I am passionate about working with people who are struggling with what life has thrown at them; using therapy to explore what might be preventing them reaching their full potential and how they can make beneficial changes.

Christine’s approach to counselling

I am approachable and empathic, and offer a safe space where we can explore what is going on for you, and your options for change, in complete confidence. I have a very broad range of counselling experience, having worked extensively with people with all kinds of issues, from relationship and workplace problems to past traumatic experience.  As well as my private Basingstoke therapy practice, I worked for many years with both adults and young people for a local charity and have also worked with sixth-formers in school. The idea of psychological therapy may be daunting, not to say frightening, but there is no reason for it to be. It’s basically a collective term for safe, proven methods to enhance mental wellbeing.

EMDR

EMDR stands for Eye Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing. It’s a treatment developed in the 1980s by an American psychologist, Francine Shapiro. It works on the principle that traumatic memories can remain unprocessed, causing distress in the here and now. Rapid eye movements, or another type of bi-lateral stimulation, are used to process these memories, replicating what happens naturally during REM sleep. EMDR is best known for the treatment of PTSD, but is effective at treating the ongoing effects of any sort of adverse life event. More information can be found at https://emdr-europe.org/about/what-is-emdr/

My course included two years of personal therapy – I know what it’s like to sit in the client’s chair!

QUALIFICATIONS

  • FdA Humanistic Counselling, based on Transactional Analysis
  • BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) endorsed Certificate in Counselling Young People
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • EMDR training parts 1, 2 and 3, accredited by EMDR Europe

I hold an enhanced DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service check) and have up-to-date safeguarding children training.

I have regular clinical supervision, to ensure I am working to the high standards the BACP requires of its counsellors and therapists.

You can read more about the benefits of therapy, and transactional analysis therapy in particular in the Features section here.