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Mr. Chris Gwilliams MBACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist


MSc in Psychological Trauma

Thank you for visiting my website. I hope I can offer the help you are looking for.

I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist. I work from a humanistic perspective of person-centred, where if the right conditions are present, an individual will learn and grow from the therapeutic experience.  

I provide a safe confidential environment of G.P. surgeries in Ellesmere and Telford plus I have premises in Shrewsbury to help you understand why life is difficult. In addition to my humanistic work I also use an eclectic approach of CBT, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytical, and from Transactional Perspective when we both feel it is appropriate.

I believe every individual has the inner capacity to self-actualise and become more fully functioning within their world.

I am registered with a number private health care providers, including BUPA, AVIVA, CIGNA and WPA.

The cost is £30.00 for 50 minutes or £25.00 for teenagers and students. A free 20 minute consultancy session is offered to establish if I can meet your care needs.

Chris Gwilliams

Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist



(07825) 665121 (Mobile)






Shrewsbury, Shropshire





2004 - 2008

Certificate in counselling skills (University of Birmingham) from a person-centred, CBT, Psychodynamic, Psychoanalytical, Gestalt and Transactional perspective.

Certificate in Counselling (North Shropshire College) Person-centred approach

Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 3

Diploma in Counselling (University of Chester)

2010 - 2012
Master's Degree

BACP Accreditation

Masters in Psychological Trauma (University of Chester)

2015 - To Date

Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents Level 3

Certificate in Understanding Eating Disorders Level 2

Diploma in Self-Harm Management Therapy (Distinction) March 2017

Diploma in Child Development Psychology (Distinction) January 2018

Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) (Distinction) 2019

2008 - 2010

Child Protection

Complex Post Traumatic Stress

Psychological Debriefing, Drug Awarness

2010 - 2012

Psychological Education, Self Harm, Suicidal Ideation, Trauma Focused Therapy

Post Traumatic Stress

2013- 2019

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder

Understanding Children/Adoslescent Behaviour, Aspergers Training

Raising Awareness in Safeguarding & Protection of Children, Radicalisation

Child Protection training


I have experience of working with self-harming issues with children and adults. I am trained and experienced in working with Psychological trauma, especially PTSD and complex PTSD, using a number of de-briefing approaches.

I have worked extensively with children, who had been abused, from the ages of 9-17 years, over a 7 year period. I have many years experience, of helping children understand and make sense of their difficult backgrounds. I have 8 years experience in undertaking psychotherapy with children and adults through the NHS and privately.

I have gained experience of working with mental health issues including, paranoia, schizophrenia, psychosis, severe depression, anxiety, complicated grief and panic related problems. I have experience of working with Post Traumatic Stress (PTS) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Acute Stress Disorder and Complex PTSD which is still not completely recognised as a condition. Additionally, I have counselled young adults from the ages of 10-18 years who have been experiencing depression, suicidal and self-harming thoughts. I have experience working with people who have experienced various types of trauma, including industrial injuries, sudden losses road traffic accidents etc.

I have gained experience of working with mums with babies and toddlers who are unsettled at night and in school to help mums understand why the baby/toddler is displaying these behaviours.

I have three years experience of  in a private college setting with a wide range of students.



Adult survivors of child-sexual abuse

Anger related issues


Domestic Violence

Eating disorders (Children & Adults)

Emotional abuse

Low self-confidence

Marriage breakdown

Panic disorders


Children experiencing challenging behaviours and behavioural issues

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress

Complicated Grief


Generalised stress and anxiety

Grief and loss

Industrial Trauma (Physical & Psychological)

Low self-worth

Physical abuse

Psychological Traumas

Relationship issues

Road traffic accidents

Self-harm (Children & Adults)

Sudden losses

Work related stress

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

The methods and procedures used in behavioural therapy are all designed to meet the needs of individual clients. There are no rigid set of techniques and the view of the helpers in this field is that since each client is unique, all helping procedures must reflect and address this. A basic aim of counselling is to enable clients to exercise more control over their own behaviour, and the environment by examining the ways thoughts, behaviours and feelings affect each other and how different aspects of these can be changed to solve specific problems.


By combining all the above, the aim is to meet the individual needs of the client from a humanistic, behavioural and psychodynamic perspective. One reason for the trend towards psychotherapy integration is the recognition that no single theory is comprehensive enough to account for the complexities of human behaviour, especially when the range of client types and their specific problems are taken into consideration. Because no one theory has a patent on the truth and because no single set of counselling techniques are always effective in working with diverse client populations.


Carl Rogers (1902-1987) is synonymous with the person-centred approach to counselling. According to Rogers, personality development can be viewed in terms of self-concept development, which in turn depends on the individual’s interaction with other people and the environment. Rogers believed that no matter how traumatic or negative the environment, there remains within each person a core or inner self which is never entirely obliterated. Each person’s innate tendency towards growth is always present, and with the right conditions will emerge and flourish.  


Psychodynamic approaches are derived from the classical psychoanalytic tradition. The word ‘psychoanalysis’ refers to the form of treatment invented by Sigmund Freud (1856-1939). It is also used to describe his theory of human psychological development. In psychodynamic counselling clients are encouraged to talk at their pace and to express their feelings and thoughts, no matter how insignificant these may appear to be. Essentially, the process of psychodynamic counselling is to bring into conscious thoughts and feelings from the past stored in the unconscious mind. The past does play a key role especially in trying to understand recurring patterns in relationships.