Christopher Gore MBACP (accred), Msc, BA, Dip.
My name is Chris Gore and I am a BACP accredited Psychodynamic Counsellor with over 20 years experience of working with individuals and groups in many different settings. I offer short or longer-term therapy to individuals and groups.
I am guessing that you might want to make sense of a situation in your life or the way you are feeling about yourself or others? Whatever brings you here I will take your concern seriously and try to help you think about a way forward.
I offer online counselling via Zoom. This is obviously different to meeting face to face but can be very helpful. I work from a confidential office where nobody other than myself has access. During sessions it is important you have a space to be able to talk openly and without distraction for the duration of the 50 minute session.
I have a particular interest in how feelings of shame can impact on one's self-worth and inhibit the potential to live a creative and fulfilling life. I think loneliness is exacerbated by the feelings of shame. My work involves, amongst many other things, trying to understand this and how loss and unresolved grief can also have an impact on one's life.
I ordinarily work from a tranquil location in Woking and see a wide range of people who present with differing dilemmas and difficulties.
Some of my work experience has included working with frontline staff in the NHS as a staff counsellor for short term dynamic therapy, as the Senior Counsellor working with adolescents 14-17 years who were excluded from mainstream education, this also included working with the family. I currently see students in Universities who have been diagnosed with a mental health problem and are struggling with their chosen course.
I worked as a Senior Counsellor in Palliative care for a number of years with patients facing death and bereaved relatives and facilitated bereavement groups for those affected by the loss.. I also helped train bereavement counsellors in this role.
I have lectured on Counselling courses at The University of London, Birkbeck College and currently tutor at the Institute of Group Analysis on the Group Supervision course.
I have a wide range of experience in working with addictions in treatment centres where alcohol, drugs or other compulsive behaviours were the primary concern. This also included facilitating therapeutic groups.
In all of my work experiences the capacity to build a trusting relationship has been central to my counselling philosophy and to the process of change. I have gathered together over a number of years a way of working that enables those I work with to quickly feel at ease in my presence. This enables trust to develop and enhances development and understanding.
I draw on Psychodynamic theory as a basic guide to my work but have a wide range of other theoretical knowledge that I apply to my work. This has been gained through my extensive varied experience of working with people. I have also acquired valuable theoretical and hands on experience in Group Analysis and on Group Relations conferences. The group perspective has enhanced my individual work because we have all originated from one group or another, starting with the family and we continue to live and work in groups. Whilst the theoretical knowledge is important I place the therapeutic relationship at the heart of the work.
Psychodynamic means I think about how our histories impact on our here and now experiences. I am sometimes questioned about the past and told “it is in the past I cannot do anything about it now” On one level this is true but at the same time the issue being considered is still hindering life today. My skill and expertise lies in working in the present whilst understanding the impact of historical issues on one’s life today. This enables more opportunity to fully live in the present without the baggage of the past interfering.
All the above contributes to who I am as a therapist but I have many other qualities and skills that I bring to my work. These include an understanding of emotional suffering and a capacity to make psychological contact with others, enhancing development and reducing the sense of loneliness that we can all sometimes struggle with. In turn the work of therapy helps one to live more in relationship with others and oneself, recognising needs whilst also coming to terms with limitations too.
I completed a 3 year Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. Before, during and after my training I participated in my own personal therapy in Psychoanalytical Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis to deepen my theoretical knowledge and further my own personal development. This has enabled me to be more psychologically present as a therapist.
I became a BACP accredited therapist in 2007 and in 2012 underwent further training in Group Supervision at the Institute of Group Analysis. I regularly attend professional development training courses and events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills. For example recently attending a Psychosexual conference at the Tavistock Institute and a Group Analytical conference on Hate, Terrorism and fundamentalism. I continue to update my knowledge and skills regarding my couple work at the Tavistock Institute by attending CPD courses.
Types of Clients:
I offer individual and couple Counselling or Psychotherapy to:
Adolescents 14 – 25 years
Frequently Asked Questions
When did you qualify?
I completed a 3 year Masters Degree in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2003. I have undergone further training in Group Supervision and have regularly attended professional development training courses and events to maintain, improve and broaden my clinical knowledge and skills. I continue to do this on a regular basis.
What does Psychodynamically trained mean?
