Christine Manning

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MBACP (Accred).
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Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5
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About me

How can I help?

I have worked with people who are feeling

  •  anxious
  •  depressed
  •  lonely
  •  not good enough
  •  unhappy with their coping mechanisms
  • unable to control their emotions
  •  unhappy with their relationships
  •  ashamed of their past
  •  hurt by their childhood

and who have many other reasons for unhappiness.

How I work

I offer regular weekly sessions where we will talk about what life is like for you, what might have led to these difficulties, what aspects of it you would like to change, and how you can make that change.

I usually invite you to start every session with a balancing and grounding exercise intended to calm and balance our minds and bodies (I do this too).  Our early sessions will be mainly talking based, so that we can explore how you experience living your life.  I may ask for more information so that I can understand your experience, or I may offer my reflections.  I have a wide theoretical base, but broadly speaking, I believe that our childhood shapes how we feel and behave in adult life, and that by understanding our past, we can live more fully and joyfully in the present.  

As time goes on, we will not necessarily limit ourselves to talking, as that would be to miss out on the information our bodies can give us. Our bodies are affected by our emotions – think of the cascade of fight or flight hormones that is triggered when we are afraid, readying us to act quickly on our instincts.  Our body may hold a memory of past experiences which have made us feel that we are in danger.
It is through our bodies that we gather information about the physical world, and our bodies also give us information about whether an experience is good or bad for us – think of our gut feelings about a situation or a person. 

And so, to make use of this information, I may invite you to tune in to your bodily reactions – do your hands want to make fists?  What is your gut telling you? – so that we can use that information.  I may also invite you to try simple body-based exercises which can move us through our emotions, rather than getting stuck in them, and release traces of old hurts held in the body. This is known as Energy Psychotherapy.  These exercises can form part of your self care between our sessions, allowing you to release tension and anxiety.

How to get started

If you would like to know more, message me so that we can arrange an informal chat about working together.

After that, if we decide to go ahead, we will set up a trial session.

If we both agree, we can continue to meet, usually at the same time each week, for as long as we both feel is useful.

Training, qualifications & experience

I came to counselling after having worked as a linguist, then as a family solicitor. I have also raised a family. I love the opportunity to connect with other people, and it is a privilege to support my clients as they work their way through their difficulties.

I have a diploma in integrative counselling. I offer talking therapy, but have an interest in tuning in to what our body can tell us. Because my training is integrative, I am familiar with a range of psychotherapeutic theory and can apply it as appropriate.

I work with energy in psychotherapy, and can offer a body based approach which can help to release traumas, big and small.

I have a BACP recognised qualification to work by webcam and by phone (OCST4) and am a member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.

I have a diploma in working with energy psychotherapy, a gentle mind/body approach which can be effective in releasing the effects of trauma.

I have offered counselling to adults of all ages and a variety of nationalities, sexual orientations and backgrounds, who faced a wide range of difficulties. I have seen my clients make fundamental changes to the way they feel about themselves, and how they approach life. I would like to offer you the possibility of doing the same.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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).

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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.

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online (ACTO)

The Association for Counselling and Therapy Online

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Therapies offered

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£65.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

£65 per session (50 minutes)

I offer a trial session for £40. This is an opportunity to see if we can work well together, and there is no commitment to any further sessions.

I will consider flexibility on fees on a case by case basis.

When I work

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Further information

I work by webcam, phone and face to face in the consulting room in my home.

I offer walk and talk therapy in the Harpenden area.

I offer talking therapy, based on a range of psychotherapeutic approaches and, if you wish, Energy Psychotherapy methods, a mind/body approach which can release anxiety the effects of trauma. 

Harpenden, Hertfordshire, AL5

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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You can contact the Counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I can make arrangements to see clients in a wheelchair accessible room.

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Christine Manning
Christine Manning