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Online Counsellor MBACP, Couns.Dip

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. 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.


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

"I found Christine when I was suffering with severe anxiety and panic attacks. She helped me work through past traumas with a caring, empathetic approach while challenging me to be self aware and confront aspects of my past which I’d repressed for many years.  Over time I learnt how to manage my anxiety, understand myself better and grow in confidence. This lead to me making life changes that I would have never thought I was capable of doing before I met her.  Working with Christine this past year has really changed my life. I would highly recommend working with her!" H

"Christine has helped me in such a short space of time, in so many ways. I found myself in a really problematic situation where I was suffering from depression and anxiety, speaking to Christine helped me find myself and the answers I was looking for. I felt trapped and afraid of so much, but having Christine to speak to made everything much clearer and easy for me. I'm so very grateful to have found this support and I will recommend her to many others going through difficult times. Thank you so much for everything. " F

"Having never engaged in Counselling I didn't know what to expect and was a little nervous. I needn't have been concerned as Christine proved to be the perfect counsellor for me, she is warm, encouraging but still challenging and inviting me to dig deeper when needed. I end my counselling journey having a much better perspective on past events and better prepared for dealing with whatever comes my way in the future. I highly recommend Christine." B

"I saw Christine regularly for just under 2 years. I can't explain how much Christine has helped me work through historical things, current issues and just genuinely understanding myself. Christine is always very easy to talk to, helped me breakdown my walls and just going where the conversation was needed at the time. I feel like a different person and in a stronger place to face whatever is in my future. I can't recommend enough!" L 

"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, 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


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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From £60.00 to £70.00

Additional information

Individuals - £30  for the first session and then £60 - £70 for each session (50 minute sessions).

Couples - £40 for the first session and then £90 for each session (60 minute sessions).

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

When I work

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

Types of client

Older adults

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