February 2024

Chris is a Psychologist specialising in trauma, sexual health, Chemsex and LGBT+ affirmative therapy.

Chris's background is in both the NHS and private settings, having worked in sexual health, addictions, general counselling services and dental psychology (maxillofacial trauma and orthognathic psychology). He currently works in the NHS in a sexual health clinic in Kingston, offering private couples and individual psychotherapy both online and face to face. He provides training and clinical supervision

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His research and academic experience explores men’s engagement with Chemsex, with a publication in the role of mentalisation in understanding and working with those engaging in Chemsex, and Doctoral research looking at Chemsex abstainees reflections on sexual experiences.

His view is that on some level everything makes sense. Meaning, everything we do, however painful or seemingly nonsensical this may be, has its roots in something from our developmental, earlier or experiential life, which has at some point served a purpose for us. Though, these processes and behaviours may lose their effectiveness over time.

In his clinical work, he draws integratively on various psychotherapeutic models, though largely works from relational psychoanalytic and trauma informed models.