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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.

My consulting room is in Cheltenham and I usually 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.

I work with adults and young people.

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

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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.


British Psychoanalytic Council

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.

BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Psychoanalytic Council

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.


Additional information

My fee is £50 an hour.


Type of session

In person
Christine McLaren

Christine McLaren