First Meeting

I like to meet with you to understand your concerns and needs about your current issues and any past issues that still may be affecting you. We look at how you would like to be coping differently with them and if I think I can help you. I will help you clarify your thoughts and feelings about the difficulties you are experiencing. Together we will work to enable you to find a way forward and to enhance your sense of well-being.

My Approaches

I was a teacher of young children and studied child development. Having worked with young children I was aware of how our early experiences impact on us and later decided I wanted to work with adults to help them with the effects of their earlier lives. In 1993 I started counselling training and completed 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 an expert and telling the client what to do. We can also work creatively in various ways. I have taught 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.

Further Training

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
  • Social phobia
  • Sexual abuse
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy with depression and anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Responding to anger
  • Psychotherapy and Neuroscience
  • Mindfulness training and teaching clients mindfulness skills
Therpaies Offered
  • Humanistic Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Integrative Therapy
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
  • Mindfulness
My Qualifications and Experience

Counselling is a well evidenced form of treatment in the NHS for psychological problems. I have worked for 22 years in the NHS counselling in G.P. surgeries with a wide range of issues. I have experience in Occupational Health where I have worked with work related issues such as work related stress, health issues, bullying and formal proceedings. I worked 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. I work in private practice with adults.

I hold a Diploma in Counselling, a Certificate in Counselling Supervision, a Certificate in Couples Counselling and an NLP Practioner Certificate. I have a teaching qualification and taught on a Diploma of Higher Education in Counselling. I supervise other counsellors.

I am Accredited with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.  This means that I trained for 3 years, then practiced for a further 3 years to become Accredited with the BACP. My work is supervised and I abide by the BACP Ethical guidelines.

If you think I may be someone you would like to work with please give me a call on 07771 731990 or email me at: christine@counselling-poole.co.uk

 

I have experience in a wide area of issues...


Christine Perry
Accredited Counsellor