Christine Szpytma - Online Anxiety Counsellor MBACP, Couns.Dip.
Who am I and how could 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.
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, ranging from early twenties to late seventies, from a variety of different backgrounds, ethnicity, culture and sexuality. 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.
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'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.
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.
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.
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
I charge £60 for individuals and £75 for couples, per 50 minute session.
The first session is reduced (£30 individuals and £37.50 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.
I also offer online and telephone counselling.