My name is Christine Bailey, and I am a qualified, registered counsellor, with experience of helping people of all ages with a wide variety of issues.
We all go through difficult times, and it can be hard to talk things through with friends or family. It often helps to talk to someone who is not personally involved, someone who is skilled at listening without making judgements. Counselling allows you to explore what is happening in a confidential and safe environment, with a trained professional who will focus on you and truly listen without judging or criticising you.
People generally experience me as approachable and friendly. I understand that it can be hard to pluck up the courage to seek help, but clients usually relax very quickly as they talk about what is going on for them.
I offer a warm, relational approach to help you make sense of what is going on in your life and decide what you would like to be different, and how to set about making changes, if you choose to do so. Humanistic counselling focuses on self-awareness and personal growth; a counsellor is not there to offer advice, but to listen and to support you as you explore your own issues, to help when you can’t ‘see the wood for the trees’.
Counselling can help you to understand how what has happened in the past has influenced what happens in the present, and how to make changes to ensure that the future will be different.
My clients have presented with a very wide range of issues from general anxiety and low self-confidence to relationship difficulties, emotional eating, problems at work, life changes, and bereavement, including miscarriage.
Teenagers often come to counselling because of the pressure of school work, problems with friendship groups, eating issues, or family dynamics, and it can be especially helpful for them to talk things through with an adult who is totally apart and will really listen to them. I have worked with teenagers in school and for a youth charity.
I have a special interest in the human-companion animal bond, and offer counselling for all pet-related issues such as lost pets, when to say goodbye, and pet bereavement. The loss of a pet can be overwhelming, often made worse by the guilt at having to consent to euthanasia, and the fact that so many people do not understand the grief. It can really help to talk these feelings through in confidence with someone who really does understand.
I hold a level 5 Foundation Degree in Humanistic Counselling based on Transactional Analysis, accredited by the BACP and validated by the University of Middlesex. I also hold a BACP-endorsed Certificate in Counselling Young People. I have a current DBS certificate.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and abide by their ethical guidelines.
Who I Work With
I work one to one with adults and young people over 16.