My name is Chris Madden and I’m an Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist which means that I’ll offer you a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to explore a present difficulty. I will accept you for who you are and try to see the world through your eyes. I will listen to you and be as genuine as I can, offering the time you need to find the answers you are looking for. I will not tell you what to do or who you should be but I will help you explore and navigate towards new insights and perspectives which can bring about a better way of relating to yourself and others.
No amount of words will ever describe anyone of us and we all have different needs, so my way of working is flexible and geared towards helping you understand yourself and find a way towards the changes you would like to make. We will have freedom and flexibility to work in a way that suits you as an individual, working at your pace, in a collaborative way, to identify and explore the things that concern you or cause distress.
I appreciate how difficult it can be to take the first steps towards seeking help or meeting a new therapist and, equally, how important it is to feel comfortable with the person you choose as your therapist. A good way forwards is an initial session which is an opportunity to meet, talk, ask questions and decide if I’m right the right therapist for you. There is no obligation to book any further sessions unless it feels absolutely right and only you can make that decision.
I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) and follow a strict code of conduct and ethics. I am a member of Help Musicians UK Health and Welfare Advisory Board and the Chair of the Board Trustee for MAP (Music and Art Productions), a Leeds based charity offering creative programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.