Chris GaylonIntegrative psychotherapist
Overwhelmed or struggling to cope with anxiety and depression around relationship difficulties or work stress? I can help. I have spent more than 12+ years working with people and carers when their lives have become unmanageable.
We are all relational people
Life is about relationships – with ourselves and others (either at home or work), or with our past, current, and future experiences. Relationships can be nurturing and rewarding.
Sometimes life events, such as separation and divorce, workplace stress, or job loss, can be difficult to successfully handle alone. We may disconnect to avoid a situation or turn to alcohol and other addictions when we feel hurt or betrayed in our relationships.
I am an experienced integrative counselling psychotherapist and relationship well‑being coach. I can work with you to help find a way through.
How can I help?
I work face-to-face with adults, like you, who are ready to embrace change in their lives, or who are currently experiencing anxiety or worry with life’s challenges.
I am currently supporting clients via online (Zoom and Skype) and telephone counselling.
I focus on the practicalities and the emotional side of behaviours in all aspects of relating.
How I work
My key purpose is to facilitate, encourage and support your self-examination and self-reflection within The Caring Conditions. This often allows individuals to understand how the past can influence their current feelings and behaviours.
Your choice and the counselling process
If you choose to work with me, our weekly sessions will be held in a safe and confidential place. The Caring Conditions means you will be empathetically heard and understood, and I will support you in gaining new perspectives, greater insight, and self-awareness. You will then have a greater understanding of the way you connect in relationships.
At your pace, and by trusting the process, we can explore any unresolved conflicts or previous traumas and their consequences. I encourage the genuine expression and validation of painful feelings which you might have unsuccessfully been trying to solve, ignore or avoid through destructive behaviours for some time. Together we can create a space for growth, assisting you to make new and positive nourishing choices and giving you back greater control of daily life.
As an integrative psychotherapist and relationship well‑being coach, I draw on several different therapeutic approaches, finding the best combination which works for you.
What to expect from our first meeting
The decision to start counselling is an important one and requires your commitment and consistency. Our first session is a time to ask any questions and an opportunity to talk openly about what brings you to therapy. It is also an opportunity to see if working with me will be helpful and how we can work together. During this session, I will clarify practicalities such as the time of sessions and fees.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
Types of therapy
Short-term and long-term therapy and coaching is available
Sessions take 50 minutes and are charged as follows:
· Individuals £70
· Couples £90
I require at least 48 hours’ notice should you need to cancel an appointment.
I offer a limited number of concessionary sessions at a reduced daytime rate of £45 for those on low income or students.
Training and qualifications
Training and qualifications
· BTEC Professional Diploma
· NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
· BTEC HNC Graphic Design
· NCFE Diploma in Sports Psychology
· B Ed (Hons)
· Management of Stimulants
· New Psychoactive Substances Training
· Abuse, Trauma, and Attachment
· Couples Therapy
· Mindfulness Training
· Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD (PODS)
· Motivational Interviewing Training
· Post Traumatic Growth and Addiction. Prodependence in Relationships.
· Alcohol Concern Family Training
· Working with Clients with Co-morbid Substance Misuse and Mental Health Issues
· Sex Addiction and Couples
· 12 Steps and Sex Addiction
· Understanding Co-dependency
· Understanding and Recognising Sex Addiction, Working with Sex Addiction, Training in Trauma, Sex and Love Addiction. Pornography use.
· Understanding the Assessment, Treatment, and Diagnosis of Sex Addiction (Hypersexual Disorders) in the Digital Age
· Cruise Control: The Assessment and Treatment of Gay Male Sex Addicts
· Working with Anxiety in the Counselling Relationship
In addition to my private practice, I have previously volunteered for the Addiction Support and Care Agency (ASCA) Counselling Service, Kingston, for those suffering from alcoholism, substance misuse, and behavioural addictions, and people who are caring for, or coming to terms with, somebody else's drug or alcohol abuse. I have also worked with people attending Catalyst Drug & Alcohol Services.
I have previously worked as a 1-2-1 wellness coach at a Elmbridge mental health charity, Wellness with a Goal (WWAG), which bases its services on six pillars of well‑being: people, movement, mindfulness, giving, learning, and flow.
I have worked with people around issues such as:
· Anxiety and depression
· Job loss, stress, and redundancy
· Relationship issues, including many forms of abuse and domestic violence, separation, and divorce
· Being a carer
Member of the BACP and Addiction Professionals
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and the Addiction Professionals ( previously FDAP). I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework and the AP Code of Practice.