Relate CC, BACP Accred., PGDip Syst Prac
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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.
Why I became a counsellor
As my own family was growing up I got to know 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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Westminster Pastoral Foundation 2-year Certificate Course 1993.
- Relate Couple Counselling Certificate 1996 (Relate, Rugby)
- Post-Grad. Diploma in Systemic Practice with Couples and Families, 2006 (London University)
- Accredited Member British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy 2006, (Rugby).
- 15 years working in private practice
- 11 years Counsellor with Relate
- 30 hours C.P.D undertaken annually
- 4 hours per month clinical supervision
- Fully insured
- Former member of Relate National Media Team - appeared on national and regional TV and Radio, wrote regularly for magazines and was widely quoted in the press. This experience gave me an opportunity to pass on my professional knowledge to a wide audience.
How it works
The first session you will attend is the assessment appointment, that gives people an opportunity to tell me how they see their problems. It is an essentially important part of successful counselling. 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.
For further details please see my website: www.christinenorthamcounselling.co.uk
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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
From £60.00 to £70.00
Individual 60-minute therapy session - £60
Couple 60-minute therapy session - £70
Family therapy - price on application
When I work
I see people on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with daytime and evening appointments available.
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.