Hello, my name is Chris Madden and I am an Integrative Counselling Psychotherapist; it’s a bit of a tongue twister but essentially means that I offer a safe and non-judgmental space for you to explore a present difficulty. This will be done at your pace, in a collaborative way, helping you to explore or identify the stuff that might not be working for you and to navigate a new way of being – with more choices.
You might want to know what kind of therapist I am. There are many words that I could use to let you know; relational, existential, person centred. These all mean that I am interested in who you are, who you have been and who you are becoming in relation to yourself and others. No amount of words will ever describe each of us and everyone has different needs, so my way of working is flexible and geared towards the changes you would like to make.
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; so I offer an initial no obligation session to meet, talk, ask questions and decide if I’m right for you. I encourage you to give me a call and begin to investigate for yourself whether or not we might work well together.
I work with people from all walks of life and many of my clients come from the creative industries. Having spent 20 years working in the music industry, I understand the pitfalls, stresses and anxieties of life in a fast paced and sometimes chaotic working environment.
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 a Trustee for MAP (Music and Art Productions), a Leeds based charity offering creative programmes for young people at risk of exclusion from mainstream education.