also options - I have a wealth of experience working in this way.
I am a highly experienced counsellor, or talking therapist, with 20 years experience working with individuals and couples from all walks of life and ages ranging from 14 - 83. I am passionate about my work and offer a caring, empathic environment where whatever you say is treated with confidence and respect: my aim is to help you find a positive outcome what ever issues you bring.
Trying to find a therapist who can offer support, understanding and a quality of care can be a difficult task, especially as it is often needed at a time when we are at our most vulnerable. I work from home where I have a specially designated consulting room for my clients in a calm, professional, secure and confidential setting: this also gives me great flexibility over the hours I work and able to offer urgent appointments within a short time frame.
People come to counselling for a whole variety of reasons: sometimes we are able to clearly identify why we feel low, anxious, depressed: there may be issues within a relationship, or about the end of a marriage or other important relationship; you may have suffered a bereavement; or have issues relating to work - redundancy, or retirement for example. But there are occasions when we cannot understand why we feel we have 'lost our way' in life and cannot find a way forward; and at such times, memories and painful events in the past prevent us from enjoying life and achieving our aims.
Counselling provides a safe place in which to talk with someone who can offer an alternate perspective, and yet be able to share and reflect on what is being said. The therapeutic relationship is different from a social relationship in that it remains contained within the consulting room.
How I Work
I use an integrative approach where I draw on and blend specific therapies. The approach is not linked to one particular therapy as I do not believe that only one approach works for each client in all situations - because we are all different, after all!!
In our first session you will be able to tell me your difficulties and what has brought you to seek help. I work proactively with my clients, asking questions, listening to the answers, and encouraging re-evaluation of your situation in a non-judgemental way with no expectation.
After this you are then able to decide if you would feel comfortable with me as your counsellor and if we would be able to build a therapeutic relationship.
It is a recognised fact that the success of any counselling experience depends greatly on the relationship between counsellor and client.
It takes a great deal of courage to embark on a counselling journey: feelings of anxiety and apprehension are very natural at this time, but this can be a journey which has the ability to improve the quality of the rest of your life and be an investment in yourself.
I trained with Gloucestershire Counselling Service and have worked in a voluntary capacity for Share Adolescent Counselling Service and GDAS. In addition to working for the Mental Health Division of General Health Care I have been working in private practice since 1999, working with individuals and couples.
In addition to self-referrals, I also accept referrals from GPs and, where appropriate, psychiatrists: together with this I provide a counselling service to employee assisted programmes and organisations dealing with mental health and issues occurring in the work
Client Reflections on their Counselling Experience
Mrs. E. G., Cheltenham
'Counselling helped me cope through a very difficult period of my life. It encouraged me to learn more about myself and develop coping skills to progress and feel happy, content and positive with my life. I felt very comfortable and safe from the first session, and therefore able to talk about difficult and personal issues more easily and in depth. I appreciated Christine's sensitivity as a professional and her non-judgemental persona. I would recommend the process to anyone who wants to improve their lives.'
Mr. S. L., Cheltenham
'I have written a couple of lines for you.........I could write pages.................I am now 44 and since my teens I have suffered periodic depression and attacks of anxiety. I had tried various counselling and counsellors but it was not until I met Christine that I started to make progress. During our work together I gained strength and self-knowledge to the extent that I am feeling far more confident of being able to cope with various life issues and understand more and more how I tick. Christine is a very special and valuable counsellor.'
Mrs. J. P., Gloucestershire
I have given this a lot of thought and I speak from my heart...............I decided to seek counselling when I was at a very low place in my life. I didn't know what to expect or what it entailed. My first appointment with Christine was the beginning of a meeting with someone who could help and guide me through the challenges which lay ahead, including the loss of my husband.
Christine is a caring, compassionate person who is non-judgemental and provides a safe environment to talk and discuss the issues that concern me. She has simply been my rock and comfort through life changing events. She is always available either to see me at a face to face meeting or on the phone, the latter being so helpful when I was living overseas for a while: she is always consistent and goes the extra mile to help. Through her I have gained an insight into myself and have grown in confidence. I now have skills to help me develop a deeper understanding of myself and of others around me. I never thought I could be the person I have become: thanks to counselling I have achieved this.'
Mr. & Mrs. K. Worcestershire
Picking up the phone to make that first appointment was one of the hardest things we have had to do. It was clear that we needed help to re-evaluate our relationship but actually talking to a third party was a big step for both of us.
We needn't have worried. From the first time we met Christine, we felt confident that she was there for each of us and both of us. Her manner was sincere and calm and she always made us feel valued and of worth.
Bit by bit she encouraged us to share our concerns. She gave each of us space to speak. She gradually built up our trust in her and we began to open up as the weeks went on.
We are now at the stage where we feel far more confident to talk about issues between us rather than bottle them up. Christine has helped enormously with this.
We would unreservedly recommend her skills to couples.
If you have any questions or would like to arrange an initial consultation please either email or telephone me on my mobile or my practice landline. If you are unable to reach me please leave a message and I will return your call as soon as I can.
I am based in Charlton Kings, Cheltenham, which is within easy reach of Cheltenham town centre, Gloucester, Cirencester and Tewkesbury.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma and Postgraduate Counselling Diploma
VACTS Accredited Counsellor
OXEM Divorced and Separated Recovery Programme
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder & Critical Incident Debriefing
Solution Focused therapy
Member of Guild of Pastoral Psychologists
Registered Member of British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and as such am governed by their strict Ethical Framework for Good Practice
BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency - The Register is accredited by the Professional Standards for Health and Social Care, and accepted the offer of being part of the pilot scheme which this was being set up in 2012.
Fully insured by Towergate Insurance
Ongoing training as part of CPD
I trained for five years with Gloucestershire Counselling Service where our own personal therapy - minimum of 2 years - was a mandatory part of our training.
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
Recovery from long term illness
Pre-abortion independent counselling (appointment offered within 48 hrs.)
Fees - Individual £45 (50 mins) - Couple £60 (60 mins)
(Some concessions when slots available)
Cancellation fee of £20 may be made if less than 24 hours notice
Monday - Friday 12.00 pm - 7.00 pm