Mr Chris MacGovern

Mr Chris MacGovern

MSc Systemic Psychotherapy/PG Dip Couple therapy/B.Des

Psychotherapy

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1 specialist

17 years of experience
11 years as a specialist
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Overall Rating

Overall Experience

4.83

Bedside Manner

5

Explanation

4.83

Top feedback

“Chris has been extremely helpful in exploring and understanding why my mind works in the way it does and providing tools to address the struggles and challenges I was facing, through both exploring my past and understanding how it’s impacting my present and also through his knowledge of the way the mind works and helping me understand the mechanics of it. Chris’s knowledge and experience of working on relationships, working with expats and with gay men was a perfect fit for me, his kind, friendly manner and ability to communicate ideas clearly were so helpful in guiding my journey and creating safe space to share my thoughts and feelings. “
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Languages spoken

  • English
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Registered with

  • Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice (AFT): 1615516
  • United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP): 2011162068
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP): 45192
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    Consultation fees

    New appointment: £100

    Follow-up appointment: £100

    About

    Mr Christopher MacGovern is BACP registered relationship psychotherapist currently working in both the NHS and in private practice.

    Mr MacGovern completed an MSc in systemic psychotherapy (2007) for working with individuals, couples and families at Birkbeck College London). Mr MacGovern regularly participates in training making sure he engages with latest research and thinking.

    Mr MacGovern specialises in couple relationships and the impact of stressed relationships on individuals through to families. He has counselled over 1000 clients to make their relationships work. And the vast majority say that our work together has contributed to a significant and beneficial change in their lives. He believes success comes from professional skills and is a fully qualified Systemic Psychotherapist, besides this he believes that the main contributor is teamwork, building a great partnership with his clients.

    Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

    • Individual short and medium term psychotherapy
    • Behavioural therapy
    • Cognitive therapy
    • Couples counselling
    • Family/systemic therapy
    • Integrative
    • Interpersonal therapy
    • Mindfulness
    • Psychodynamic therapy
    • Solution focused brief therapy
    • Transactional Analysis
    • Failing relationships
    • Childhood Trauma/Complex Trauma
    • Coping with an affair
    • Single all the time
    • Fear of intimacy
    • Needing to break up
    • Abusive relationships
    • Stress, anxiety and trauma
    • Managing as a single parent
    • Work life balance in relationships
    • Coming out
    • Relationships stuck or in crisis
    • Blocked communication
    • Emotionally or sexually dead
    • Feeling hopeless
    • Abusive
    • Affairs
    • Work/life balance in relationships
    • Coping with ill health
    • Separating
    • Impact on children
    • Step families
    • Family conflict or ruptures
    • Family businesses
    • Parenting
    • Coping with mental health
    • Retirement
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    Procedures

    • Counselling
    • Video Consultation
    • Confidence Building
    • Family and Couples Therapy
    • Integrative Psychotherapy
    • Personal Development
    • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
    • Schema Therapy
    • Trauma
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    Special interests

    • Depression
    • Identity Problems
    • Low Self-Esteem
    • Relationship Issues
    • Self-Worth Issues
    • Stress
    • Abuse
    • Anxiety Disorder
    • Obsessional Behaviour
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
    • Sex Related Issues
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    Education

    Qualifications

    My ongoing training helps ensure that I engage with latest research and thinking. Insight from previous employment helps ground me in the reality of my clients experience of career as a professional or business owner. Working both in the NHS and as a clinical supervisor ensures I get lots of feedback on my practice beyond that available in purely private work. This helps me question and stay fresh with my ideas about what might help my clients.

    Qualifying training:

    • MSc in systemic psychotherapy (2009) for working with individuals, couples and families. (Birkbeck College London).

    The path to this psychotherapy qualifying training included Relate’s (University of East London) relationship therapy diploma and their clinical supervision certificate.

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    Reviews

    4.89 Overall Patient Trust rating
    Overall Experience
    4.83
    Bedside Manner
    5
    Explanation
    4.83
    Counselling
    1/6
    Depression
    1/6
    Identity Problems
    1/6
    Low Self-Esteem
    1/6
    Psychotherapy
    1/6
    Relationship Issues
    1/6
    Self-Worth Issues
    1/6
    Stress
    1/6
    Video Consultation
    1/6
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    Overall Experience
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    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Chris has been extremely helpful in exploring and understanding why my mind works in the way it does and providing tools to address the struggles and challenges I was facing, through both exploring my past and understanding how it’s impacting my present and also through his knowledge of the way the mind works and helping me understand the mechanics of it. Chris’s knowledge and experience of working on relationships, working with expats and with gay men was a perfect fit for me, his kind, friendly manner and ability to communicate ideas clearly were so helpful in guiding my journey and creating safe space to share my thoughts and feelings.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Over the past few months, Chris has provided an unrivalled service which became an essential part of my life. Working through past trauma, recent events and fears of the future, a relationship was formed which allowed open and honest exploration of those issues. Chris created an environment in which I felt safe and free of judgement. As a male client, it was highly beneficial to work with a male therapist and I felt completely at ease discussing all aspects of my personal and private life, including thoughts and feelings which I felt unable to discuss with even my closest friends. Chris empowered me to explore thoughts, fears and worries which had affected me for years, creating a dialogue which enabled me to reframe and take back control. Chis isn't afraid to challenge you, but he does so in a sensitive and appropriate way, which I found incredibly beneficial. I highly recommend working with him, either in person or online, and hope others find the experience as useful and rewarding as I did.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    Over the last couple of months, I've had my first ever therapy sessions with Chris. He made me feel very comfortable, explained the process well and always gave me the opportunity to drive the sessions in any direction I might find helpful. It's been a fruitful journey that I think I'll most likely come back to when the time is right.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Patient seen for:
    My partner and I had never done couple therapy before. After a couple of months of continuous work, we have already seen great improvements in our communication and relationship. Chris has been a wonderful therapist, always caring, always listening, and making sure we were both participating in the sessions. Couple counseling can be a great way to see yourself and the person you love from a totally different and more positive angle.
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    Overall Experience
    (4/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (4/5)
    I've had the opportunity to talk with Chris for around 18 months, touching a range of issues from work-related stress and anxiety to relationship troubles and childhood traumas. Chris helped me gain awareness of thinking patterns that might be holding me back and gave me the tools to move towards my goals. For this, I thank him very much.
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    Overall Experience
    (5/5)
    Bedside Manner
    (5/5)
    Explanation
    (5/5)
    Chris was welcoming, encouraging and very insightful. He provided practical suggestions that quickly made a real difference to us. Thank you!
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    Peer recommendations

    Recommended by 1 doctor for:
    1

    Psychotherapy

    Dr Kate Potter
    Dr Kate Potter
    Psychology

    28-06-2018

    Chris is a relationship specialist with extensive knowledge of working with individuals, couples and full families. Within peer supervision, Chris has offered insightful and supportive guidance and I can therefore confidently say that he is a practitioner with integrity and strong reflective ability. I imagine that his calm approach and ability to use touches of humour where appropriate, enable him to create a safe place for clients to immediately feel welcome and supported to discuss and unravel their stuck or problematic relationship issues that have led to issues with depression and/or anxiety.

    For specialty: Psychotherapy
    Connection: Is a colleague

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