It means I specialised in Psychodynamic theory during my training and believe that early experiences in our lives can continue to impact on here and now current experiences. I am skilled in listening for both conscious and unconscious communication either verbally or through the body. I have spent many years in my own therapy both individually and in a group. This has enhanced my capacity to be alongside you during your therapy and to not be sidetracked by any personal issues of my own.
What about other theories?
I have extensive knowledge of most counselling theories along with group analytical ideas. This has been gained through many years of working in health and educational settings and lecturing on counselling courses,
Are you accredited by a professional organisation? What is the difference between accredited and being a member.
I received professional British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accreditation in 2007. Prior to this I was a member of BACP and had not undergone a stringent process where my counselling capacity and experience were evaluated.
Do you subscribe to a professional code of ethics?
I adhere to the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy as set out by the British Association For Counselling and Psychotherapy.
What is your confidentiality policy?
All sessions are confidential, except in circumstances where a) I believe a client or third party to be at serious risk or b) where I would be liable to civil or criminal proceedings if information a client had shared was not disclosed. I would always think with you first about this.
Do you receive regular supervision?
In line with the professional requirements of the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy I meet on a regular basis with a clinical supervisor and always maintain client anonymity. The aim of supervision is to help me reflect on my clinical work and is essential in my maintaining an ethical and competent work practice and attitude.
Where do sessions take place?
I practice from 2 locations: I am located in-between Woking and Guildford, GU22 and easily accessible from both.
What happens in the initial session?
The initial session provides us with an opportunity to explore why help is being sought and whether what I can offer is appropriate, and most importantly, that we both feel comfortable working together.
What happens after the initial session?
If at the end of the initial session, it is felt to be appropriate to continue working together, we can, dependent on your presenting issues/needs, put in place either a short-term focused counselling or longer-term in-depth psychotherapy contract.
What is your availability?
In Woking/Guildford I have availability on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:30am - 8:30pm.
Training, qualifications & experience
My Professional Qualifications so far are as follows:
•Institute of Group Analysis (IGA) Group Supervision Training (2012)
•MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling & Psychotherapy (2002-2003)
•Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (2000-2002)
•BA in Social Work (1997-1999)
I am accredited and a member of:
•BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
•BACP/UKRCP Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist
•Full Member of the Birkbeck Counselling Association
•Associate member of the Institution of Group Analysis
•Full member of the Guildford Centre for Psychotherapy
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My current fees are:
Individual Counselling/Psychotherapy - £50
"Sally came to therapy because she was unhappy about some of the thoughts and feelings she was experiencing. She felt that if someone looked in at her life from the outside they would see a successful and content mother and wife with a good job. She felt guilty and bad about herself at times because "what did she have to complain about". After starting therapy she began to acknowledge that she could have mixed feelings about certain aspects of her life and began to see how ingrained messages from the past were impacting on her here and now life experiences. By disentangling some of these past messages she began to allow more of her needs to be met without the guilt and feel happier in her relationships".
"Joey came to therapy because he felt he could not stop watching pornography and found this impacted on his personal relationships. He felt ashamed of this and in his secrecy tortured himself for this behaviour. He came from a good background and was well educated. On the surface he appeared successful and in control of his life. The hidden aspect was he was leading a double life which impacted on him in a very painful way when he was alone with himself. Through therapy he began to understand what his use of pornography was defending against and allowed his more vulnerable side to emerge. This helped in his relationships in the real world and the escape to the trance like world of pornography significantly lessened"
"You were there as a constant through some of the most difficult and worst times of my life. I hope I can take your words of wisdom forward in my life and continue to use your guidance for years to come in both my personal life and career".
"Thank you for your help over these 12 weeks. Even though at times it has made me nervous, I have always felt a release and it has helped me go to the very core of this grief which has felt needed and helpful".
"Thank you for sharing your abundance of knowledge and understanding. I will carry your invaluable teachings with me throughout my career".
"I just want to reiterate a massive thank you for all that you did in helping me at the end of the last academic year. None of the above would have been possible if we had not have had our meetings and I just wanted to thank you again".
"I hope to build upon the skills that counselling has given me and go forward with confidence. It has enabled me to have the courage to acknowledge my own needs, which until now I had not been able to do. Thank you again".
"Thanks for this. It has been a pleasure having you working with our students again this year. Please say you are coming back next year".
"Thank you so much for my sessions with you. I have really appreciated you listening to me and helping me. I'm sure people say this to you all the time - you are fantastic at your job".
"You are my light house in stormy waters, and have helped me enormously".