Crissy Duff BA (Hons) Accredited MBACP
I believe that it is the quality and stability of the therapeutic relationship between counsellor and client, that is the most important factor in how successful counselling will be. With this in mind, I offer you a warm, respectful and accepting relationship, without judgement or criticism.
As a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I work with a wide range of emotional and mental health difficulties; including depression, anger, anxiety, panic, stress, low self esteem, self harm, attachment, relationship and parenting difficulties, disordered eating, bereavement and loss. I counsel adults, couples, adolescents, children and families in my own private practice, which is based in a comfortable home environment.
I am an experienced student mentor, working at secondary, 6th form and university level and offering advice and support around a wide range of personal, relational, access and educational issues.
As a qualified Clinical Supervisor, I work one to one and with groups, both in my private practice and within organisations. My client base includes trainee and qualified counsellors, psychotherapists, health and educational professionals.
I hold the position of Practice and Clinical Manager for Help Counselling, a low cost counselling charity and placement based in Notting Hill. At Help I am responsible for the day to day running of the centre, I manage a cohort of 60 trainee therapists with a large and diverse client base, supervise small groups of therapists and organise and facilitate CPD events and room hire.
When working with clients I use an Integrative Relational approach, drawing upon a range of different theories, including Gestalt, Mindfulness and Attachment based therapies.With children, and where appropriate with adult clients, I incorporate the Expressive Arts. This gentle and playful form of therapy entails meeting each individual client where they are in each moment and may involve the use of art materials, clay, sand tray, music, poetry, creative writing, games, puppets and movement.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdA/BA Hons – First Class Degree in Integrative-Relational Counselling from Middlesex University.
Intermediate Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Working With Children and Adolescents. (Gestalt Centre London)
Certificate in Nutritional Skills for Eating Disorders.
Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction
Certificate in Supervision - CSTD London
Couple Dynamics - Ruth Morgan
2004 - 2012 - Editor, Moderator and Parent Supporter for Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health for parenting website Netmums.com.
2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor at Claremont Medical Centre, Surbiton, Surrey.
2008 - 2012 - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor within the Occupational Health Department of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, Guildhall, Kingston.
2011 - 2014 - School Counsellor - Elmbridge
2011 - 2018 - Mentor at Kingston University working with students on behalf of the Disability and Dyslexia Department.
2010 to present and ongoing - Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Private Practice
2018 to Sept 2019 - Clinical Manager at Help Counselling. Notting Hill.
Oct 2019 to present and ongoing - Practice and Clinical Manager at Help Counselling. Notting Hill
2014 to 2017- Assistant Tutor and Training Co-facilitator - 'Working with Children' and 'Working with Adolescents' based at The Gestalt Centre, London EC2
Expert Consultant for Netmums book - ‘You and Your Tween’ - 2011 - Rated Number 1 in the Independent Newspaper's 'Top Ten Parenting Books'
Expert Consultant for Netmums book – 'The Ultimate Baby and Toddler Q&A’
2011 - Guest Speaker on Postnatal and Antenatal Depression at the Glasgow Baby Show.
Quoted in the national press and magazines, interviewed on radio, television news and ITV's This Morning on a range of parenting, emotional and social issues.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
When working with children and adolescents both in schools and privately, I employ a wide range of Creative Play, Art, Writing and Music Techniques using a Gestalt based gentle and non-directive approach which is informed and supported by Mindfulness and by Attachment Theory.
As a qualified Integrative Relational Counsellor, my training and approach to counselling encompasses elements of Humanistic Therapies including Gestalt, Person-Centred and Existential as well as the Expressive Arts, Psychodynamic Therapy and CBT.
My training as supervisor draws from the Seven-Eyed Model developed by the Centre for Supervision and Team Development (CSTD London).
My current fees are £60 for adults. £70 for children and young people. £75 for Family, Parenting and Couples work. I do however offer a limited number of reduced rate places for exceptional circumstances and I am very happy to discuss this with you.
I am a qualified supervisor having trained with the Centre for Supervision and Team Development in London (CSTD). I offer supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors and those working in a pastoral, teaching or support role with adults, children and young people, both one to one and in groups in my private practice and within organisations. One to one sessions are charged at £60 with a limited number of student concessions available. Group supervision and organisational prices are available upon application.
In order to be the best possible counsellor that I can be for my clients and in accordance with BACP guidelines I work under ongoing professional supervision from a senior practitioner. My commitment to professional and personal development means that I regularly undertake further training in the form of counselling courses, workshops, research and reading.