About me

Sometimes it can be hard to reach out for help, to know where to start or if a therapist is right for you. I specialise in supporting people to understand complex or developmental trauma. This where in our early life, e.g. child or young adulthood, we have been exposed to or have experienced things that were scary, abusive or unhealthy, often more than once or repeatedly. This can mean lots of different things to different people but can include physical, sexual, emotional or psychological abuse. This can also at times be referred to as relational trauma, which means that often the people who were involved in these experiences were adults who were part of our family, close to us or should have been responsible for protecting us.

This can impact on us in lots of different ways, you might be feeling low, anxious or angry, struggling with relationships or wanting to make sense of things that have happened in the past. Therapy can help to start to do that. Perhaps you are adult who would like to understand some of the difficulties that you have now in the context of your childhood experiences. Or maybe someone who has children who desperately does not want to repeat your own experiences but is struggling to figure out how to break that cycle and do things differently. 

Training, qualifications & experience

My name is Dr Rose Christopher and I am a qualified Clinical Psychologist, trained at the University of Birmingham. I currently work within National and Specialist Child and Adolescent services with in the NHS. I have worked in child protection services and social care so have a good understanding of working families with complex and varied needs. In my 15 years experience in mental health care, I have worked with children, adults, older adults and staff teams to be able to champion a holistic and empathic understanding of how difficult childhood experiences shape and impact the way individual relate to the world in the here and now. I have extensive experience understanding and working with childhood trauma and how this may present in a number of ways, for example struggling to manage emotions, finding relationships hard, and difficulties processing events. I believe that the most important aspect to allow change in therapy is the relationship between client and therapist so will ensure that we have a safe and approachable relationship. I am down to earth, friendly and grounded. 

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Additional information

Pricing from £120 per hour 
I operate from West Norwood and can offer face to face sessions in this area. I can offer virtual or phone sessions as well. 

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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Dr Rose Christopher

Dr Rose Christopher