Practices worked at
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.
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive therapy
- Couples counselling
- Family/systemic therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
- Solution focused brief therapy
- Transactional Analysis
- Failing relationships
- Coping with an affair
- Single all the time
- Fear of intimacy
- Needing to break up
- Abusive relationships
- 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
- Work/life balance in relationships
- Coping with ill health
- Impact on children
- Step families
- Family conflict or ruptures
- Family businesses
- Coping with mental health
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.
- MSc in systemic psychotherapy (2007) for working with individuals, couples and families. (Birkbeck College London).
The path to this psychotherapy qualifying training included Relate’s relationship therapy diploma and their clinical supervision certificate.
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.
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.
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.
Chris was welcoming, encouraging and very insightful. He provided practical suggestions that quickly made a real difference to us. Thank you!
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.