Couples counselling specialist Christopher MacGovern
As a relationship psychotherapist working in both the NHS and in private practice I specialise in couple relationships and the impact of stressed relationships on individuals through to families. My experience includes helping over 1000 clients make their relationships work. And the vast majority say that our work together has contributed to significant and beneficial change in their lives. While I believe success comes from professional skills (I am a fully qualified Systemic Psychotherapist), I also believe that the main contributor is teamwork, building a great partnership with my clients. And perhaps a good dose of pragmatism borrowed from a previous career in the business world.
So if you are ready for change, call me on 07500 582 526 - firstname.lastname@example.org
FOR COUPLES ...
How counselling with Chris MacGovern can help me?
If you want to save the relationship, I will work with you to find a way forward:
- Breath new life into emotionally and sexually dormant relationships.
- Find better conflict management strategies. Learn to rebuild trust or recover from an affair.
- Have fun again.
If you are not sure your relationship is right for you, my job is to help you make the right decisions.
Will it work?
The good news is that if you arrive ready to do good work on your relationship, my experience and that of my clients suggests that you will probably succeed.
FOR INDIVIDUALS ...
Can I discuss relationships in counselling on my own?
Yes, and currently about 40% of my clients do. For some it is more about them as an individual, coping with stress etc. For others it is more about facilitating their relationships with others.
- Exploring finding or maintaining relationships. Preparing for a break up. Working with a partner who won’t attend.
- Gay or lesbian aspects of personality.
- The big one, addressing issues with our families. Which can include working with your entire family.
Will it work?
Good relationship skills can be learnt. Hindrances can be explored and challenged. Previous losses or hurts can be dealt with.
So yes it can and my experience with my clients is that it does.
Training, qualifications & experience
My ongoing training helps ensure that I engage with latest research and thinking. Insight from previous employment helps ground me in the reality of my clients experience of career as a professional or business owner. Working both in the NHS and as a clinical supervisor ensures I get lots of feedback on my practice beyond that available in purely private work. This helps me question and stay fresh with my ideas about what might help my clients.
- MSc in systemic psychotherapy (2007) for working with individuals, couples and families. (Birkbeck College London).
The path to this psychotherapy qualifying training included Relate’s relationship therapy diploma and their clinical supervision certificate. Prior to this I trained as a product designer and worked developing and marketing systems for financial technology companies.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Currently all sessions are via zoom. This is actually proving to work very well. I offer private sessions from Monday to Thursday each week.
SUCCESSFULL THERAPY IS ABOUT BUILDING A GREAT PARTNERSHIP WITH YOUR THERAPIST:
Initial Consultation – your first session:
This is a structured session in which I both collect background information on you and your relationship, and clarify your definition of your problems and the changes you are looking for. I check that I am appropriatly qualified for this work and in turn, you check that you feel we can work comfortably together.
Subsequent ongoing sessions:
Sessions are weekly, lasting fifty minutes and continue for as long as we feel they are helpful. While much of my work is short term (6-10 sessions) some clients choose to work longer (a year or more) on deeper or more fundamental change.
What will a typical session involve:
Our work together will often be lively in tone, combining reflection and understanding as we explore present, past and hoped for future relationships. It will utilise both psychodynamic and systemic theories. Additionally we will measure your progress on a weekly basis using latest techniques.
How bad does it have to be?
Research shows that the quality of our close relationships has a major impact on the most fundamental aspects of our lives. So its worth investing in them.