Christine King PGDip, MBACP NHS Trained Counsellor/ Psychotherapist
I feel I have one of the best jobs in the world, my job is so rewarding, once my clients find they are at a place which is right for them, it's like letting a butterfly free into the big blue sky.
I am a fully qualified integrative Counsellor/psychotherapist and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I offer individual counselling, I have worked with a diverse range of clients from a variety of demographic and cultural backgrounds. I have experience working on a broad range of cases. In addition to my private practice I also have worked several years as a voluntary counsellor for a charity, also many years as a trained Cruse bereavement counsellor.
Sometimes we can find ourselves struggling with personal difficulties and anxieties this can be isolating, maybe you are feeling like you cannot share your feelings with family or friends. I work with clients in a warm, non judgemental and supportive way so that I can help you to help yourself, exploring problems in a safe, confidential environment, providing support so that you can make positive changes. I provide a therapeutic relationship which i feel is unique and essential to facilitate change, which can help with your own personal growth.
When you are coming to therapy for the first time, you may be nervous, skeptical, or frightened about starting. Most people have a natural fear of the unknown, which may be contributing to your feelings. These feelings are normal.
Addressing your concerns with your therapist is a great way to start your first session.
People who become therapists have the ability to connect emotionally with others, to develop empathic bonds with them, and to hear about pain endlessly.
Therapists work with nervous and anxious people a lot of the time.
“The most basic of all human needs is the need to be understood and heard.”
I regularly attend further training and supervision.
I work with individuals over 16 years of age.
I work short term and long term.
Integrative counselling is a combined approach to psychotherapy that brings together different elements of specific therapies, my view is there is not a single approach that will work for everybody.
I work with a Person-centred focus, Psychodynamic, Solution-focused, Visualisation and Mindfulness.
Deciding on a regular day and time each week helps the counselling process.
please contact me if you need an urgent appointment, I will do my upmost to see you.
I can help you with those everyday problems and feelings of ...
Coming to terms with change
Stages in life, Mid life Crisis and Aging
Low self-esteem and self-confidence
Autism and learning difficulties
Pregnancy and birth worries
Separation and divorce
Dreams and the unconscious self
Training, qualifications & experience
2005 – 2009 • Certificate of Higher Education in Applied Psychology. (Counselling, loss & Trauma, lifespan, health, Abnormal, research methods, and problem solving and decision-making.)
NCFE Counselling Level 1, 2 & 3
2015 • Diploma in Integrative Counselling, at Post Graduate level. (NHS Trained) Accredited by the BACP. 582 hours counselling theory and reflective practice. 100 hours supervised practice in a primary care setting.
• Trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy).
• Practitioner Skills For The Management of Obesity (Psychological interventions, at the National Centre for Eating Disorders).
• Eating disorders.
• Suicide Awareness & Managing a Disclosure.
• Attachment Theory from the inside (Sir Richard Bowlby)
• Working at Relational Depth (Professor Mick Cooper).
• The Spectrum of Narcissism.
• Money Matters.
• Family Dynamics and Traumatic Bonding.
• Working with childhood abuse & trauma.
• Trained in EFT (Emotional Freedom Therapy).
• The role of the father.
• Diploma in Hypnosis.
• I am also a member of The National Autistic Society.
• Currently Working on Safeguarding Children and Adults.
Interests, I also work with Crystals/Stones, Sandtray Therapy, Art/Drawing and stories. I find this helps people that find it hard to find words to express themselves.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Carer support
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
If you have a disability and cannot leave your home, please contact me for more information.
Orpington station is 10/15 minute walk and there is a bus stop a just a few minutes walk, i am also a short drive from junction 4 of the M25
My fees are £35 - £45 per 50 minutes session.
I am available Monday - Friday and also Saturday morning
Why choose private therapist rather than the NHS?
I hear people saying they are on waiting lists, which are far too long.
If you attend your GP for counselling it will be noted on your medical records, some people do not want this, your information is confidential, this would only be shared with relevant a third party in a very high risk situation.
* Depression and anxiety are more widely recognised in to days climate, people are seeking help to deal with their symptoms rather than reaching out for a pharmaceutical option. There are a multitude of factors that contribute towards anxiety and depression.
* Anxiety is an emotion, which can feel very unpleasant causing inner turmoil, often accompanied by nervous behaviour. People often ruminate and experience unpleasant feelings of dread. Sometimes people think a lot about dying. Anxiety is a feeling of uneasiness and worry, which is often accompanied by muscular tension ( which not everyone is aware of) restlessness, difficulty in concentration and fatigue. Anxiety can be appropriate reaction to some things although when experienced regularly there can be a lot more going on. A big part of the battle against anxiety involves learning to stay in the moment, and not worrying too much about what comes next. Don’t struggle on your own, talk to somebody you trust.
* The client is ultimately the 'expert' on themselves. As a practitioner it is my job to help people discover and identify their inner resources and develop ideas so that they start moving forward towards a positive psychological realm.
* We often learn that some feelings are unacceptable and unbearable, as a result we ignore them, find defences, this may work for a while, but this takes a lot of energy, this leads to self-destructive behaviours (Alcohol, gambling) and tension ( which is held in our body) over time we may feel stuck, agitated chaotic and lonely.
We grieve after any sort of loss, but most powerfully after the death of someone we love. There are such a mixture of feelings, which take a while to get through and which cannot be hurried, many people ask "How long will I feel like this?"
We most often grieve for someone that we have known for some time. However, it is clear that people who have had stillbirths or miscarriages, or who have lost very young babies, grieve in the same way and need the same sort of care and consideration.
* Spirituality is not about relating to any kind of belief for some, its about your life, your view on the world how you see it. Spirituality can help you to feel more connected to your higher self. It can bring lots of questions around purpose and meaning. A sense of connection and belonging with the universe.
* Sometimes Autism can bring many difficulties with social interaction, communication, restricted interests and many more difficulties, resulting in problems and challenges, this can result in feeling very isolated.
* When all we can think about is difficulties and problems this can leave us feeling very defeated and overwhelmed, this is why we can end up doing nothing. Your therapist will help you break out of problem-cycles and help you to develop action plans.
* Never underestimate the power of the brain.
"Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength." -Freud
Maps & Directions
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