Christopher Zach BA Hons UKCP registered
While there are many different approaches to psychotherapy and counselling, I work principally within the psychoanalytic tradition, a key part of which is to work in collaboration with clients to try to understand the unconscious origins of difficulties affecting our lives in the present.
The aim is not to give advice, but to support people who have reached a point in their lives where they feel themselves to be facing difficult, sometimes confusing feelings and states of mind, to offer a reliable place to come and be listened to, without fear of being judged, criticised or told what to do. It is also an opportunity to think about the role, both negative, but also positive, your unconscious mental life may play in the difficulties you face and their resolution.
The goal is not only to work to relieve inner conflict and suffering, but also to help you to achieve a deeper self-understanding, to allow you to remove the obstacles that frustrate your development as an individual, to help you to achieve a measure of freedom from outworn assumptions, beliefs and feelings, and so make possible a more creative, rewarding and fulfilling life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered analytical psychotherapist with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, specifically as a member of the Council for Psychoanalysis and Jungian Analysis College. I am qualified to work with clients once, twice or three sessions a week, with each session being for fifty minutes.
I qualified as an analytical psychotherapist after completing a psychodynamic, pluralistic and developmental training with the Association of Independent Psychotherapists (AIP), a training organization accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have extensive experience working with clients struggling with a range of difficulties, including stress, depression, low self-esteem, anxiety, panic attacks, disturbed sleeping patterns, bereavement, anger issues, obsessive-compulsive behaviours, relationship problems, difficult and painful thoughts and feelings, and issues around their own personal development and fulfilment.
My practice is bound by the code of ethics of the AIP and the UKCP. I am committed to equal opportunity and do not discriminate on the basis of age, marital status, disability, race, religion, gender or sexual orientation. I am fully insured.
I am also a member of the Guild of Psychotherapists, and of the Confederation for Analytical Psychology, an association of Jungian psychotherapists and analysts, which is an organizational member of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.
I also hold a BA (Hons) degree in English and Comparative Literature.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer a range of fee levels for psychotherapy and counselling, depending on frequency of sessions and the personal circumstances of clients. My fees range between £50 to £70 per session, negotiable on a case-by-case basis.
I offer therapy once, twice or three times weekly, with a concession on fees for two- or three-times-a-week sessions. This again is by negotiation on an individual basis.
The initial consultation is charged at £50. This session allows us to discuss your situation and needs in detail. It will usually last for 50 minutes. It is entirely confidential, this allows you the opportunity talk with complete confidence that your privacy will be respected.
I also offer clinical supervision to psychotherapists, both in training and qualified. My fee is £50 per session, though I am open to some flexibility with therapists in training.
I work week days, both during the day and in the evenings. I try to reply to all inquiries within 24 hours.
I have been in private practice as an analytical psychotherapist in Twickenham and Richmond, south-west London, working with clients in both short-term and open-ended therapy, for over 15 years.
My practice is well situated for those seeking psychotherapy or counselling in Twickenham, Richmond, Teddington and Kingston, Surrey. I am a ten-minute walk from Strawberry Hill train station. I am also within easy reach of St. Margaret’s, Kew, Sheen, Petersham, Whitton, and Hampton. Free street parking is available. In addition, the area benefits from excellent bus services, with the 33 bus route passing five minutes away from where I am based.