Christopher Stafford

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BSc (First Class Hons) Couns/Psych / PG. Dip Couns. MBACP
Available for new clients
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Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0NR
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hello, and thank you for discovering my therapy services.

My name is Christopher Stafford, and I am a counselling psychotherapist in private practice and offer training to trainee and qualified counsellors. You are warmly invited to my private Counselling and Psychotherapy practice, located in the heart of Liverpool City Centre, as well as online.

I offer therapeutic services to individuals aged 16 and above, couples, and families.

**Throughout June, I am providing complimentary 15-minute initial telephone consultation calls for potential new clients interested in attending in person sessions in Liverpool City Centre. This is an ideal opportunity for us to begin to get know each other and for you as an individual, couple or family to decide if I am the person to support you.**

Meeting your expectations

I sincerely hope that I am the right match for you as a therapist, to start your personal therapeutic journey in a space that is safe, professional, and warmly accepting, focusing entirely on you, whether as an individual, a couple, or a family.

While my profile might appear quite detailed, I believe it's important to be open, honest, and transparent with you about the psychotherapeutic approaches I employ, as well as the qualifications and experience I can offer, especially since you've taken the first step towards therapy which is a difficult and dauting thing to do and I genuinely respect that. Seeking support is not always an easy choice.

I hope this gives you more insight into arranging private therapy sessions with me. 

At present, in-person therapy sessions are available at:

Liverpool City Centre (L2 0NR)

Please note that online sessions are not available at this time - 6/6/2024.

I am experienced therapist with over 3500 client therapeutic hours. This is not just my job, but my full-time career, and I am wholeheartedly dedicated to providing informed robust therapy tailored to meet the unique needs of all my clients.

I provide both short-term and long-term psychotherapy for young people, adults, couples and families.

For me, the field of counselling and psychotherapy has always been a source of immense joy. I have consistently maintained the same level of motivation and energy to support my clients on their personal therapeutic journeys, just as I did in my very first session. It is truly rewarding to engage in meaningful work with clients and witness their development and progress towards healing and resolution.

The healing and acceptance of what once seemed unacceptable can be a profound realisation, and the ability to facilitate such transformative spaces continues to inspire my dedication to this work.

In my therapeutic practice, I specialise in assisting clients who have endured trauma, abuse, and addictive behaviours throughout their lives. My advanced training encompasses working with trauma, PTSD, and managing intrusive thoughts. Additionally, I am extensively trained in addressing depression, clinical depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation, and working within suicidology.

As a fully qualified therapist with advanced training and qualifications, my practice is not confined to clients who may identify with the aforementioned issues; I cater to a broad spectrum of emotional health needs.

All my qualifications, which are exclusively in counselling and psychotherapy, are transparently listed on my profile. I hold the belief that clients who pay for therapy privately deserve to be fully informed about their therapist's level of qualification within the counselling professions. This ensures that the therapist is not only highly qualified but also possesses extensive experience in their field and areas of specialisation. My qualifications exceed the minimum entry-level requirements required to practice as a counsellor in the UK and I hold a first class BSc degree.

My fees are a reflection of the advanced qualifications and specialised training I have undertaken to practice as a counsellor. They also cover the use of a high-specification, centrally-located private counselling practice, which is a rented space distinct from my home, providing a neutral environment for both of us.

I have experience addressing a variety of mental health conditions and illnesses, as well as assisting individuals through diverse life transitions and challenging experiences, within private practice, charitable organisations, public sectors, and clinical environments.

I recognise that life can be challenging, uncertain, and at times extremely painful and certainly unfair, causing us to sometimes lose our sense of personal meaning and identity amidst the trials we face to survive. Feeling "stuck" without a clear purpose can give rise to various negative emotions and thoughts, which can impact the quality of our lives. I hold that our emotional 'unfinished business'—the feelings and experiences we have yet to articulate—can profoundly influence our current state of being. Discovering a means to voice the unvoiced can offer liberation.

I firmly believe that individuals can transcend emotional turmoil to reach a state of self-acceptance, moving beyond mere existence to a life filled with personal tranquillity. It's recognised that the inconceivable occurs, and it often remains unspoken for many years, especially in cases of childhood abuse and trauma. I fully acknowledge the immense challenge and pain involved in confronting these issues, but it is within the secure environment of therapy that I provide where resolution and healing can be found.

Living a life that feels out of sync with your true self can be overwhelming. Emotionally, it may lead to anxiety, depression, and profound sadness. It's common to feel "stuck," as if life is moving forward without you, and you're not engaging with it in the way you'd like to.

You might find yourself trapped in a relentless cycle of self-critical thoughts, which can lead to a sense of emptiness, sadness, and isolation, along with a yearning for a different emotional state in your life.

As an integrative counsellor, I offer a secure therapeutic environment that is led by you, the client, working at your own pace to assist in navigating your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. My goal is to immerse myself as deeply as possible into my client's world, to truly grasp what it feels like to be them, enabling us to collaborate effectively.

I customize and personalise my therapeutic approach to warmly welcome your unique life experiences, whether you participate in individual or couples sessions.

Respect and empathy are integral to my counselling practice, allowing me to truly listen and be present with you, acknowledging the unique experiences you share.

I am here to accompany you on a deeply personal and potentially challenging journey, providing a safe therapeutic space for you to explore without fear of judgment or rejection.

