Christine Vinnicombe Dip. Counselling, Registered Member BACP
Welcome to my profile.
As an experienced counsellor, I am aware that for many people the idea of counselling can be intimidating. As are many things that are unfamiliar to us. However, if you are reading this you have already taken the first step towards addressing your problems. My aim is to make this experience as comfortable and supportive as possible for you, should you choose to take the next step with me.
Although we all experience difficult times in our lives, sometimes problems can mount up to a point where they seem overwhelming. You may feel that you can no longer cope and don't know where to turn. Such feelings of helplessness can lead to depression and anxiety. When you feel that life no longer makes sense and you have lost confidence, motivation and belief in yourself, counselling can help you to explore your feelings and to untangle the events and emotions that have led you to feel this way. It may be due to circumstances such as loss, illness or bereavement or perhaps something in your past that has not been resolved. Other times, it may seem that there is no particular reason, you just know that you are not feeling good and that nothing is going right.
Often it's not the problems themselves that cause us distress, it is the way we respond to them and the choices that we make.
Although the prospect of sharing personal and often painful issues with someone you have just met may feel daunting, it is often the case that talking to someone who is not a part of your everyday life can feel easier. It could be that you are feeling embarrassed or ashamed and believe that you cannot share your problems with those close to you. Maybe the people close to you are part of the problems affecting you. Through gentle exploration of what you are feeling and experiencing, you will reach a deeper self-awareness and insight into your own life. My ultimate aim is to support you in this process, to keep you safe whilst acknowledging your pain and to help you achieve acceptance of yourself and to recognise that you have choices.
How Counselling Can Help
To be listened to but most importantly, to be heard, can have a profound effect on all of us. Feeling understood can enable you to be more open to exploring your thoughts and feelings at a deeper level should you choose to do so. It is always my aim to provide these conditions for my clients, without exception and to listen without judgement. The relationship between the therapist and the client - the therapeutic relationship - is of the utmost importance and it is this relationship of trust and respect that will facilitate change for you.
Change rarely comes without effort and commitment and can sometimes be painful but ultimately, it can be a rewarding and worthwhile experience. I will offer you a safe and comfortable environment as well as respect, warmth and empathy. It is this therapeutic environment which will encourage you to view your problems from a different perspective and to reach a deeper understanding of what you are experiencing and the feelings that you have felt unable to express. This in turn will help to promote significant change in the way you approach the difficulties in your life as well as the established ways of thinking and reacting that are no longer working for you.
How I Work
As a Psychotherapeutic counsellor, I have integrity and passion for my work. Counselling is something in which I have great faith, having witnessed the benefits it can have both on a personal level during my training and with the many clients I have worked with. My training was in integrative counselling which means that I am experienced in several different approaches. The core theories that I use are the Person-centred, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis approaches. However I also bring other theories into my work such as Mindfulness and Attachment theory if I feel they will be helpful to my clients. At the core of my work is the belief that everyone is of importance and value and that each person has choices even in situations that seem hopeless.
Every person I work with is different and unique and it is important for me to understand and respect your personal frame of reference, your background, culture and environment. Consequently, I will approach my work with you based on your individual needs and problems, drawing on various approaches and theories which I believe will most be most beneficial for you.
Ultimately, I offer you my experience, knowledge and training to support you through what can sometimes be a difficult and challenging process. However, I believe it is important for you to set the pace at which you wish to work and to choose the things you wish to talk about.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Academic Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Level 6, BACP Accredited Course)
- NCFE Certificate in Counselling Skills and Theory Level 3
- NCFE Certificate - Introduction to counselling skills Level 2
- Ascentis Foundation Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
Additional Training and Workshops:
- Certificate in Bereavement Awareness (Cruse)
- Advanced Counselling Skills
- Eating Disorders and Self-harm
- Trauma and Recovery
- Working with Shame
- Fear and Anxiety
- Child Protection and Safeguarding
- Clinical work with children Induction training (Place2be)
- Assistant school project manager, Place2be (Counselling primary age children and young teenagers)
- Group Work
- Sandtray Work
- TA 101
As a dedicated professional and in line with BACP requirements, I ensure that I attend regular training courses and workshops in order to enhance my professional development and to keep abreast of new developments.
I have extensive experience of working with clients with a wide range of personal issues. Particularly depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, relationship issues, family problems, divorce and bereavement. I also have experience of working with many other issues, some of which may not appear on the list below. if you are unsure, please call me and we can discuss your particular needs.
I have worked with several counselling organistions and charities such as Cruse Bereavement Care where I gained an additional certificate in Bereavement counselling. I have worked for a children's charity as an assistant school project mangager where I counselled children from age 6-15 in various different schools in Northumberland and South Tyneside.
As well as my Private practice in Morpeth, I also work within the IAPT Talking Therapies in an NHS setting.
My work with children and teenagers has been the latest development in my career having originally trained as an an adult counsellor. I enjoy working with children as well as adults and I have developed a good understanding of the particular issues that affect young people and their need to have a voice and to be heard.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and work within their ethical guidelines and adhere to their code of conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
My fees are £40 per Hour.
Should you decide to go ahead, the first session will be half price at £20 and will include a full assessment of your needs.
I also offer a free consultation on the telephone when you first contact me should you require this. This helps me to assess your needs and also provides you with the opportunity to decide if you think counselling is right for you and if you feel you will be comfortable working with me. However, I am aware that not everyone is comfortable with talking about their problems on the telephone in which case, you can also email me to arrange an appointment for an assessment
Should you wish to find out more about counselling, you can email or telephone me. Contact details are at the top of my profile. If you reach my answerphone, please leave a message and I will always return your call as soon as possible.
I offer both day and evening appointments and am happy to undertake short and long-term counselling as well as one-off sessions.
My private practice is based close to the centre of Morpeth within easy reach of Morpeth train station and local bus routes. I also welcome clients from surrounding areas within Northumberland.
I have full Professional Liability Insurance an an up-to-date enhanced DBS certificate
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am flexible and we can arrange a time that best suits you according to my availability
Types of client