Christopher Scratcher-Oates BA Hons. Coun. Registered MBACP
I am a professionally qualified Counsellor working in the Tyne and Wear area of the North East of England. I work from a Person-Centred perspective which essentially means that I believe in the individual’s ability to grow and develop in the way that is best for them. I place great importance and emphasis on the relationship between the Client and the Counsellor. I believe that if a Client experiences warmth, empathy and a non-judgemental attitude within an honest, trusting and secure environment, then the facilitation that results from this can be pivotal in effecting personal growth and change.
Training, qualifications & experience
In 2011 I gained a Ba. Honours Degree in Counselling from the award winning* University of Sunderland Psychology Department. (*Rated first out of 108 Psychology departments in the UK for Teaching Excellence by the Sunday Times University Guide 2012)
I worked for two years as a counsellor at the Riverside Medical Centre in Sunderland offering a Person-Centred counselling service for adults. My work with clients covered a wide range of issues such as anxiety, eating disorders, bereavement issues, depression, anger management, alcohol problems and relationship difficulties.
Before training as a counsellor, I have had over twenty years experience of working in a listening, advisory and counselling capacity for many organisations dealing with specific issues such as sexuality, gender, terminal illness and male sexual and domestic abuse.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
If you need to know more before deciding if counselling is right for you then please ring or e-mail me for a chat about your options.
Fees are £45* per session.
*concessions may be available, please enquire.