Christine Livingston

Transpersonal and Integrative Psychotherapist
Central London

Individual Therapy

If you’re feeling crappy about life, yourself, or whatever, we should talk. Therapy is a great way to get perspective and feel human again.

Couples Therapy

Sometimes, even the best of relationships can feel stuck, fractious, or broken. Working together in therapy we can move beyond your current crisis

Therapist Supervision

As a fully qualified supervisor, I support the work and personal development of a small number of other therapists

Hello! I’m Christine

UKCP Registered Psychotherapist

If you’re reading this page, there’s a good chance you’ve been referred to me. And you’re doing your due diligence before you pick up the phone or after we’ve first met. In which case, hello, I’m glad you’re here.

Here’s what you need to know…

Areas of Expertise

Anxiety. Depression. Stress

Perhaps you’re able, at least on the face of things, to get on and live a normal life. But, underneath, you feel overtaken at times by emotional states you struggle to understand and that limit your life. Therapy can help you develop a better relationship with your feelings and create a greater sense of inner peace.

Trauma

No matter how hard you’ve tried to move beyond them, one or more experiences – maybe an ongoing traumatising situation – from the present or past, keep intruding on your life and happiness. Working with a trauma-informed therapist can help you make sense of things, and allow you to feel more resourced and grounded.

Life crisis

Relationship breakdown, illness in yourself or another, loss of an important job or life role, hitting an unexpected tough patch in your life. Sometimes you feel that your life is in total meltdown. Whatever appears to be causing it, therapy can be a supportive way to centre yourself while you adjust and explore life options moving forward. 

Toxic Relationships

At times, you may find yourself in a relationship that makes you ill. Whether it’s at work, reporting to someone who psychologically or physically harasses you, or in your personal life where a partner or family member is abusive or violent or both, toxic relationships can wreck significant trauma and damage. Therapy can be a mental and spiritual refuge to regain strength, clarity, courage and take charge of your life again.

Disordered Eating

Eating disorders of all kinds seem to be on the increase, among men and women. Anorexia, bulimia and binge-eating disorder are particularly common. Orthorexia – an unhealthy focus on consuming only healthy foods – is on the rise too. If you find yourself obsessing with what you are – or aren’t – putting in body; if your relationship with food feels sometimes more like a phobia, one that limits your life, reaching out to a therapist can help you ultimately create a more accepting relationship with your body and its needs.

My Approach

Psychotherapy is sometimes referred to as ‘talk therapy’, and that’s not by accident.

The first time we meet, I’ll want to hear what’s lead you to connect with me, and understand what’s going on for you.

Expect me to ask you questions and reflect what I hear back to you to make sure I understand.

Once we’ve decided whether or not to work together, we’ll begin to paint a picture about what’s behind your symptoms and we’ll map out the kind of things we’ll most likely need to look at ongoing in order to allow you a sense of progress and healing.

I don’t have any magic bullets. No tricks or sure-fire techniques to “make” you better.  Oh, sure, I’ve done a ton of studying and I continue to read and learn. But the real healing happens in the course of the relationship that you and I create, and the experience that gives you of being listened to and understood.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can I expect on my first session?

I’ll want to hear about why you have reached out and seek to understand the best I can what’s going on for you. I’ll want to listen, and will also ask you questions to make sure I get you. I’ll usually give you an initial sense of what I hear and intuit what’s going on. From there, we’ll figure the focus of our sessions and what we’re going to work on together.

How long do sessions usually last?

Session last 50 minutes.  How many sessions you need and over what period of time is something that we can talk about when we first meet. For best results, therapy is usually a weekly commitment.

Do you carry out sessions virtually?

I generally prefer to work with people in-person, face to face in Central London.  If our respective travel plans take us out of town and you want nevertheless to meet, we can arrange that .

Do I need to have identified a specific issue?

Not necessarily.  You may be able to attribute how you are feeling to a specific event or time in your life. But often there’s no obvious reason for why you’re feeling as you do.  Either is fine and I can work with both scenarios.

What if I start therapy and realise it’s not for me?

We always have a first meeting to see if we’re a good fit and if I think I can help you.  I wouldn’t, in fact, expect you to commit to a therapeutic journey before then. And, if we do decide to work together, and you’re not comfortable, or at any time you want to stop, that is fine.

Do I need a referral from a GP?

No, that is not necessary.  Indeed, sometimes it is the case that your GP may recommend psychotherapy, but often it is something that the individual seeks out for themselves.

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