Christine SzpytmaIntegrative counsellor
You may be feeling anxious, low, worried or stuck. Sometimes these feelings can feel too much to cope with on your own. Things can feel overwhelming and you can get stuck, not knowing how to make things better.
As a qualified and experienced integrative counsellor, I can help you manage distressing emotions and negative thoughts. I can help you discover what is going on and how to improve things. I am an empathetic, professional and effective counsellor. My clients report that I am warm, insightful, and down to earth.
I work online or over the telephone to provide you support.
Contact me and we can have a 10 minute chat (free) to see how I can help you.
Who I Work With
I work with a very diverse range of people. (from a wide range of backgrounds, culture, ethnicity, and sexuality). A substantial number of my clients are in their twenties and thirties, seeking help to navigate their life choices. I can assure you that I will respect your individuality and difference.
Whilst I work with clients on a very wide range of issues, I do particularly specialise in working with clients facing anxiety. Some of my clients suffer anxiety about particular issues or triggers, and many are living with a more chronic generalised anxiety disorder, when they come to see me. I help them with immediate strategies on how to manage the anxiety and then work with them to relieve the deeper issues causing their anxiety. My clients start to manage their unpleasant anxiety symptoms in the short term whilst we work to reduce their level of anxiety longer term.
I offer a compassionate and non judgemental service where you will have the space and time that you need for yourself. I'll work with you to build up trust and rapport between us, so that you can feel comfortable in exploring what is painful for you. We will go at your pace, but I'll also gently challenge you to help you learn more about yourself. I’ll tailor my counselling approach to your needs, whether that is using techniques to counter negative thoughts or patterns of behaviour (such as CBT), or a deeper psycho-dynamic exploration of the difficulties you are facing. Our focus will be to improve your quality of life, in the areas that you bring to counselling.
I have successfully worked with clients on issues of depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, bereavement, relationship difficulties, infertility, trauma, addiction, work problems, sexuality and identity, culture, and discrimination.
Prior to qualifying and working as a counsellor, I worked as a manager in large organisations, I gained a good understanding of workplace issues that can have a negative effect, such as work/life balance, stress, bullying, restructures and redundancies.
I know that finding a counsellor can be daunting. I want to reassure you that I appreciate this and I will do all I can, to make it feel less so. Please do contact me to find out more.
"The progress I have made with Christine's support has been phenomenal. I turned to Christine when I was in an incredibly dark place, suffering from really high anxiety and feeling crippled by depression, which was taking a huge toll on me personally and professionally. Christine's approach is truly wonderful - she used just the right blend of empathy, compassion, encouragement and 'tough love' (aka challenge!). I would encourage anyone who is seeking counselling to work through the issues they are facing to do so with Christine. I wouldn't be the person I am today (confident, calm, happy and optimistic) without her patient and attentive support. She is simply brilliant and inspiring." J
"My sessions with Christine have been life changing. During our time together, I came to realise I have many layers of self-doubt and self-esteem which needed unravelling and healing. She helped me focus on myself and rediscover my inner voice again, and now after 6 months and what's been one of the most challenging times of my life, I am ending the year with a new found confidence and pathway to a much brighter and grounding future. Thank you, Christine!" E
"Christine took our situation seriously and with the right combination of compassion and distance. I was always grateful for her clear and sharp observations. I would recommend her unreservedly to any couple needing someone fair, caring, and plain-speaking to help them navigate their relationship." C
OnlineI also provide my services online.
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I offer a reduced fee of £30 for our first session, where we can assess what you would like from our counselling work together. I then charge £60 to £70 for subsequent 50 minute sessions.
Couples £40 first session, then £90 thereafter.
I offer a limited number of concessions, for those on low income, at £30 per session, weekday daytimes only.