About Our Services
Below you can find some general information on our services. To book an appointment, please phone 01223 654 678 or email reception.
Who seeks therapy?
People use counselling and psychotherapy for many reasons. Some clients seek counselling as a treatment for clinical conditions, such as acute depression, addiction, phobias, or eating disorders, whilst others use counselling as a means to cope with life's challenges, like bereavement, work stress, separation or emotional trauma. Yet others seek counselling as a way of improving their lives and gaining greater stability and emotional well being.
What therapies and services are available?
There is a wide variety of options available for individuals, couples, families, and employers including:
Counselling & Psychotherapy
Online & Telephone Counselling
Supervision & Case Management
Training & Corporate Services
What can I expect from therapy?
Sessions and the course of therapy overall will always be tailored to the individual client's needs. This means that the content of therapy sessions can vary greatly from client to client. You might want to regard the sessions as your own time and space that can be used either to alleviate an immediate crisis or to resolve ongoing underlying issues. Either way, you do not need to arrive at your sessions with a specific agenda of what you would like to cover.
Christine has a special interest in dream analysis and art therapy and likes to use these media where they are seen to be of benefit to the client. Whether we incorporate creative materials into your therapy or not is completely up to you. Some clients go through their entire therapy without ever picking up a pen or notepad whilst others like to draw or use creative materials to help them express their thoughts and feelings.
Who needs an appointment for clinical psychology?
Clinical Psychology includes a formal psychological assessment, usually followed by treatment recommendations, which may involve further psychological therapy, such as CBT or psychotherapy. Clinical Psychology is used with a wide range of emotional or mental health issues, including depression, anxiety and panic disorders, eating disorders, post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), etc. People ask to see a Clinical Psychologist for a variety of reasons, usually if they need a formal assessment, diagnosis, or report. If you’re unsure about which type of appointment to ask for, please feel free to contact Christine directly for some further information.
What kind of issues can I talk to you about?
There really isn't an exclusive list of issues you can bring to therapy, but some of the things that we address in your sessions may include:
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (CPTSD)
Hypnotherapy & Self Hypnosis
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Post Natal Depression
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Relationship and Marriage Counselling
Systemic Family Therapy
University Life and Exams
The list really is quite endless and even though your issues might well fall into one of the above categories, you are unique and will have developed your own views on things governed by your own individual experiences.
How long will it take?
The length of therapy depends completely on the individual client. Some clients like to start therapy with a fixed number of sessions in mind, others choose to keep the ending open. In either case, ongoing therapy should always include regular review sessions where both client and therapist can determine the length of any future therapy together. Similarly, where the maximum number of sessions is restricted, for example due to limits put in place by your insurance or employer, we will make sure that you get as much benefit as possible from the sessions available. To give you as many options as possible, we offer a choice between long term, short term, and time limited counselling*. Sessions are usually 50 minutes long and in order to gain the most benefit from regular counselling, weekly therapy sessions are recommended.*Long term counselling: typically between 6 and 18 months. Short term counselling: usually 12 - 24 weeks. Time limited counselling: Where you or your employer specify a fixed number of sessions.
How much will it cost and how do I pay?
Our therapy fees for self-funded clients are £100.00 for initial assessment and subsequent appointments for individuals, £110.00 for couples and £140.00 for families or small groups. Any additional report writing that may be required is charged at the same rate. You can also find a full list of all rates here. You can pay by cash, debit or credit card. Please note that all appointments that are cancelled with less than 48 hours notice will be charged at full rate.
About the therapist:
Christine is a registered clinical psychologist, who has been in practice since 2003.
In 2005 Christine further qualified as an integrated counsellor and psychotherapist. The main theoretical backgrounds of her training were psychodynamic and person-centred. She has since gained additional professional qualifications in working with other theoretical backgrounds, too, for example in Life Coaching, Gestalt Methods, Couples Counselling, and CBT, allowing her to work in a truly integrative way and to provide the best form of therapy for each individual client. In January 2011 Christine gained further qualifications in online counselling, which is a mandatory requirement for counsellors wishing to provide therapy over the internet.
Christine has worked in general practice as well as in non-residential alcohol and drug rehabilitation clinics, both privately and within the NHS. Through this she has gained vast experience of working with both long term and brief therapy, focusing on resolutions and progress during times where clients may feel particularly stuck.
In 2012 Christine qualified as a supervisor with CASCADE. The CASCADE course is validated and is part of preparing to meet the BACP requirements for supervisory accreditation. She is now a BACP senior accredited supervisor, providing supervision for other counsellors, therapists and those in the caring and related professions. You can find more information about her supervision offer by clicking here.
Christine is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors /Psychotherapist (UKRCP), the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Online (ACTO) and a senior accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means that she works in accordance with the BACP's ethical framework. In addition to this, Christine's online work is carried out in accordance with the BACP's Guidelines for Online Counselling and Psychotherapy, as well as the Code of Ethics drawn up by the Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Online (ACTO). She is a recognised provider for Aviva, AXA PPP, BUPA, Cigna, Vitality Health and WPA.