Christina Dawson

Christina Dawson


Registered Member MBACP (Accredited)

Contact information

Phone number
07932 549434

Contact Christina

Therapist - Leeds

Leeds LS16
07932 549434
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Wheelchair accessible office
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I will be on holiday until 20th September 2021.

Covid-19 Whilst working from home I can be more flexible, please enquire. I usually work Monday -Thursday mornings  until 2pm approx and Wednesday evening.  I don't work weekends.

About me and my therapy practice

Covid-19

I am now working from home via  Zoom, WhatsApp and telephone. We are all living through a very difficult time at present and a lot of people are experiencing anxiety, possibly for the first time. Deciding which therapist and approach is right for you can seem a daunting task, especially when you might be feeling stressed, anxious or  vulnerable. I am an accredited and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and a Relate qualified counsellor with over 29 years experience. 

My Approach

I'm a Relational Counsellor which means that I believe our therapeutic relationship is an essential part of achieving what you want from your therapy. My clients say I am 'very  easy to talk to' and have a 'kind, listening ear'. When you are ready we can explore what you want to discuss. It might include exploring ways in which you relate to partners, family , friends ,colleagues and yourself both now and in the past.

 My Relational Approach integrates aspects of Psychodynamic and Imago Therapy, (looking at past experiences to help us understand present behaviour and feelings), and Mindfulness, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Family Systems and Transactional Analysis (TA).

In addition to general counselling I also offer a service for adults, including couples, on the autistic spectrum as well as those with ADHD. I trained with Aspire Training. I attend a monthly CPD (continuing professional development) workshop to continue to learn and augment my skills and knowledge in counselling for neurodiversity. My supervisor is also a specialist in this area of counselling.



Practice description

I usually work from the Tower Clinic in Cookridge, Leeds 16 which offers secure and comfortable counselling rooms with a receptionist, waiting room and off road parking.

My first session

What happens in the sessions?

I am happy to talk with you about how I work and answer questions before you decide to book a first session. Some clients like to try Zoom or WhatsApp with me to see if they feel comfortable with it.

Counselling offers you the opportunity to explore and understand the source of your difficulties at your own pace, with time to think and reflect. Counselling involves exploring, understanding and deciding what, if anything, to do about a particular issue. Counselling helps you to look at aspects of your life, relationships and yourself which you may not have been aware of, or been able to face before.

First sessions focus on exploring the difficulties you are bringing. Sometimes hearing yourself telling your story to an attentive listener, who asks questions to gain a deeper understanding, can be very helpful. People describe a sense of relief and of feeling a 'weight has been lifted' when they can speak of matters they may have been keeping to themselves for a long time. We can discuss what your needs are and what you want to gain from counselling. We can decide if we want to work together and make a counselling agreement.



What I can help with

ADD / ADHD, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum / Aspergers syndrome, Bereavement, Child related issues, Cultural issues, Depression, Health related issues, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Personal development, Pregnancy related issues, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Couples, EAP, Older adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited