Christine Habermehl

Christine Habermehl

Phone: 01234 83 10 83


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My approach

I enjoy working within an integrative and holistic approach, valuing the whole person and respecting the mind body link. I describe my work as complementary, not alternative, and I support and work with doctors and conventional medicine.

I have over 20 years’ professional experience working in Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire and London. I have trained in many different approaches and can tailor my way of working to best suit the individual.

The types of issues I regularly work with include all types of trauma ranging from road traffic collisions, physical and sexual assaults/abuse, through to war-related events, witnesses of crime, fears, phobias, anxiety, depression, bereavements and grief, education and sports performance and ‘mind medicine’.

My work is informed by current research that indicates effective approaches for specific problems like CfD for depression, EMDR for trauma, and a specific programme for IBS.

As well as counselling and psychotherapy work I regularly support sportsmen and women to improve their own personal and team performances when competing at county, national and international events. I also work with young people focusing on reducing exam anxiety and improving exam performance.

Another area of my work involves working with people with health issues particularly those going through conventional cancer treatment. We work together utilising the power of the mind to target and enhance their treatment (radiotherapy/chemotherapy) and support the whole person.

I work privately offering both short-term and long-term therapy in response to the individual and their needs, and I work one day a week for the NHS. I also take referrals from GPs, the IAPT service, counsellors and psychologists.

Training and qualifications

  • EMDR Therapy (EMDR UK & Ireland)
  • EMDR R-TEP (Recent Traumatic Events Protocol)
  • I-EMDR Treating Headaches & Migraines
  • Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision
  • Diploma in Counselling
  • Diploma in Hypnotherapy/Hypno-healing
  • Diploma in Sports Performance
  • Combined Certificate in Counselling
  • Certificate in Counselling Theory
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills

Some other short courses I’ve completed include:

  • cognitive behavioural therapy skills
  • brief solution-focused therapy skills
  • coaching skills
  • existential therapy skills
  • post-traumatic stress
  • trauma risk incident management (TRiM)
  • stress management
  • critical incident stress defusing
  • critical incident stress debriefing
  • breaking bad news
  • family grief
  • the emotional cost of caring
  • coping with sudden death
  • dealing with victims of sexual abuse
  • treating chronic pain

Past experience

My background includes working in and heading up a police welfare, counselling and trauma service, providing and managing all aspects of psychological health and welfare and leading on psychological trauma. I was the professional advisor to ‘gold command’ and chair of the South East region of NAPWA (National Association for Police Welfare Advisers). My work was consistently recognised as ‘outstanding’ throughout my service, my appraisals were always ‘excellent’ and I received several personal and team awards.

I have been self-employed in private practice for 14 years. This operated alongside my work in the emergency services until 2012, when I took voluntary redundancy after 28 years’ exemplary service. For the past 4 years I have also worked one day a week in Hertfordshire taking GP and IAPT referrals.

I trained as an EMDR practitioner over 10 years ago and I am experienced and passionate about this way of working. I set up and coordinate the EMDR Bedfordshire group (as a sub-group of the EMDR Association East Anglia region) with a colleague and I’ve been a member of the EMDR Association East Anglia Regional Steering Group. I actively encourage and support EMDR therapy and enjoy supervising the work of other practitioners. This includes voluntary work for Trauma Aid UK, supervising EMDR therapists working in the Middle East.

Professional affiliations

  • I have an enhanced DBS certificate
  • I am registered with the Information Commissioners Office as a data controller

Code of ethics

I abide by the BACP and the EMDR Europe code of ethics.

Fees and availability

  • £75–£95 (sessions before 6pm are at the lower rate)
  • Sessions are a full 60-minute hour
  • Contact me for availability

IBS, sports/educational performance, ‘mind medicine’ and stress management & resilience building

  • 6-session programmes: £425

Limited concessions available

  • Low-cost EMDR supervision: £45
  • Low-cost counselling: £45