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 Behavioral 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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£60 individuals, £70 couples, £80 families. Payment by cash or cheque at end of session or advance payment by BACS.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client