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Why begin therapy?

When we experience emotional distress, we need someone to listen who can help us make sense of the maze we find ourselves in. There are times in our lives where a good friend and a cup of tea is exactly what we need, but there are other times when repeated themes can frustrate us and leave us feeling hopeless.

This is where therapy comes in.

Therapy offers a non-judgemental space where you can encounter the whole of yourself, all the beautiful and desirable parts, and the ugly and less desirable parts too. It is about gaining a compassionate perspective of who you are and learning to be curious about your inner world.

So… Who am I?

My name is Chris and I am an integrative counsellor offering talking therapy to people in Cardiff, Wales and online. My approach to therapy is mainly influenced by psychodynamic and relational approaches, and I incorporate body-awareness and trauma-informed practices.

My approach is less problem-focused and more exploratory; allowing space for uncovered themes and unconscious experiences to be worked through. For this reason, it is preferable to work longer-term (six months or more) with a commitment to meet at least once per week. While a shorter or time-limited arrangement is possible for relationship therapy, it is still preferable to work together for at least twelve sessions.

I have experience working with a wide range of issues, which specifically include (but are not limited to) anxiety, depression, loneliness, bereavement, relationship difficulties, emotional abuse, sexual problems and sexual abuse. I also specialise in Psychosexual Therapy, which enhances and deepens my awareness of sexual and relational difficulties, including Gender, Sexual and Relationship Diversity (GSRD) issues.

How does therapy work?

Therapy is also a two-way process where honesty and openness go both ways. In other words, as you courageously bring the whole of yourself into the room, I am fully present to your experiences and processes.

Individual Therapy – As we work together, I will listen carefully to your experiences and ask questions to help you identify themes and patterns in your life. I also pay careful attention to our relationship as this can offer insights into your relationships outside of our sessions, both in the past and in the present day.

Relationship Therapy (Couples and Groups) – Relationship therapy places greater attention on the relationship, specifically what each person contributes to the relationship while noticing the relational, intimacy and communication difficulties that arise. Relationship therapy includes any consensual combination of individuals whether married, in a long-term partnership, open relationship, throuple or anything else. Relationship counselling is also for those looking to amicably separate or divorce, also know as conscious uncoupling.

All relationship types, genders and sexual orientations are welcomed and affirmed.