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About me

Who I See.

Individuals, couples and families dealing with issues such as: depression, anxiety, stress, anger, bereavement, mental health, addiction, abuse, re-formed families, affairs, pre and post divorce/separation, step children, communication difficulties, children and families with relationship issues, and general relationship problems are all areas of experience.

I am a Relate-trained experienced counsellor having worked with individuals, couples and families for thousands of hours over the past 20 years.

Why I became a counsellor

As my own family was growing up I observed other couples and their children and became curious as to why some people seem so much happier than others. This led me to investigate how people get together and what it is they need in order to lead happy, fulfilled lives and raise well-adjusted children. It followed that if I understood the way people think and behave, I could then maybe help others to achieve their potential.

My training and experience

Firstly, I completed a two year academic course which included group and individual therapy. I then joined Relate where I worked with couples and individuals for 11 years. The therapy was underpinned by excellent supervision and training alongside a wide experience of the world of human problems.

After leaving Relate as a counsellor, I started my private practice and then continued to expand my theoretical knowledge by embarking on a 2 year post-graduate diploma course at the Institute of Family Therapy. At the same time, I achieved accreditation status with The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, a leading professional body with a strict Code of Conduct. On-going professional development, a requirement of membership, constantly introduces fresh approaches such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. These new ideas create opportunities for clients to make positive changes.

As a member of the Relate National Media Team I have made appearances on national and regional TV and Radio, written regularly for magazines and been widely quoted in the national press. This experience has given me the opportunity to pass on my professional knowledge to a wide audience.

How it works

The first session you will attend is the assessment appointment, This lasts for one hour and gives people an opportunity to tell me how they see their problems. It is an essentially important part of successful counselling and therefore takes a full counselling hour. During that session we review what's been said, I give you feedback and talk about how counselling might help. We fix an agenda for the work and set up some appointments. Regular reviews of the process ensure that we stay on track.

Sometimes only a few sessions are needed, but in other cases longer-term counselling is required. Exercises to be completed outside the counselling hour are suggested as well as relevant reading, films or even TV shows.

Where I work

I have a comfortable room in my privately positioned house in Dummer, a village 6 miles west of Basingstoke. There is ample parking outside the house.

For further details please see my website: www.christinenorthamcounselling.co.uk

Training, qualifications & experience

BACP (Accredited)., Post Graduate Diploma in Systemic Practice with Couples and Families, Institute of Family Therapy, Relate Certified. Certificate Cllg. WPF.

Relate counsellor 11 years, private practice 11 years. I take GP and solicitors' referrals.

Being a member of the Relate National Media Team has given me wide experience of responding to press, radio and TV. I have been widely quoted in all the national press, appeared on TV and spoken on national and local radio.

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


From £60.00 to £70.00

Additional information

Individual 60-minute therapy session - £60

Couple 60-minute therapy session - £70

Family therapy - price on application


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I see people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daytime and evening appointments available. 

Further information

I work with people who are short or long-term users of medication to help with mental health problems such as depression or anxiety. Reducing or stopping the use of anti-depressants can difficult for some people.  With specific counselling, fears can be understood and support given to gradually come off medication.

Box House
Up Street
RG25 2AJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

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.

Christine Northam

Christine Northam