Christopher Clow

Christopher Clow

Counsellor in London

Anger Rage, Worry, Anxiety - General/Social/Work, Depression, Relationships, Alcohol/Addiction(s), Couples, Families, Bereavement/Loss, Shame, Guilt, Self esteem, Self worth, Sadness, Low Mood, Trauma, Crisis, Self harm and Suicide, Confidence, Self Belief, Discontentment, Worry, Depletion, Alienation, Homesickness, Adolescents, Post Natal Depression, Affairs, Betrayal, Separation, Divorce, Childhood Suffering, Sexual Abuse, Violence, Crime, Coaching, Assertiveness, Parenting, New families, Stress, Substance abuse, Internet Pornography other addictions, Co-dependency, Childhood Trauma , Irritability, Edginess, Wretchedness, Unravelling, Disintegrating, Relationship Abuse including-emotional-physical- and sexual- both in childhood or adulthood, in same or opposite gender relationships and many other concerns that can affect you today.

When we keep things locked up inside.... that's where they stay.
We often worry about things that haven't .... and may not happen.
The way to solve problems... is to live a life in a way that makes them disappear.
Coming to therapy can be an enlightening process of discovery.

You may be feeling down, nothing left, wretched, sad or worried about something, you may be hoping to make changes in behaviour. Looking for reasons and meaning, feeling unfulfilled, unproductive, trapped or alienated from work, family and friends. You may feel you are unraveling. Perhaps you are looking for counselling for something specific such as Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Relationships, Bereavement and loss, Self esteem and confidence, Alcohol and Addiction and/or you may be looking for longer term psychotherapy.

Often the two, Counselling and Psychotherapy, go hand in hand.

I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist in clinical settings since 2001 and Private Practice since 2005. BACP Accredited in 2006, BACP Senior Accredited in 2012 and working as a Consultant and Clinical Supervisor since 2005.

I offer face to face counselling/psychotherapy sessions to individuals, couples and families. I work with adults, teenagers and in some circumstances children.

To fit in with your busy schedules, telephone and/or Skype sessions are also possible.
I also am able to work with a Philosophy and Egan based personal coaching model.

My main practice is set in comfortable and secure consultation rooms accessed by entry phone systems in Balham (Bedford Hill)
Please see photograph of consultation room below.

Sessions are 50-minutes in length and are usually weekly.
Twice weekly and fortnightly sessions are also possible and I can offer flexible appointments to fit in with your changing schedule.
I provide appointments in the daytime, evening and some Saturdays.

During your first appointment we can discuss what brings you to counselling, what's troubling you and on your mind. Then we can discuss what you are looking for and how to develop a bespoke way of working that integrates and blends appropriate useful therapeutic approaches that best fit you.

Perhaps you feel like you are unraveling, things are disintegrating, find yourself over worrying, feeling low, or maybe you are feeling unfulfilled, unproductive, discontent or maybe trapped in a corner.
Then we can find the best way to cope in the 'here-and-now' and we can explore how you got there and where you are going.

If appropriate, I am able to use hypnotherapeutic tools involving grounding and relaxation exercises alongside guided and/or creative visualisation techniques.

I am able to utilise Trauma Incident Reduction (TIR) techniques and tools if required.

If required we can integrate an Egan model of achieving change through coaching in a personal consultation context.

Background & Qualifications

UK Registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist (UKRCP)
British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP-Registered & Senior Accredited)

British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP-Registered & Senior Accredited)
Federation of Drug and Alcohol professionals (FDAP)
Association of Family Therapists (AFT)

MA Counselling & Psychotherapy (2008)
Systemic Couples & Family Therapy Level (I) & (II) (Equiv. Post Grad. Dip) (2010)
Foundation in Psychoanalysis (2009)
Dip. Counselling Supervision (2005)
Adv. Dip. Therapeutic Counselling (2003)
B.Sc (Hons) Soc. (1976)

I hold individual membership and have Senior Accreditation with The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), membership of the Federation of Drug and Alcohol Professionals (FDAP), and am a member of the Association for Family Therapy (AFT)
My practice includes integrating personal coaching.

