Christine McLaren

Christine McLaren

84 Dyer Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2PF

32 Cambray Street
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1JP

07936 447244

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84 Dyer Street
Cirencester
Gloucestershire
GL7 2PF

32 Cambray Street
Cheltenham
Gloucestershire
GL50 1JP

07936 447244

About me

When you are feeling depressed, anxious and vulnerable, the path to therapy can itself feel fraught and bewildering – and may come after a long period trying to access help.

I am a psychodynamic counsellor. I offer a safe and reliable space in which you are invited to explore difficult and often frightening experiences and feelings. Psychodynamic therapy is rooted in modern psychoanalytic and attachment theories. Being able to talk and find the right words can be very challenging and painful but in this environment it can also bring great relief and allow the way for new perspectives on the past and present, a richer sense of self and autonomy, and a greater capacity for relationships.

I work in consulting rooms in Cheltenham and Cirencester in Gloucestershire and see clients face-to-face once a week. This can be long-term or a shorter, fixed-term. In our first two sessions we would explore what feels right for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My first degree was in English Literature from Cambridge University. I later trained with Wessex Counselling and Psychotherapy, gaining a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling, which is accredited by the BACP (British Association for Counsellors and Psychotherapists), of which I am a member, and the BPC (the British Psychoanalytic Council).

There is no state-regulated body for counselling and psychotherapy, but these are two of a handful of organizations recognized by doctors and health workers in the NHS. Because the nature of our work is longer-term (even the short-term model), it is generally unaffordable under the NHS, even though there is now evidence-based research to show this is effective for long-term recovery.

It is easy to feel alone as mental health services can be fractured and hard to understand, let alone access. If you contact me but feel, after our initial consultations, that for whatever reason, you would like to work with someone else, or we cannot find a mutually convenient time, I will endeavour to put you in touch with other experienced and well-qualified counsellors or psychotherapists (if that is what you want) so you are not left back at square one.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BACP
BPC

Accredited register membership

Fees

My fee is £44 an hour.

Further information

I currently volunteer as a counsellor in a secondary school in Oxfordshire as I undertake a post-graduate training in psychodynamic counselling with children and young people.

Maps & Directions

Cirencester, GL7 2PF
Cheltenham, GL50 1JP

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified