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 experienced rather than making mental health or neurodevelopmental diagnoses. I then suggest therapeutic and support plans (which can include parents/carers sessions to do some reflective thinking and/or make sense of child development and the neurobiology of the human brain), or signpost to more appropriate services if needed.
Short-term consultation services for parents and carers are also available.
I also work with adult clients. My specialist child 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.
So in particular I work with individuals who feel ready to 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, affective and cognitive/thinking patterns.
In order to adapt the support I give to my clients, as an integrative psychotherapist I use a variety of psychotherapy theories and creative interventions that match developmental and individual needs. This helps clients to explore their issues in a way that feels safe and non-threatening.
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 on my mobile or via 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.
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)
* Registration with UKCP - the UK's leading professional body for the education, training and accreditation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors.
* Enhanced DBS Check
* Trained to use EMDR Therapy in my practice (EMDR Academy)
* Member of EMDR Association UK & Ireland
I have worked therapeutically with children, young people and adults for more than eight years in London, Nottingham, Lincoln and Barnsley. This includes years delivering therapeutic support to parents and carers around parenting, child development, attachment, special needs and mental health in a Family Intervention Service in London, and two years working as a child psychotherapist in a Barnsley charity that provided a range of excellent services for young and adult survivors of sexual abuse/violence and their relatives and close ones.
Furthermore in the last eight years I have worked extensively 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.
Extensive private practice work with families and individuals from a variety of backgrounds, needs and life experiences keeps me open-minded and understanding.
I combine my private practice work in Lincoln (children/youth/adults; families) with specialist training and consultation services for a variety of settings.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
* 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
* 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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Types of client