Christopher Tovey

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MEd BA (Hons) Person-centred Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8
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About me

I am an existential therapist and coach. I believe that authenticity should be at the heart of everything we do. Mutual agreement to begin work is negotiated in a free initial 15-minute telephone session. My aim is to assist clients in developing and consolidating ways of tackling life's challenges, so that you can find your own meaning and direction. We work together on understanding problems in living and overcoming adversity. My overall approach has been inspired by ten years of in-depth counselling work with clients experiencing a diverse range of life issues including loss and grief, post-traumatic stress, childhood abuse and adversity, addiction, anxiety, depression, relationships and autism.

My developing approach to practice has also been guided by my own experience of working towards a more authentic quality of life. This personal self-help philosophy can be briefly summarised as:

  • Know Yourself
  • Own Yourself
  • Be Yourself

Please contact me to arrange an initial telephone consultation.

Training, qualifications & experience

In 2010, at the age of 62, I completed my degree in Person-centred Counselling and Psychotherapy at Warwick University and began to work independently as a therapist.

I took early retirement from a 35 year Public Service career in Social Care Management and Education and began working voluntarily for Cruse Bereavement Care and the Citizens Advice Bureau. I also attended three introductory counselling courses over the following two years. I began a full-time degree in Person-centred Counselling at Essex University in 2008 and transferred to Warwick University after a Certificate year in order to relocate in Kenilworth.

During the last five years of training and personal development as a therapist, I have gained experience of a broad range of counselling relationships with diverse people through voluntary work with organisations such as Warwickshire Age UK, Safeline Warwick and Coventry and Warwickshire Cruse Bereavement Care. I am continuing with voluntary work at Safeline in addition to private practice. 

In 2012 I returned to Warwick University for further specialist professional development in counselling and psychotherapy. In March 2014 I was awarded a BA (Hons) Degree in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.

I recently completed a two year practitioner research project on the experience of post-traumatic growth with survivors of childhood sexual abuse. An article titled 'Harvesting Hope' was published about this work in BACP's 'Private Practice' journal in December 2017.

In 2017 I completed an intensive advanced course in Existential Coaching at the New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling in London.  I now offer Life Coaching as an alternative service provided by 'Kenilworth Counselling'.

In March 2018 I published an article in BACP's 'Private Practice' journal titled 'Tragic Optimism', which explains how existential therapy and coaching can be of benefit to both clients and practitioners.

In January 2019 I began a 3 year counselling research PhD course at Warwick University, Centre for Lifelong Learning.

In March 2019 I published an article in BACP's 'Private Practice' journal titled 'The world and I are within one another', which explains my approach to talking therapy as 'relational recovery'.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Lifelong Learning

Post-traumatic Growth

Existential Therapy



£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

My standard fee for an hourly session is £50.

Mutual agreement to begin work is negotiated in a free initial 15 minute telephone session.

When I work

I can be contacted phone or e mail at any time. I will try to respond to messages within 24hrs if I am not available at the time of the enquiry.

Further information

How I Work.

The foundation of my theoretical approach is Rogerian Person-centred Therapy.

More about this form of talking therapy and counselling relationship can be found on my website

I am currently learning about and exploring 'Mindfulness' and 'Focusing' as part of my continuing personal development.

Published articles

Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Ground floor counselling with easy access and toilet facilities.

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