Chris Osgerby, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Chris Osgerby

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Chris Osgerby, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Chris Osgerby

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My Approach

Family and systemic psychotherapy – also known as family therapy – can help those in close relationships to better understand and support each other. It enables family members to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on family strengths, and work together to make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.

About Me

I am a highly experienced Systemic Family Psychotherapist and supervisor working online and face to face in Taunton, Somerset. I have over 20 years experience working with children, young people and their families in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. I also have extensive experience working with couples where there are relationship difficulties including issues around trust, communication and intimacy. I am also very experienced working with families with adult children where there may be different ideas about the nature of the difficulties that are being experienced. It can then be useful to meet together where the different perspectives can be heard leading to new understandings about how relationships in the family can move forward.

I have a passionate interest in helping families where there is a child or young person who is facing difficulties including those associated with anxiety, depression, autistic spectrum conditions, ADHD or challenging behaviour. I also have extensive experience working with the difficulties that can arise following adoption or where there is a history of attachment difficulties. I am interested in the different stages and transitions that families go through such as when children start at secondary school or it comes to the time when young people begin to leave the family home.

I am also very interested and experienced in working individually with men. As is well-known, men can find it difficult to discuss their worries and concerns. This can be at least in part due to societal expectations that men 'get on with things' and avoid displaying any vulnerability, which can in turn lead to problems become overwhelming. Men often don't have the same kind of social support networks as women, and so perhaps have less access to the 'listening ear' of friends when things get difficult.

Family Therapy, also known as Systemic Psychotherapy, is a way of working with people to enable them to make changes and understand difficulties in the different contexts in which they may occur, whether that be in relation to family, friends, work or school. The focus of the work is to help family members to explore difficult feelings and understand and appreciate each person’s perspective so that together they can come to an agreed solution.

In my on-line practice I can also work with a very experienced female colleague who is also a Systemic Psychotherapist - there are two therapists in the 'virtual room'. This can be very helpful when working with both families and couples. I also see clients face to face in the Taunton Area of Somerset.

I encourage you to get in touch either by phone or email so that we can discuss the difficulties you are currently having and what may be a helpful way to proceed.

I work with

  • Children and young people
  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I am trained in cognitive behavioural techniques for helping young people with anxiety and also work with adults with anxiety either individually or with their partner or family.
I am a very experienced couples therapist and enjoy working with couples where there can be a diverse range of difficulties including to do with communication, intimacy and managing disagreement and conflict.
I am very interested in working with parents who have divorced and wish to seek constructive ways to continue to co-parent their child or children. I also work with couples who wish to have a therapeutic space to discuss their relationship in order to avoid divorce.
I have many years experience working with families with young children, teenagers and also adult families. Family therapy can be very helpful when there are unresolved issues and assumptions being made that get in the way of family relationships. Family therapy can help families to be the best that they can be.
I am particularly interested in working with men with mental health difficulties who can find it hard to seek support and to talk about the problems that they are having.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Family and Systemic Psychotherapist
  • Family Therapist
  • Systemic Family and Couple Psychotherapist
  • Systemic Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • ADHD
  • Adoption
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bullying
  • Couple Issues
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating Disorders
  • Health-related Issues
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Phobias
  • Relationships
  • Stress
  • Supervision

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

UKCP College

  • College of Family Couple and Systemic Psychotherapy (CFCSP)

Working with Children

For more information about therapy for children and young people, visit our info page.
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