Christine Shields Dip.Couns. MBACP
Now that you are considering counselling you have made the first step towards making the life changes you desire. By working together with me, exploring your thoughts and feelings in a trusting and empathic relationship, you can learn about yourself and bring about those life changes.
I offer counselling in a private and confidential setting where you will not be judged. Sessions take place at my home in a dedicated room providing privacy and a comfortable environment.
I am trained as a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor which means I can call on a range of disciplines and techniques designed to suit you as an individual. Once we have built a trusting relationship using dialogue we may move on to utilising more creative methods such as sand tray, artwork, timeline and guided visualisation.
Please phone me for an informal chat. We can then make an appointment at a mutually convenient time for a free thirty minute session to see if counselling will be helpful to you and that we can work together.
As well as my private practice I have worked as a bereavement counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care for many years.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and adhere to their Code of Ethics and Practice (please see my listing in the BACP 'Seeking a Therapist' site) I am covered by Professional Indemnity insurance.
I attend regular supervision and undertake ongoing training and professional development.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have trained to Diploma level in Humanistic Integrative Counselling and hold an ODL Diploma in Bereavement Counselling (Distinction). I am also trained as a counsellor for Cruse Bereavement Care.
Additional certificated training:-
Transactional Analysis, Understanding Suicide, Emotional Freedom Technique, Binge Eating and Obesity, Working with Shame, Working with Anger, Drug and Alcohol Misuse, Alcohol and Older People, Loss of a Child.
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
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also offer Pet Bereavement Counselling.
When you lose a beloved pet other people often do not seem to understand the pain and grief you can experience. You can explore your thoughts and feelings with me without being judged.
Sessions last for one hour and are charged at £30 per session.
We will begin with an initial 30 minute session free of charge , to see whether counselling may be helpful and that we can work together.