British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy define counselling and psychotherapy as: ‘umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’ For more information click here.
In counselling and psychotherapy people come to work through their concerns with such things as:
As a relational integrative counsellor and psychotherapist, Christian is concerned with being open-minded and offering an understanding space in which to explore sensitive and private matters in a delicate manner. He adapts his style of working to the needs of the individual in an environment that is safe, supportive and non-judgemental. Together, you and Christian would explore your experiences and feelings, concentrating on what you consider most important. Integrative therapy is designed to have a flexible approach which enables the counsellor to closely follow your unique way of experiencing the world, adapt to your personal way of being and the different types of issues you might bring to counselling. Working closely along side you, Christian's aim would be to help you make sense of your issues and/or to explore ways of approaching them in a potentially different way to enable you to either find solutions to problems or new perspectives on life. He also focuses on empowering you to identify and build upon your existing strengths or develop new strengths to help you work through your current and future challenges. Integrative therapy also makes use of Mindfulness CBT which allows you to become more aware and in control of your thoughts and feelings. Christian offers short term counselling in Newport or longer term psychotherapy in Newport. He is a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adheres to their code of ethics and complaints procedure.
Christian has received training in online counselling and can provide support via live text based or webcam facility. The online platform he works on has been confirmed as having all the necessary security and encryption features to ensure the communication remains secure and confidential.
Please complete the form on the contact page to request further details.
Counselling is provided in a private soundproofed room. Everything you say will be treated with the upmost confidentiality. The only time that confidentiality may be broken is if you or another person are at serious risk of significant harm. Disclosures are usually made with your consent only. However, please be aware that by law, counsellors have a mandatory duty to disclose information regarding terrorism.
Counselling sessions last for 50 minutes. It is unusual to extend beyond this time, although in exceptional circumstances an extended session can be negotiated.
At certain times during the year, appointments can involve a few weeks wait. At other times, appointments can be offered in the same week of making first contact. However, if you are in crisis and in need of urgent support please contact your GP, emergency services (999) or the most appropriate helpline listed on the resource page.
While counselling is best approached in a consistent way by attending weekly appointments, other demands can sometimes take priority. Therefore, if you are able to provide 72 hours notice, no fee will be charged. It may also be possible to rearrange the appointment for another day in the same week without any charge. However, if you miss an appointment without giving notice, the full session fee will need to be paid.
This will depend on your particular issue and how much you are able to engage in the counselling process. Short term counselling can last anything from a few sessions up to approximately 12 sessions. This tends to be for a particular individual issue.
Long term counselling can last over a year and potentially deal with multiple issues where the counsellor will explore and unearth unconscious dynamics. This may involve exploring challenging childhood experiences, or significant traumas that occur in either childhood or adult life.
However, your autonomy in the process is paramount and you can choose to end at any point.
While counselling is approached in a respectful way with the best interests of the client as paramount, sometimes things can go wrong. If you feel you are able to approach the counsellor with your concern, it may be possible to work this through to a successful conclusion. However if you still feel unsatisfied you can contact the BACP and make an official complaint. See the BACP's procedure here.
Sessions last 50 minutes
Sessions last 50 minutes