My name is Chris Madden and I’m a Counselling Psychotherapist which means that I’ll offer you a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space to explore a present difficulty.
COVID19- Video/Phone Sessions available
We are living in unprecedented times……which feels a bit of an understatement! Like the rest of the country (and many parts of the world), I am self-isolating to help reduce the spread of Covid19 and keep everyone safe, so my face-to-face practice in Leeds is closed until further notice. Until then, I am still working via Skype, Zoom and telephone, so if you are feeling like you need someone to talk to please do get in touch. If you are considering therapy, counselling or a bit of support for the first time you are very welcome to give me a call or email to arrange a short video call, so you can make sure if this is a valuable way to work.
BBC Radio Links
If you recently heard me on BBC Radio Leeds, Sheffield and York discussing how we can manage our mental health and wellbeing during self isolation and social distancing, here are the links to some fantastic resources and information that might help. Though a couple of these are written with music industry professionals in mind, they are actually really great resources for everyone and contain advice for adults, young people and children alike.
What is Therapy, Counselling and Psychotherapy?
Counselling, Psychotherapy and Therapy are interchangeable words used to describe professional talking support, that helps you navigate and make sense when your thoughts, life situation has or is becoming overwhelming. 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 Service provider for the Music Support Charity, a member of Help Musicians UK Health and Welfare Advisory Board and Chair of the Board Trustee for MAP Charity, a Leeds based charity offering creative programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.
I worked in the music industries for over 20 years before retraining as a therapist. I work with people from the music, live event, TV/Film and creative industries, as well as people from all walks of life. I have extensive experience of working therapeutically in university settings and significant experience of working with clients diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorder/Asperger Syndrome. To be honest, I believe the most important aspect of therapy is the relationship that develops between the client and therapist- you and me- so it really does not matter who you are, how old you are, what industry you work in or if you’re a student, if we can develop a good, strong, therapeutic relationship, then we can work together and this is the foundation of how I work.