I possess advanced training in areas such as:

Sexual Abuse

Domestic Violence

Childhood Trauma and Abuse

Self-Identity

Shame

Attachment Issues

Depression

PTSD and related concerns.

LGBTQIA+ Experiencing

Sex and Sex related issues

Chronic Illness and Life Limiting Illness

I am a fully inclusive therapist who champions equality for all as a standard practice.

Update - 4/6/2024

Liverpool City Centre - Face-to-face sessions are currently available.

Nationwide Online Sessions - not available at the moment.

Regardless of the platform we use for your counselling sessions, my dedication is to offer an environment that revolves around you. This is your opportunity to delve into what matters to you, address your concerns, and articulate your feelings about being yourself in this world, with all your unique experiences. I am prepared to listen to the emotions, thoughts, and experiences you decide to share in our sessions, empowering you to forge a path towards the life you aspire to lead.

Taking that initial step towards self-understanding and enhanced self-awareness can be daunting and filled with hesitation. As individuals, we may neglect our own needs, particularly when we've prioritized the desires and needs of others over our own for an extended period. This can lead to a disconnection from our authentic selves, prompting a journey to rediscover who we are, and what we truly seek from life and our relationships.

Creating a therapeutic space that is exclusively yours, where you can be completely heard, being accepted without any demands can be an incredibly empowering experience.

As a fully insured therapist, I am also registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) to guarantee full compliance with data storage within my practice. Additionally, I hold membership with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). My core counselling training and qualifications have been elevated to a BSc (First Class Honours) level, enabling me to provide a range of therapeutic interventions, ensuring that you receive the best possible experience from your therapy.

**Beginning Therapy with Me**

To start, simply give me a call or send an email to set up an initial consultation call where I can address any questions you have about undergoing counselling with me.

This initial consultation will be a 25-minute phone or video call, and the cost is £25.

**Throughout June, complimentary initial 15-minute consultation calls are on offer.**

Should you opt to proceed with my services following this, we can schedule our first counselling session at a time and place that suits us both.

Following your booking, I will email you a confirmation of your initial appointment, including comprehensive details about the location, parking, public transport options, and arrival instructions.

Additionally, I will attach our counselling agreement to this email, which will provide detailed information on how our counselling sessions will be conducted. This agreement will cover aspects such as confidentiality, data storage, my fees, payment methods, and my cancellation policy. Please read the counselling agreement, fill out all the sections designated for clients, sign it electronically, and send it back to me prior to our first session. If electronic signing is not feasible and you opt for in-person counselling, we can complete the signing of a physical copy during our first meeting. Should you have any inquiries about the aforementioned details, you are welcome to raise them with me.

In your first session, we will start by reviewing the counselling contract to address any questions you may have. After obtaining your informed consent, we will embark on our therapeutic journey. The initial session will be exploratory, allowing me to gain insight into your life experiences and current situation.

This is your counselling session, a space for open exploration to find the resolution you seek.

We will regularly review our sessions. You have the freedom to conclude your counselling journey whenever you feel it is appropriate.

I am eager to hear from you.

In the meantime, look after "you"

www.chris-stafford-counselling.co.uk


 

Training, qualifications & experience

BSc (First Class Honours) in Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Postgraduate Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.

Provided counselling for the Emotional and Wellbeing Service (Wirral) followed by Private Practice.

Advanced training in:

PTSD, Sexual Abuse, Discrimination, Suicidal Ideation, Self-Harm, Depression, Relationships, Self-Esteem, and Chemsex.

Work extensively with issues of shame and discrimination.

Regularly invited to participate in mental health training, awareness, and advocacy in the Public Sector. Additionally, I create and conduct training sessions for both trainee and certified counsellors, psychotherapists, and other mental health practitioners.

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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Fees

£55.00 - £70.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed
  • Refugees

Additional information

Face to Face Counselling:

Initial Telephone Consultation (25mins) £25.00 

Complimentary 15 minute consultation available throughout June

This an opportunity to explore the reasons for you wishing to access therapy and for me to find a little more  out about you as an individual or couple and of course for you to ask any questions. This will allow me to advise on what I can offer to support you in therapy and to decide if we would like to work together in a therapeutic relationship.

£55.00 - £70.00 per 60 - minutes Individual in person Therapy Session in Liverpool City Centre.

£85.00 to £95.00 per 60 - minutes Couples in person Therapy Session Liverpool City Centre

£65.00 per 60 - minutes session Individual Online Therapy Nationwide

£15.00 additional charge for out of hours appointments on weekends applies to all sessions.

Please note 48 hours cancellation notice is required for all appointments 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Having my own counselling premises I can be flexible with days and times to suit your needs - we can discuss this on our initial call.

Further information

I tailor theoretical approaches to your therapy, or you can choose for us to work with one specific approach. My primary method of working with clients involves an integrative or, as it's currently termed, pluralistic approach. This means utilising a combination of theoretical approaches, providing us with flexibility and a broader toolkit to personalise your therapy.

The approaches include:

- Person-Centred Theory
- Psychodynamic Theory
- Narrative Theory
- Transactional Analysis
- Compassion-Focused Therapy
- Trauma-Focused Therapy
- Gestalt Theory

Liverpool Therapy Rooms, Suite 2, 34 Castle Street, Liverpool, Merseyside, L1 0NR

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

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Hearing induction loop

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Online platforms

Doxy
VSee
Zoom

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