About Christine Perry
ARE YOU FEELING THAT...
Life is getting on top of you?
Some things are difficult to deal with?
Your feelings seem unmanageable?
Are you finding it hard to maintain important relationships or to build new ones?
Are you having problems with anger, depression, anxiety and panic.....
Has something happened which you are struggling to deal with such as a stressful work situation, illness, divorce, loss of a loved one or pet.....
Sometimes and event or series of events can really rock us: "I don’t understand. I used to be a coper. Now I don’t seem to be coping with anything very well." It can affect our confidence and self esteem and make us wonder what life is about. It may affect our motivation and make us question our values and what is important to us in our life.
I offer you a safe, supportive space to explore your feelings and thoughts. My clients often say it is easier to talk to someone who is not so closely involved in their situation such as friends and family, someone who doesn’t get so involved or upset, someone who doesn’t tell them what to do. It is easier to talk to an experienced counsellor who will try to understand your concerns in a warm, non-judegemental way.
Often by talking in this way they gain new insights about themselves and their situations and can start to see more choices available to them. My clients usually leave counselling feeling better about themselves and finding they are more able to cope with life in a way that is right for them, often within 5-9 sessions.
Sometimes the issues brought to counselling may be related to past events such as childhood emotional, physical or sexual abuse, neglect, fostering, adoption or being bullied. It may be related to previous difficult or abusive relationships. Counselling can help you review more deep-seated issues which can bring about the healing of old hurts. This also gives the opportunity to become more aware of old patterns of behaviour and negative habits, allowing you to start to change them. This may be possible in shorter term work 5-9 sessions but may need longer term work. I can work with whatever is appropriate for you and work at your pace.
There are many reasons couples come for counselling. Relationship stages such as living together, having children or empty nest can cause issues between you. You may be experiencing difficulty with money issues, parenting or having sexual problems.
Are you finding talking difficult without arguments, resentments and anger getting in the way or maybe there has been a betrayal of trust? I listen to what both of you have to say and help you find a way forward with new skills. I will help you to acknowledge and cope with differences and changes.
Please contact me if you think the time is right for a new approach on 07771 731990
My training, work experience and any achievement
In 1990-1993 I led Parenting programmes. In 1993 I started counselling training. In 1994 I started a 2 year Diploma in Humanistic/Gestalt Counselling. Gestalt therapy is about assisting the client to become more aware of themselves, their feelings and behaviours in a supportive relationship and recognises that change will happen as a result of this. We trust the client to get to where they need to get to that is right for them, rather than the therapist being the expert and telling the client what to do. We can also work creatively in various ways. I now teach this approach to trainee counsellors.
Alongside my practice I have trained in other approaches all of which enable me to choose what is appropriate for the individual client. One of these is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy. CBT as it is known works with our thoughts and behaviours which may be having a detrimental effect on us. If we can change our thoughts and behaviours we generally improve how we feel.
Some examples of shorter courses which are part of my ongoing professional development
Brief solution focussed therapy
Emotion regulation treatment
Working with shame in depression
Post traumatic stress disorder
Loss and bereavement
Cognitive behaviour therapy with depression and anxiety
Responding to anger
Psychotherapy and Neuroscience
Teaching clients mindfulness skills
Counselling is a well-evidenced form of treatment in the NHS for psychological problems. I have worked for 17 years in the NHS counselling in G.P. surgeries with a wide range of issues. I have experience in Occupational Health where I worked with work related stress, health issues, bullying and formal proceedings. I work in a college of Further Education with teenagers again with a wide range of issues including self-harm, eating disorders, body image, self esteem and relationship issues. Here I work also with students with disabilities and learning difficulties. I work in private practice with individuals and couples.
Certificate of Education, teaching qualification
Diploma in Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Supervision
Certificate in Couples therapy
Certificate as NLP Practitioner
Parenting Group Co-ordinator
I am an Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Neuro-linguistic Programming (NLP)
Other concerns & issues I deal with
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
- Life Coaching
- Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT): £40/session
- Counselling: £40/session
- NLP: £40/session
- Life Coaching: £40/session
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