Chris Clark BA (Hons) MBACP Relational Psychodynamic Counsellor
***As the COVID-19 lockdown eases, I am transitioning some of my practice from online to in-person, however I may only be able to offer online sessions for the time-being.***
Sometimes we find ourselves stuck in life - striving to move forward, but unable to move past the memories and emotions that are holding us back. At times like this, it is easy to feel overwhelmed and hopeless. Perhaps you feel like you are failing when you compare yourself to others. Maybe you’ve had enough of feeling stuck and want to find a way out? If this sounds like you, I would love to work with you. Whether you are seeking individual or relationship counselling, you will have the opportunity to gain perspective on your circumstances and consider how you would like to move forward in life.
When working with individuals, I listen carefully to your experiences and ask questions that will help you identify themes and patterns in your life. I also pay careful attention to the relationship between you and I as this can offer us insight into your relationships outside of our sessions, both in the past and the present day.
When working with couples and groups, I pay attention to the relationship while noticing any relational, intimacy and communication difficulties that may arise. Relationship counselling includes any romantic consensual combination of individuals whether married, in a long-term partnership, open relationship, throuple or anything else. All relationship types are welcomed and affirmed.
More About Me and My Work with Clients
By offering a collaborative and unique approach to each of my clients, I work toward your expectations and desired outcomes in therapy. Each session, I provide a contained space where your pain and struggles can be heard and felt, while noticing and highlighting themes that emerge as the therapeutic work progresses.
My approach to therapy is less problem-focused and more exploratory; allowing space for uncovered themes and unconscious experiences to be worked through. For this reason, it is preferable to work longer-term (six months or more) with a commitment to meet at least once per week. A shorter or time-limited arrangement is available for relationship therapy, however it is still preferable to work together for at least twelve sessions.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues, which specifically include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, loneliness, bereavement, relationship difficulties, emotional abuse, sexual problems and sexual abuse. I am also an Advanced Trainee in Psychosexual Therapy, which enhances and deepens my awareness of sexual and relational difficulties, including Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) issues.
Get in Touch to Find Out More
I understand that finding the right counsellor is very important and the process of therapy requires courage and commitment. Therefore, I offer a free 15-minute phone call where you can give me a brief overview of your situation and ask any questions you may have. From there, we can book an initial session to discuss your needs further.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) in Theology and Counselling (2017-2020)
Developmental Perspectives on Pathological Narcissism (2020)
Narcissistic Traits and Emotional Abuse, Adult Survivors of Narcissistic Abuse (2020)
Diploma in Sexual and Relational Therapy (2021 - Present)
I also hold an Enhanced DBS and am a Student Member of the College of Sexual and Relationship Therapists (COSRT).
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Gender Identity / Gender Expression
Pornography / Porn Addiction
Christian Faith / Christianity
From £45.00 to £70.00
Free initial telephone session
Individuals: £45 per session - 50 minutes
Couples: £55 per session - 60 minutes or £70 per session - 80 minutes
I have availability to see clients both in-person and on Zoom, however please be aware that the in-person sessions are popular and there may be a wait before a session becomes available.