Counselling is at Riversong Cottage or also on the first and third Wednesdays and Thursdays of the month in Cape Town. This is different from spiritual direction or accompaniment although there is some overlap as Chris is committed to integrating the two if and where that is appropriate. Counselling tends to be more problem focussed. It provides a totally confidential space where one can explore a specific issue(s), hopefully begin to understand it more and so experience some change in the way it impacts on our lives. There is something powerfully therapeutic in acknowledging and speaking through an issue and being enabled to uncover new insights.
Chris trained in counselling in the UK back in the 1980’s. On his return to South Africa he worked at St Luke’s Hospice for about six years where he was Bereavement Co-ordinator and Chaplain. This involved counselling patients and their families, training and supervising a team of lay volunteers and supporting staff members. He started his own community counselling service in 1994 which has continued since then. His special focus is working with loss, change, grief, the dying and bereaved and those supporting them. In exploring this field he attended some courses in the USA, one of which was presented by Prof Bill Worden, well known in the field of loss and grief. Chris also offers more general counselling as well as marital counselling.
Should you feel the need step back from a busy life and ‘draw breath’ emotionally, Riversong Cottage offers a safe and warm environment to ‘just be’. It is also a restorative place for those caring for the elderly, the terminally ill or loved ones suffering from dementia.
Individual counselling R680.00 per 50 min session or part thereof
Couple/family counselling R680.00 per 50 min session or part thereof
Teaching/workshops on loss and grief available on request.