My experience and training covers working with many mood and behaviour disturbances for example:

Anxiety & Stress,
Depression & Low mood,
Self Esteem & Self Belief,
Anger & Rage,
Abuse, (Physical, Sexual and Emotional)
Bereavement & Loss,

My portfolio includes developing, managing and supervising a counselling service in a charity based setting for victims of crime (since 2001).
Other ORGANISATIONAL based experience:
Blenheim IDAS Battersea, Clinical Supervisor
Blenheim Community Drug Project CDP Vauxhall
Crime Reduction Initiative Hammersmith & Fulham (Alcohol Services), Clinical Supervisor
RAPt (Rehabilitation of Addictied Prisoners Trust) Programme Manager, Senior Therapist
Ealing Drug Intervention Service, Clinical Supervisor
KCA Foundation young peoples addiction therapy, Clinical Supervisor
Freedom Recovery Centre 12-step programme, Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre Clapham Addiction Recovery Programme, Clinical Supervisor
The Awareness Centre External Psychotherapist
Equinox Alcohol Service, Psychotherapist
Turning Point Addiction Services, Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor

Vicitm Support London, (Trauma, Crisis, Homicide, Rape, Assault, Domestic, Homophobic Violence, Race crime, Suicide, Robbery...) Psychotherapist and Clinical Supervisor
The British Refugee Council (Imprisonment, Torture, Trauma, Rape, Displacement, Violence, Seperation Loss, Genocide, Homicide, War, 'Ethnic Cleansing'...), Clinical Supervisor

Balham Community Centre (General mood and behaviour disorders) Psychotherapist
Age Concern UK. Clinical Supervisor
Lambeth College Diploma level Counselling Tutor

Alongside my counselling and psychotherapy practice, I work as a qualifed clinical and consultancy supervisor and am involved on a consultancy and clinical capacity with a free/low cost counselling service in SW London.

From 2010-2011 I practiced as an Honorary Therapist at the Prudence Skynner Family Therapy Clinic within the SW London & St Georges NHS Mental health Trust.

This has given me considerable statutory and non-statutory workplace and private practice experience in working with depression, low self esteem, anger/rage, shame/guilt, bereavement/loss, trauma/crisis, and specialist experience working with domestic violence, homophobic abuse and sexual violence including male and female rape, post traumatic stress, recovery from crime, life crisis and motivation, alcohol and drug misuse, binge drinking, gambling, co-dependency sex and love addiction.

I also have 3 years experience of tutoring/lecturing and teaching trainee counsellors.

I am a qualified counselling and consultancy supervisor and am providing/have provided Counselling and Consultation Supervision for qualified and trainee counsellors and psychotherapists in many settings including:
Lambeth Mind, Equinox, Ealing DAIS, Turning Point, Various Victim Support Schemes, The Her Centre, KCA, Freedom Recovery Centre, The Awareness Centre NHS and General clinical practice, The British Refugee Council.

My Specialisms

Personality Disorder
Work related issues
Alcohol & Substance abuse, (Including 12-Step)
Internet pornography and other addictions,
Trauma & Crisis,
Shame & Guilt,
Self-Harm & Suicide,
Domestic Violence,
Rape & Sexual Assault,
Relationships, including-emotional-physical- and sexual- abuse both in childhood or adulthood, in same or opposite gender relationships.

Approach to Therapy & How I Work

Over the years, I have developed an Eclectic/Pluralistic approach.
In other words I am non-dogmatic to any particular way of working. We can work in response to your needs in short-term or longer-term therapy as well as personal consultation/coaching.
You will be able to work within Humanistic, Integrative, Family-Systemic, CBT, Mindfulness, Psychodynamic and Existential thinking as you focus on what it's like to be you and on what's going on in your life today.

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 In Person £85 per 50 minutes
Counselling In Person £85 per 50 minutes
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy In Person £85 per 50 minutes
Relationship Therapy In Person £100 per 50 minutes

Additional Rate Information

In some circumstances I am able to offer lower fees, please call to discuss.