A few words about me
Let me introduce myself
My name is Chris and I work with both individual clients and couples, providing both short-term and open-ended therapy. I understand the importance of recognising how needs will vary in each of us, due to our individual responses to life and relationships.
I believe it is our early experiences which have an impact on our present lives and relationships. By helping clients’ self awareness through linking the past and present, we can work towards contemplating change.
I have extensive experience working with clients of all ages, cultures and sexuality. I have worked for agencies providing counselling to vulnerable adults, including carers. I have also counselled children and adolescents in both primary and secondary schools.
I have particular interest in working with young people, as I believe adolescents endure many daily pressures through this most difficult and challenging period in their lives. I recognise there can be many pressures within relationships with parents/family/friends, with school and exams, bullying, addictions etc. Having someone outside of family and friends to talk to about concerns in a safe, confidential place without fear of exposure or judgement, can prove really beneficial and provide a valuable space from which to explore problems.
My qualifications, and experience
during my time as a councellor
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and subscribe to their ethical framework.
UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist.
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Advanced Diploma in Counselling Couples
Diploma in Working with Adolescents
Certificate in CBT
Certificate in Time Limited Counselling
I continue to attend CPD workshops and trainings on a regular basis on a variety of topics.
I have 10 years experience as a counsellor. I currently work in private practice, seeing individuals, children, young people and couples.
I also worked for an agency in Croydon, which provides counselling for a diverse client group with a wide range of issues.
My previous experience is as follows
In addition to my current work, I have worked for Rethink and Croydon Carers Contact. The clientele were mainly carers of family members or close friends with mental health or physical disabilities.
I have also worked with children and adolescents in both primary and senior school settings.
I have a current CRB check.
I have Professional Indemnity Insurance for counselling work.
for individuals and couples
I offer an initial hour’s session for £40 for individuals with follow-up 50 minute, weekly sessions costing £40 – £45. (The latter being for evening appointments after 6.00pm)
Couples are initially offered a 1 hour session for £60. 1 hour for couples often isn’t long enough, so future sessions can vary in time and will cost from £60 – £75.
I offer some reduced fees for clients on low income or students.