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About me

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 - chris@macgovern.net


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.


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.

Qualifying training:

  • 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.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

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£100.00 per session

Additional information

Individuals and Couples: £100/session

Families: £130/session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I offer private sessions from Monday to Thursday each week. While most are via Zoom, I am offering in person sessions:

    - in Wimbledon Tuesday eves.
    - in Canary Wharf Wednesday eves.

Further information


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.


Canary Wharf

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

While both rooms are on the ground floor, there are a couple of small steps that can be negotiated with a helper. If you are arriving by wheel chair let me know and we will sort it out for you.

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Christopher MacGovern

Christopher MacGovern