Cristina Odigie-Bulnes, Psychotherapist, MA, UKCP Reg.
With a passion for helping children, young people and adults make sense of things and increase their personal resilience, I aim to empower clients so that they can shift feelings, thoughts and behaviours that have become hard to manage and understand.
The core aim of psychotherapy is to help young and adult clients feel more integrated and, as a result, feel more secure and better about themselves, their abilities and relationships.
My assessment and therapeutic work with children and adolescents involves identifying needs and difficulties rather than making mental health or neurodevelopmental diagnoses. I then suggest therapeutic and support plans (which may include parents/carers sessions to support reflective thinking and understanding around child development and brain neurobiology), or I signpost to more appropriate services if needed.
I also work with adult clients to support them with problems around attachment and relationship concerns; shame; loss and bereavement; BAME individuals and the impact of racism; repetitive intrusive thoughts; anxiety; discrimination; low mood and depression; life changes; self-esteem; and childhood trauma.
My specialist child and adolescent psychotherapy training, experience and skills enable me to effectively support adults who are experiencing the negative effects of childhood difficulties or trauma, offering them a containing, confidential and non-judgemental space where they can process and make sense of things. In this environment clients can explore their early experiences and take a view on how these might have impacted on their development and personality, their physical health, and their relational, emotional and thinking patterns.
In order to adapt the support I give to my clients, as an integrative psychotherapist I use a variety of psychotherapy theories/approaches and creative interventions to match developmental and individual needs.
If you would like to talk with me to discuss concerns and needs about yourself or about a young person or child in your care, you can contact me via a phone call or email. I know that it can be hard to make this first call so if I am unable to pick up your call, you can text me or leave a voice message with your name and contact details, and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
You can learn more about my work on www.lincolnchildtherapy.com
Following guidance from my professional body UKCP and the UK Government I adhere to recommended cleaning, sanitisation and hygiene measures and social distancing measures as well as implement guidelines for clients to self-assess before their face-to-face appointments. Creative Play for younger clients is encouraged in sessions yet managed in specific ways.
As some adults and families will prefer to access online therapy in the coming months till there is a vaccine or till there are other developments online therapy remains available for clients and families.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Masters in Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy (Terapia and Middlesex University, London)
- Certificate in the Foundations of Counselling and Psychotherapy (CCPE, London)
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma (Lindum College, Lincoln)
- Graduate Certificate in Psychology (London Metropolitan University, London)
- Certificate in Assessment and Treatment of Dissociation in Children and Adolescents (BICTD in association with ESTD-UK and First Person Plural)
- Trained to use EMDR Therapy in my practice (training with EMDR Academy)
- Registration with UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)
- Psychological Therapist Membership with BAATN (The Black, African and Asian Therapy Network)
- Member of EMDR Association UK
- Enhanced DBS Check
I have worked therapeutically with children, young people and adults and supported parents and carers for more than nine years in London, Nottingham, Barnsley and Lincoln.
Furthermore I have worked extensively for many years in primary and secondary schools (mainstream, community schools, and SEMH schools) as an independent psychotherapist and consultant supporting children and young people (including Looked After Children) and school staff.
The above experiences coupled with highly diverse personal experiences enable me to keep open-minded and adaptable in order to work cross-culturally with clients and families of all backgrounds.
I combine my private practice work in Lincoln (children/youth/adults; families) with specialist training and consultation services for a variety of settings.
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.
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
* Single or First Consultation Sessions (adults; parents/carers) - £65 for a 60-minute session
* Psychotherapy Sessions (young clients; adult clients) - £55 for a 50-minute session
* Young adult students paying for their own therapy - £45 for a 50-minute session
* Parents/Carers Review Sessions - £68 for a 60-minute session
* EMDR Child and Adolescent Therapy Sessions - £55 for a 50-minute session; EMDR Therapy sessions with vulnerable children and adolescents with complex needs usually need to be longer in time so a pro-rata fee will apply.
* Please note that adoption-related referrals (i.e. commissioned by an Ofsted registered agency or organisation) and Local Authority referrals have different rates.