Christopher Hawkins | Accredited Counsellor | Exmouth | NCS

Christopher Hawkins

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS18-06886

Location: Exmouth

I am currently working in Private practice but have spent the last 23 years working as a Clinical Lead; Workplace counsellor and Supervisor in EAP and NHS settings.
I qualified in 2007 on gaining my HND in counselling and skilled in working with mental health conditions like stress, anxiety and depression. I can support those struggling with low self esteem, confidence, anger and work related stress. I am also very experienced at working with bullying and harassment programmes and delivering trauma support offering short-term solution focussed support as well as Mindfulness, Management Coaching and Clinical Supervision.

I can offer an integrative, short-term, solution-focussed approach which utilises many differing theories of counselling including CBT tools and techniques, underpinned by Person-centred theory. I can also work longer term to support your needs if clinically necessary to help you overcome the current challenges in your life.

I also work for the cancer charity We Hear You (WHY) in Frome as strongly believe no one should have to cope with the emotional impact of a life-threatening diagnosis alone.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is a talking based therapy which is recommended by the National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) to help treat symptoms of stress, anxiety, depression and other emotional, mental and physical
health issues.

CBT helps us to understand the origins of our problems with the main focus on learning ways to more effectively manage our thoughts, feelings and behaviours in the present. Sometimes our thinking can get stuck in unhelpful vicious cycles and through working together we can establish new skills and strategies to help you make positive and lasting change.

I will always work to provide a safe and warm environment through offering a confidential, professional, non-judgemental relationship, where you can expect to be listened to and understood to help foster new awareness and understanding and support the learning of new coping strategies.

Ethical Practice
I am an accredited member of the BACP as well as the NCS so accountable to their standards, code of practice, ethical guidelines and Professional Conduct Procedure.

I'm committed to continually updating my counselling skills and knowledge through continuous professional development (CPD) and attend monthly professional supervision in accordance with BACP & NCS guidelines.

I am based in the Exmouth area of Devon which is quite close to the city centre and can currently offer appointments Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
I can offer you the flexibility of Face to face support in a COVID safe environment, telephone counselling or online counselling through the use of Teams, Skype or Facetime to help meet your needs in accessing support.

Next steps
Even if you are unsure if I am the right counsellor for you, please still contact me so we can talk through your concerns and allow me to answer any questions you might have. I am always happy to answer your questions to help you decide if counselling is right for you. If you wish to continue we can contract for the work we will do together, set a counselling goal and agree appointment times.
On the other hand I can look to signpost you to more appropriate support to help specifically meet your particular needs if you decide otherwise.

I always evaluate my counselling support so you will be able to see any clinical change experienced through our work together. We will review our work together on a regular basis to make sure our relationship is working for you and we are on track to achieve your counselling goals. I always encourage client feedback so I can make any necessary improvements to my support to be able continue to offer the best service.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Training and Qualifications
    I hold the following qualifications:-
    • Higher Diploma in Counselling support.
    • Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - Distinction.
    • D32, D33 & D34 Training Assessor and Internal Verifier Awards
    • Accredited Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision - Distinction

    I am a qualified clinical Supervisor offering affordable supervision to qualified and student counsellors particularly those working in an organisational context. I can also offer facilitation of group Consultative Support.
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Depression
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • IBS / Digestive Issues
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Stress
    • Trauma
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