Chris Williams MA MBACP
You may want counselling to help with a difficult life event, such as break-up or bereavement. Or you may be anxious, sad or depressed and not really know why. I can help you deal with your immediate situation, and if and when you’re ready, help you look at relationships and events in your past which may affect how you’re currently feeling.
You may be worried that counselling means having to rake over painful experiences, or blame all your problems on your mother. It doesn’t. My approach is to follow your lead. I’ll gently question the topics you bring to counselling, and see what you’d like to look at further.
We have different selves at work, with family, with friends, and may see past versions of ourselves as a different person. We may believe it’s wrong to feel angry, sad, jealous, hurt or shameful, but this is all part of us too. As an Integrative Counsellor & Psychotherapist I can help you look at what keeps the different parts of you separate, and help you accept and feel comfortable with yourself as a whole, complex human being.
Please contact me if you have any questions, or to arrange an initial session where you can talk about what you'd like to get from counselling and decide whether I'm the right counsellor for you. How long you remain in counselling is up to you: it can be a short-term, targeted experience, or open-ended.
Due to Covid-19, I'm currently not working face-to-face but can offer counselling by phone, Zoom or Skype.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling from Middlesex University/Metanoia and am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy. I've worked for a variety of counselling and telephone listening agencies, including specialised LGBTQ and HIV services. I'm currently a volunteer for the NHS Check In & Chat service, for people isolated because of Covid-19.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £50 per hour.
Before becoming a counsellor, I worked as a conference interpreter for the EU for 17 years. Having grown up on the Isle of Wight and lived in a variety of countries, I have considerable experience of cultural difference and know first-hand what it’s like to be a foreigner. I can offer counselling in French, Spanish, German and Italian as well as English.
In my spare time I write fiction, so am well-acquainted with the need we have to express ourselves creatively, and with the struggles this brings.