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About me

Who am I and how can we work together?

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 anxiety, distressing emotions and negative thoughts. At the moment you may also be anxious about Coronavirus and the implications of social distancing. I can offer you telephone and online video counselling, providing you with support, without the need for face to face meetings.

I offer a warm, non judgemental approach, balanced with a high level of insight, and the ability to help you improve your well being. Clients often tell me how much I have helped them and what a good experience it has been (see their reviews below).

Issues I can help you with.

I effectively help clients with anxiety, depression,  bereavement, relationship difficulties, work problems, health anxiety, infertility, low self esteem and social anxiety, sexuality worries,  and alcohol and drug addiction. If you want help with anything that I've not mentioned, please contact me, as I have lots of other experience.

I can help you discover what is going on and how to improve things.

How can you get in touch with me?

Please leave me a message by email, phone or text. I'll then get back in touch to arrange a short (free) phone to call so we can get to know each other a little. If you're happy to proceed we can then have our no obligation first session (50% discount).

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 contact me to find out more and book a first session.

Who I Work With

I work with a very diverse range of people (from a variety of different backgrounds, ethnicity, culture and sexuality).  A substantial number of my clients are in their twenties or thirties, seeking help with how to navigate their life choices. I can assure you that I will respect your individuality and uniqueness.

Anxiety

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.

Couples Counselling

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 compassionate and non judgemental service where you will have the space and time that you need for yourself. 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. We will go at your pace, but I'll also gently challenge you to help you learn more about yourself. I’ll 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. Our focus will be to improve your quality of life, in the areas that you bring to counselling.

Prior to qualifying and working as a counsellor, I worked as a manager in large organisations, I gained a good understanding of workplace issues that can have a negative effect, such as work/life balance, stress, bullying, restructures and redundancies.

Client Reviews

"The progress I have made with Christine's support has been phenomenal. I turned to Christine when I was in an incredibly dark place, suffering from really high anxiety and feeling crippled by depression, which was taking a huge toll on me personally and professionally. Christine's approach is truly wonderful - she used just the right blend of empathy, compassion, encouragement and 'tough love' (aka challenge!). I would encourage anyone who is seeking counselling to work through the issues they are facing to do so with Christine. I wouldn't be the person I am today (confident, calm, happy and optimistic) without her patient and attentive support. She is simply brilliant and inspiring." J

"Christine took our situation seriously and with the right combination of compassion and distance. I was always grateful for her clear and sharp observations. I would recommend her unreservedly to any couple needing someone fair, caring, and plain-speaking to help them navigate their relationship." C

"My sessions with Christine have been life changing.........and now after 6 months and what's been one of the most challenging times of my life, I am ending the year with a new found confidence and pathway to a much brighter and grounding future."  E

"My partner and I got a lot out of working with Christine, during a very difficult time.  She was compassionate but challenging when she needed to be, and made us look more closely at ourselves and our relationship. I wold recommend her services." G

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.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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Fees

Additional information

Individuals - £30  for the first session and then £60 for each session (50 minute sessions).

Couples - £40 for the first session and then £80 for each session (60 minute sessions).

I have a certain number of concessionary appointments available for those on low income, (daytimes only) at £30.

Availability

Monday to Friday - (daytime and evening) plus Sunday evening

Further information

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.

I also offer online and telephone counselling.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Christine Szpytma - Online Counsellor MBACP, Couns.Dip.

Christine Szpytma - Online Counsellor MBACP, Couns.Dip.