Cristina Gordon, Integrative Psychotherapist, UKCP-MBACP, MA&ADIP
Time to focus on you
Why is it, in our modern times with an emphasis on instant and constant communication, we seem to experience less genuine connection with each other? Are we forgetting or perhaps even avoiding to connect with what matters the most, our own authentic self?
Instant connectedness has come to replace reflectiveness and introspection, leading to a loss of intimacy with self and others. Therapy addresses the essential need to stop, check in with ourselves and process our thoughts and feelings. It promotes connection with our own vitality.
I am a qualified integrative psychotherapist and counsellor, practicing in Milton Keynes and Olney. I have a flexible, sensitive, relational approach. Over the course of our sessions, I will work very much in collaboration with you to understand what’s troubling you and formulate a treatment plan.
I focus on your presenting difficulties in the context of your early relationships and environment, helping you to create links between past and present to bring about a deeper and more cohesive understanding of yourself.
I support and encourage ways of contacting your own inner experience, the embodied felt sense of what it means to be you whilst building a trusting therapeutic relationship. Engaging in therapy can help you reconnect with a sense of aliveness, contentment and find more creative ways of participating in the world.
The core of my practice rests in relational psychoanalytic thought and humanistic-existential philosophy with its emphasis on the joy, pain and complexity of simply being human.
I offer both short-term work (up to 12 sessions) with specifically agreed goals as well as long-term (open-ended) for those who would like an in-depth exploration of their problems and a more stable change in their sense of self.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as an integrative psychotherapist with Regent’s University London, a highly respected, vibrant and innovative therapeutic community.
I have worked in both private and mental health charity sector for a number of years with adults and young people supporting a diverse range of clients from many differing backgrounds, sexual orientations and cultures suffering from a wide range of presenting problems.
- UKCP accredited psychotherapist and MBACP
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
- MA in Integrative Psychotherapy & Counselling, School of Psychotherapy & - Counselling, RSPP, Regent’s University London
- Exploring Psychology, Open University, Milton Keynes
- Certificate in Integrative Counselling, SPCP, Regent’s University London
- Certificate in coaching and mentoring skills, KPMG
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.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- internet sex addiction
Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £50 per session
Concessions offered for
daytime and early mornings, Monday evenings in Olney
My previous career in the corporate world gave me much insight into the high levels of stress, the challenges and expectations that many people experience in their daily working lives, the loss of equilibrium between public and private. This in turn can have a detrimental effect on their relationships, state of mind and on health in general.
I also have an interest in the difficulties facing young people in our modern society and have been supporting a local youth counselling charity for a number of years, working with young people aged 13-21 presenting with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, academic, identity, gender and sexuality issues.