Christine Kennett, UKCP Reg. Psychotherapist, Snr Counsellor, Couples Therapist
I am a Senior Counsellor, Psychotherapist, Supervisor and Psychotherapy Trainer with over 25 years experience in helping people come through difficulties and crises and create better, more meaningful lives. I have a deep commitment to the work I do and the difference it makes in the lives of those who come wanting help. I work with individuals, couples and groups within both long and short terms contracts and have experience in a broad range of areas including Trauma/PTSD and Personality Disorders.
Some of the difficulties we all face occur at different stages throughout the lifespan and are a normal part of life, for example serious illness, relationship breakdown and bereavement. Others are more deep-rooted in the personality and are often trauma-based, beginning in early life and continuing into adulthood. I am experienced in working with both types of difficulties and draw on therapeutic strategies that best suit the individual and the kind of difficulty they are facing. Some of the difficulties I work with include: Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Loss and Bereavement, Mental Health Issues, Serious Illness, Abuse, Self-Harm, Isolation, Self Confidence and Self-Esteem. (See also below.)
Whilst my main approach is Gestalt/Existential, I integrate other theories and models as required. Fundamentally, I believe it is the unique relationship that is forged between client and therapist that is the force for healing and growth. I am experienced in working at depth with inner disturbance and distress, creating a contained space within which complex feelings and strong emotion can safely emerge, be given meaning and find eventual integration within the re-organised self-structure.
Gestalt is concerned with the whole person and focuses not simply on how a person talks about their problem but how it is lived and embodied in the present moment. It focuses on what supports and what restricts a person's choices, actions and expressions and generates support for practising new, more adaptive ways of being and responding both in the therapeutic situation and in the person's life outside.
I am happy to answer any questions you might have about me and my way of working to help you decide if I'm the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Posgraduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy (GPTI) - 1995
Accredited Member Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute (GPTI) - 1995
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist - 1995
Postgraduate Diploma in Clinical Supervision (SPTI) - 1996
Teaching & Supervising Member Gestalt Psychotherapy Training Institute - 1997
EMDR Training Level 1 - 2011
Masters Degree in Counselling and Human Relations - 1989
RELATE training - 1988-1990
Samaritans - 1987-1990
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am an experienced Couples / Relationship therapist.
My hourly fee is £45 per hour (60 minutes).
I have a few reduced fee places available for people on low incomes.
My practice is situated approximately one mile from the railway station/city centre. There is unlimited on street parking and the bus stops at the end of the road.
I offer clinical supervision for practising counsellors and therapists.
I offer telephone and online therapy and supervision within certain contracts
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Some French and Spanish|
My premises allow access for a wheelchair or mobility scooter up to 2 feet maximum in width.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I am an experienced qualified supervisor working with both established counsellors and therapists as well as trainees.