Dr Christina Mason is an accredited practitioners with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Christina’s areas of special interests include:
•Illness and disability
•Loss and bereavement
We provide a range of practical services from practical helpers. These include:
•counselling: Christina and Robin will provide this for individuals, couples and families. Counselling may be well suited to helping you deal with some current life issues. It need not continue for a long time.
•psychological treatments: such treatments will include specific help with issues relating to anxiety and stress management. Robin has a particular interest in trauma management and had additional training in Eye Movement De-sensitisation and Re-processing. He has many years experience working with couples and families.
•psychotherapy: this treatment is often used for the treatment of more complex family and life issues, such as childhood abuse and neglect. This treatment is likely to continue for a minimum of several months.
•clinical hypnotherapy: a brief therapy helpful in the management of anxiety and phobia.
•life coaching or mentoring: some individuals, more particularly professionals, find that their issues are less personal and more inter-personal, or professional e.g. relating to communications within their work team. Help in these situations is best regarded as solution-focussed and the conventions of traditional counselling may not apply. Here you may be seeking to achieve change through specific aims and objectives. Different techniques, mainlyl those of adult education, are used to help you make progress.
•professional supervision: all practising therapists are required to have supervision from a peer. Both Robin and Christina have certification in supervision and many years experience in this field.
•clinical teaching: Christina has experience as a teacher in higher education and her own research degree; a PhD in medical sociology. She is regularly involved with counselling and psychotherapy trainees in a teaching and supervisory role. Robin has many years experience in Higher Education teaching and current involvement in professional training and supervision.
•medical legal reports: Robin Trewartha has the Bond Solon accreditation in Medical Legal report writing and has occasional involvement in the completion of medical legal reports for courts.
•research support: any trainee on an advanced counselling or psychotherapy course is required to undertake research. Often support and supervision for this is provided within a training establishment. Christina Mason is well placed to provide additional advice and guidance in this field.
•Cognitive behavioural therapy. We are getting increasing number of enquiries about cognitive behaviour therapy. This appears to come from the recognition of this one specific therapy by the medical profession through the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE). Robin and and Christina have experience and training sufficient to apply this model of therapy. However, please bear in mind that an initial assessment is needed to negotiate with you over the most appropriate form of therapy suited to your present circumstances. The NICE accolade has skewed publicity about the purpose, function and strategies of psychological interventions. You may be interested to know that there are over 400 forms of therapies available at this time. Few have the support of NICE but that does not mean other treatments are less relevant to your situation. This will be discussed with you in some detail in an assessment and, indeed, we do provide a free initial assessment to discuss this matter further.