Christine Northam, Relate CC, BACP Accred., PGDip Syst Prac.,
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.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£60 individuals, £70 couples, £80 families. Payment the day before the booked counselling session should be made by BACS.
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.