Christine Szpytma MBACP, Couns.Dip.
Hello, I'm Christine, a qualified and experienced counsellor. You may be feeling low, anxious, overwhelmed, lost or stuck? If so I can help you manage distressing emotions and negative thoughts. Sometimes these feelings can feel too much to cope with on your own.
Triggers can be:
- Relationship diffficulties
- Family issues
- Work problems
- Health worries
- Lack of self esteem and confidence
- Traumatic life events
You might feel anxiety, depression, panic, lethargy or stress. Very often this can feel overwhelming and you can easily get stuck, not knowing how to make things better for yourself.
I can help you discover what is going on and how to improve things. I am an empathetic, professional and effective counsellor. I can assist you to understand the source of your distress and together we can identify strategies to improve your well-being.
Who I Work With
I work with a very diverse range of people, ranging from early twenties to late seventies, from a variety of different backgrounds, ethnicity, culture and sexuality. I respect a person's individuality and uniqueness.
Whilst I work with clients on a very wide range of issues, I do particularly specialise in working with clients facing anxiety. Some of my clients suffer anxiety about particular issues or triggers, and many are living with a more chronic generalised anxiety disorder, when they come to see me. I help them with immediate strategies on how to manage the anxiety and then work with them to relieve the deeper issues causing their anxiety. My clients start to manage their unpleasant anxiety symptoms in the short term, whilst we work to reduce their level of anxiety longer term.
As couple you may be facing lots of conflict between you or you may feel very distant and that you are growing apart. Issues might be infidelity, lack of trust, poor communication, different goals and values, lack of intimacy or family and parenting issues. Without any blame, I can support both of you to understand your relationship and then work together with you, towards your goals.
How Counselling Works
I offer a warm, compassionate, insightful and non judgemental service where you will have the space and time that you need for yourself/yourselves. I'll work with you to build up trust and rapport between us, so that you can feel comfortable in exploring what is painful for you. I'll then be able to tailor my counselling approach to your needs, whether that is using techniques to counter negative thoughts or patterns of behaviour (such as CBT), or a deeper psycho-dynamic exploration of the difficulties you are facing. We work at your pace, and I'll be able to offer a facilitating perspective, that will help you grow and change.
I know that finding a counsellor can be daunting. I want to reassure you that I appreciate this and I will do all I can, to make it feel less so. Please do contact me to find out more and book a first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
I use an integrative approach, which means that I draw from a number of counselling models, including psychodynamic, attachment based, humanistic and cognitive behavioural therapy. I tailor my approach to your needs and I offer both short and longer term work.
I have undertaken comprehensive training and gained my Counselling Diploma from the respected Minster Centre in London. I have also undertaken training at Tavistock Relationships, a renowned centre which specialises in couple counselling. As an experienced counsellor I have successfully worked with clients on issues of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship difficulties, trauma, addiction, work problems, sexuality and identity, culture, and discrimination. With couples I have worked with issues such as infidelity, lack of communication, conflict, and family matters.
I have previously worked as a senior manager in large organisations, and have a good understanding of workplace issues that can have a negative effect, such as work/life balance, stress, bullying, restructures and redundancies.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug addiction
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
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I charge £55 for individuals and £75 for couples, per 50 minute session.
The first session is reduced (£25 individuals and £35 couples)
I have a certain number of concessionary appointments available for those on low income, (daytimes only) at £30.
I am a member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework. I work from a bright and comfortable counselling room in Leytonstone E11, with easy access to the tube, buses, and on street parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Monday to Friday - (daytime and evening) plus Sunday evening
Types of client