Christopher ClowIntegrative psychotherapist
I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in clinical settings since 2001 and Private Practice since 2005. BACP Accredited in 2006, BACP Senior Accredited in 2012 and working as a Consultant and Clinical Supervisor since 2005.
I can provide counselling/psychotherapy appointments to adults, couples, families, adolescents and in some circumstances children.
To fit in with your schedules, telephone and/or Skype sessions are also possible.
I also am able to work with a Philosophy and Egan based personal coaching model.
My practice is set in private, anonymous and secure consultation rooms accessed by entry phone systems in Balham (Bedford Hill)
Please see photograph of consultation room below.
Sessions are 50-minutes in length and are usually weekly.
If you are looking for twice weekly or fortnightly sessions please let me know when you contact me. I can offer flexible appointments to fit in with your changing schedule.
During your first appointment we can discuss what brings you to counselling, what's troubling you and on your mind. Then we can discuss what you are looking for and how to develop a way of working that integrates and blends appropriate useful therapeutic approaches that best fit you.
Over the years, I have developed an Eclectic/Pluralistic approach.
In other words I am non-dogmatic to any particular way of working. We can work in response to your needs in short-term or longer-term therapy as well as personal consultation/coaching.
Today we are all living through challenging times. Perhaps by accepting, adjusting and adapting to the change will help you to steer your and your loved ones through.
Today it might feel like you and your loved ones are on a boat in the middle of the ocean... not knowing when you will next see land.... and what that land will look like.
You may be feeling down, uncertain about many things, alienated, depleted, wretched, sad or worried about something, you may be hoping to make changes in your life and behaviour.
Perhaps you are looking for answers, reasons, purpose and meaning, you may be feeling unfulfilled, unproductive, trapped or alienated from work, family and friends.
We can find the best way to navigate and cope in the 'here-and-now' and we can explore how you got there and where you are going.
You may be considering counselling for something specific such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Relationships, Bereavement and loss, self esteem and confidence, Alcohol and Addiction and you may be looking for longer term psychotherapy.
- When we keep things locked up inside.... that's where they stay.
- We often worry about things that haven't .... and may not happen.
- The way to solve problems... is to live a life in a way that makes them disappear.
- Coming to therapy can be painful and also an enlightening process of discovery.
- If you find yourself struggling in a sea of uncertainty, stay calm and discover what's dragging you down and make a choice in the the direction you swim.
- Understanding the story behind you....can help you make sense of your story today.
- Happiness isn't always about getting what you want.... It's about wanting what you get.
ORGANISATIONAL based experience:
Blenheim IDAS Battersea, Clinical Supervisor
Blenheim Community Drug Project CDP Vauxhall
Crime Reduction Initiative Hammersmith & Fulham (Alcohol Services), Clinical Supervisor
RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addictied Prisoners Trust) Programme Manager, Senior TherapistEaling Drug Intervention Service, Clinical Supervisor
KCA Foundation young peoples addiction therapy, Clinical Supervisor
Freedom Recovery Centre 12-step programme, Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre Clapham Addiction Recovery Programme, Programme Manager, Senior Therapist and Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre, Clapham, External Psychotherapist
Equinox Alcohol Service, Psychotherapist
Turning Point Addiction Services, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
TRAUMA RELATED WORK:
Safer London Foundation, Gang exit strategy, Harmful sexual Behaviour.
Missing People. Charity helping families of people who are missing. Clincal Lead telephone counselling service.
Vicitm Support London, (Trauma, Crisis, Homicide, Rape, Assault, Domestic, Homophobic Violence, Race crime, Suicide, Robbery...) Psychotherapist and Clinical SupervisorThe British Refugee Council (Imprisonment, Torture, Trauma, Rape, Displacement, Violence, Seperation Loss, Genocide, Homicide, War, 'Ethnic Cleansing'...), Clinical Supervisor
My portfolio includes developing, managing and supervising a counselling service in a charity based setting for victims of crime (2001-2014).
From 2010 to 2011, I practiced as an Honorary Therapist at the Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic within the SW London & St Georges NHS Mental health Trust.
This has given me considerable statutory and non-statutory workplace and private practice experience in working with depression, low self esteem, anger/rage, shame/guilt, bereavement/loss, trauma/crisis, and specialist experience working with domestic violence, homophobic abuse and sexual violence including male and female rape, post traumatic stress, recovery from crime, life crisis and motivation, alcohol and drug misuse, binge drinking, gambling, co-dependency sex and love addiction.
I also have 3 years experience of tutoring/lecturing and teaching trainee counsellors.
As you have found your way here, it might be safe to say you are searching for answers, something is bothering you or you are considering making some change in your life.
Perhaps you have decided it’s time to talk to someone other than a friend, family member or work colleague and to share things about yourself that you wish to be held in a professional, non-judgemental, confidential and safe manner.
Maybe you are concerned about some behaviour that’s affecting you, your friends, family or work. Perhaps you wish to get away from or find a way to adapt to a difficult situation you find yourself in.
You may be in crisis or have experienced a recent trauma, loss of a loved one or are unsure why you are feeling the way you are.
You may have memories, thoughts and feelings that are bothering you.
Perhaps you feel trapped and things are unravelling.
Dreams and poor sleep may be affecting you. You have already had therapy and wish to start up once more, are looking for something different or wish to give yourself further time to talk about your life.
Counselling and psychotherapy can help. Before you decide to go further, however, please be mindful that therapy can be challenging, and takes time and commitment. Revealing things about yourself to a stranger may be unfamiliar to you at first and it may take a while for you to settle. Or that neutral space may be just what you need.
What you can learn about yourself, how you can come to accept your experience, make changes in your perception of your world, find understanding of your thoughts, feelings, emotions and behaviour and can be deeply rewarding and profoundly life-changing.
There are no guarantees in this work and it will be up to you how far you wish to go and at what pace. We will work together in response to your needs and this can involve short-term or longer-term therapy.
It is important that you know that all our contact is treated with confidentiality as a sacred part of our engagement and when we meet for the initial appointment meeting we can discuss this further and I will answer any questions you may have.
Please call or email to dicsuss what you are looking for.
For more information you can also access my website below or at the top of the page.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
£85.00 Individual (50-minutes) Face to Face
£75.00 Skype or Telephone (During Pandemic Special Measures)
£100.00 Couples (50-minutes)
£110.00-£150.00 Families (depending on attendees and length of session)
Training and qualifications
MA Counselling & Psychotherapy (2008)
Systemic Couples & Family Therapy Level (I) & (II) (Equiv. Post Grad. Dip) (2010)
Foundation in Psychoanalysis (2009)
Dip. Counselling Supervision (2005)
Adv. Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (2003)
B.Sc (Hons) Soc. (1976)