Chrissy originally came to counselling through anger management, having lived for a number of years through challenging personal issues and unsuccessful relationships as an angry person in denial.
In early 2010 she attended the British Association of Anger Management's anger management programme led by Mike Fisher finally coming to appreciate the full nature of her anger and the impact that it had on her life.
She then went on to train as an accredited facilitator of anger management programmes with Mike completing her training in November 2010. Chrissy then gained her Certificate in Counselling Skills through Life-Force, Colchester in December 2011 and qualified in working with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in October 2012. She completed her Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and Counselling Skills and Theory in January 2018, and has since completed specialised training to enable her to work online with clients who can't meet face to face.
She has recently completed the first of two years studyon a Foundation Certificate in Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity Therapy with Pink Therapy in London, having previously attended 6 days of Pink Therapy Essentials in Gender and Sexual Diversity Therapy Training in early 2017.
Chrissy adopts an integrative approach to her counselling work underpinned by a person centered, humanistic position but is able to shift to other modes depending on the clients needs. She has found that her own practice is informed through her continued self-development, her work with her clients and her research and learning.
This has led her to appreciate two key elements of counselling - the continual development and deepening of the therapeutic relationship between therapist and client within a safe and secure environment, and her ability as a therapist to accept and value the individuality and importance of her client's experiences and choices so that she can fully support her client's unique journey of self-learning and personal development.
She has a current, clean enhanced DBS certificate, has full indemnity insurance in place for both her counselling and anger management work. She is registered with the Information Commissioner's Office and holds qualifications in Organizational Data Security Fundamentals and Risk Management. She is an Accredited Registrant member of the National Counselling Society and works under their Code of Ethics. She is also a Professional Member of the Association for Counselling and Therapy Online.
She moved to Dalton-In-Furness in Cumbria in 2018 having lived in Colchester, Essex for the previous 20 years. She is 61, divorced twice, and has three children, all of of whom are grown up.
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