Christine Payne

Christine Payne

Counsellor in Epsom

I am a very experienced Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor having been in post-qualification practice for over 30 years. I have worked with many clients over the years from diverse backgrounds and at different stages of their lives on a wide range of issues with very positive outcomes. I believe that all of us have times in our lives when we are faced with situations that are troubling , talking things through with friends and family is often enough for things to become clearer but sometimes consulting a skilled professional who is outside your usual network can provide support and help you gain a fresh perspective and greater clarity about the way forward.

Background & Qualifications

Fellow of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (FBACP)
Reg.MBACP (Snr. Accred)
Psychotherapy Training (Queen Mary's Hospital, Roehampton)
Diploma in Student Counselling (University of London)
BA (University of Newcastle)

I worked in Further and Higher Education for many years originally as a Lecturer then as a Counsellor developing and managing services for students and staff. I have also helped develop training courses for counsellors and supervisors and have extensive experience as an assessor of counsellors, supervisors, training courses and counselling services. I now work exclusively in private practice as a counsellor, psychotherapist and clinical supervisor with individual clients and supervisees. Clients come to see me via a variety of routes eg on the recommendation of former clients; referral by another professional or Employee Assistance Programme; self-referral.

My Specialisms

I have worked with individual adult clients on a very wide range of issues for over 30 years so regard myself more as a general practitioner than a specialist. I regularly work with clients on the following issues:
* Anxiety
* Bereavement
* Coping with illness
* Depression
* Family Concerns
* Feelings of purposelessness/meaninglessness
* Relationship Problem
* Stress
* Transitions eg to new job, home, retirement
* Workplace Problems

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

My original training was in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy but my knowledge and understanding of people have been greatly enhanced by years of learning from my clients and from many professional development activities. I would now describe myself as an Integrative Practitioner in that Psychodynamic theory informs my thinking but I draw upon very helpful elements of Humanistic and CBT theory and practice in how I work with clients. Above all, I regard each relationship with a client as co-created; we work together to explore and understand whatever is troubling the client and the options open for dealing with the issues.
I am used to working on both an open-ended and a short term basis. Some clients find it easier to commit to their therapy if there is no time limit whereas others prefer a limited number of sessions with a very clear focus. Good outcomes can be achieved in a limited number of sessions. I have worked for many years with various Employee Assistance Providers where clients are referred for a limited number of sessions to work on specific issues very effectively.

Therapies & Rates

Please note the rates detailed below are there to give you an idea of the therapists standard rates, we strongly advise you contact the therapist for more detailed rates and any offers they may have.

Therapy Appointment Type Rate
Psychotherapy Online/Telephone £70 per 50 minutes
Counselling Online/Telephone £70 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

My regular fee for counselling/psychotherapy and supervision is £70 per session but I am prepared to negotiate a lower fee between £50 and £70 depending on the client's individual circumstances. I have suspended face-to-face sessions for the foreseeable future for safety reasons because of the coronavirus pandemic and now offer therapy via phone or Zoom.