Christine Bonsmann, Counsellor, BACP Accredited, UKCP Accredited, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
It’s all very well for people to tell you to ‘snap out of it’ or ‘pull yourself together, but that assumes you are able to. It’s so important to respect others and to try and help them to understand themselves and not to try and ‘fix’ them or give them advice. Real and lasting change comes when we understand ourselves and the choices that we make. Counselling can help you to do this. To become who you want to be.
Prior to training as a Counsellor I worked as a Financial Controller in the City. I worked long hours trying to meet deadlines, managing a diverse department and dealing with the stresses of corporate life. I have always had an interest in counselling and psychotherapy and, following some major life changes, I decided to train to become a Counsellor. It was like coming home.
I have undertaken therapy as part of my training at Keele University, Staffordshire and I remember how difficult I found this and how anxious I felt about making that first call. I was lucky. I found a therapist who understood and respected me. The experience changed my life. Completely. This experience has informed my practice and I try to create a safe place for you to talk about your concerns and worries.
Following my Counsellor training, I have undertaken further training in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) skills which I will use if you think this approach may help you. For more information please read my article different approaches to psychological therapy. I have undertaken specialist certified training in couples counselling. I have also undergone specialist training in working with trauma. In addition, I have trained in other evidence-based therapies, for example psychodynamic interpersonal training.
I will work with you to create an individual therapy experience which fits for you. I will draw on my training and experience to find a way of working which fits with your preferences. My counselling practice is based in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire. I find my work as a Counsellor very rewarding.
I have worked in various clinical settings in the NHS in Cheshire and Staffordshire, including GP surgeries, and in various agencies in the voluntary sector, for example in addiction and eating disorder clinics as well as in agencies which help people suffering from common mental health problems such as depression and anxiety, for example North Staffs Mind in Stoke-on-Trent. In addition, I have helped to set up new counselling services within the NHS in Staffordshire.
I am experienced in working with a range of presenting problems including relationship problems, work stress, anxiety and depression, eating disorders, social anxiety and bereavement. I work with adults over 18 years old and couples. I am experienced in coaching and mentoring other professionals to develop their potential.
- Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Chester)
- MSc in Counselling Psychology (Distinction) (Keele University, Staffordshire)
- Master of Professional Practice (Health and Social Care) (Distinction) (Manchester Metropolitan University)
- MBA (University of Strathclyde)
- PG Diploma in Counselling Psychology (Keele University, Staffordshire)
- Advanced Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Skills and Studies (University of Derby)
- PG Certificate in Advanced Practice Interventions for Mental Health (CBT Interventions) (University of Manchester)
- Certificate in Counselling (Keele University, Staffordshire)
- Certificate in Supervision (Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) Part 1 (EMDR Europe)
- Post Diploma Certificate in Person Centred Couples Counselling (Counselling Works)
- Cognitive Processing Therapy for PTSD (Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)
- Psychodynamic Interpersonal Therapy Training (University of Manchester)
- Transactional Analysis 101 Training (The Affinity Centre, Wilmslow)
- Life Coaching Diploma (Distinction) (The International Alliance of Holistic Therapists)
I have successfully completed a Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy in order to further inform my practice as a Counsellor. This has helped me to keep up to date with the latest research and thinking in counselling and psychotherapy.
My research interests are concerned with how clients experience therapy and I believe that listening to clients’ views is crucial for the development of the counselling profession. I have presented my research at a number of conferences, including the BACP Annual Research Conferences, London, 2010 and Chester, 2017 as well as The Research Institute for Health and Social Change Annual Conference, Manchester, 2011. I am interested in making a contribution to my profession through my writing and have had my research published in peer-reviewed journals.
I am an Accredited Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I am also a Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the BPS Division of Counselling Psychology. In addition I am a founding member of the BACP Coaching Division.
- Presentation of research, BACP Annual Research Conference, Chester, 2017
- Presentation of research, University of Chester, 2016
- Presentation of research, Research Institute for Health & Social Change, Manchester, 2011
- Presentation of research, BACP Annual Research Conference, London, 2010
- Presentation of Symposium, BACP Annual Research Conference, London, 2010
- Presentation of research, Postgraduate Conference, University of Salford, 2010
- Presentation of research, University of Keele, 2008, 2010
- Original Research published in Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2018
- Original Research published in Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 2017
- Original research published in Counselling Psychology Review, December 2010
- Co-authored research paper published in Counselling & Psychotherapy Research, June 2010