How Counselling can help
People seek counselling for many reasons, but normally because they are feeling bad about something which is causing distress and feel stuck and unable to find answers within themselves.
Counselling offers a place to be heard and understood, without feeling judged or criticised and can be the first step towards change and a more positive future.
If counselling is something you are considering, please read on to find out how I might help you and contact me with any questions.
I am a qualified counsellor providing counselling for adults, young people and couples in Old Coulsdon.
My aim is to provide a safe, confidential space from which to help you explore issues which may be troubling you and help you to move forward in a more positive way.
I offer both daytime and evening appointments and work in a pleasant location in Old Coulsdon. There is easy parking and conveniently situated for bus routes serving Purley, Croydon, Caterham and the surrounding areas.
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.
Supervisor for both trainee and qualified Counsellors
Having worked as a Supervisor for over 20 years before I became a Counsellor, I now offer supervision to both trainee and qualified Counsellors on an individual or group basis.
My aim is to offer Supervisees a warm and supportive space from which to explore their clinical work at a deeper level and to help develop their counselling skills.
My qualifications, and experience
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
Diploma in Individual & Group Supervision for Counsellors, Psychotherapists & those in related professions.
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 been a Counsellor since 2004. I currently work in private practice, seeing adults and young people individually and couples.
I also work for an agency in Croydon, which provides counselling for a diverse client group with a wide range of issues.
I have been working as a Supervisor since 2014 and work with Supervisees on an individual basis and in groups. I currently work with them in private practice and at an agency in Addiscombe.
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.
I supervised the staff Counsellors at Croydon University Hospital on a weekly basis.
for individuals and couples
I offer an initial hour’s session for £40 for individuals with follow-up 50 minute, weekly sessions costing £45 – £50. (The latter being for evening appointments after 6.00pm)
Couples are offered an initial 1 hour’s session for £60. As 1 hour for couples isn’t often long enough, the timing and cost of future sessions can vary and be adjusted accordingly.
I offer some reduced fees for clients on low income or students.
Supervision: Individual supervision is £50 for 1 hour and £70 for 1 ½ hours.
Group supervision: Depending on how many and the length of session, the fee can be discussed and agreed.