I am an approachable and friendly person who has for many years explored how I can support people to the best of my ability. I believe in the power of relationship and nurturing individual’s inner motivation. I am motivated by and passionate about the work that I do directly with people and it having an emerging positive influence on their families, friends, colleagues, organisations and communities.
I offer a gently robust approach that aims to address the issue or issues that each person, couple, family or team brings, and develop a therapeutic relationship based on compassion, integrity, and empathy.
I have a Masters Degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy, a Degree in Outdoor Studies, specialist training in coaching and NLP (Neuro-linguistic programming) and achieved a Masters level qualification in Spiritual Development and Facilitation. I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, and accredited by the Institute of Outdoor Learning for my outdoor work with individuals and groups.
I am deeply committed to working with people to improve their mental, emotional and spiritual health. I am adaptable to the needs of individuals, groups and organisations I work with offering compassion, integrity, and empathy, and a down to earth way of working within the Person Centred Approach.
I became a counsellor and psychotherapist in 2012, following on naturally from being at the cutting edge of delivering, managing and leading personal and professional development training, teaching, coaching and outdoor adventure, within and for, leading national and international consultancy organisations for over 15 years.
I have had the privilege of working with over 200 organisations, countless groups and teams, company directors and managers, blue and white collar workers, children and young people - all of which, have taught me so much of the human condition and how people change, grow, cope and develop, and what it takes to keep going and doing your best no matter what life or work bring, and most importantly; the skills, attitudes and conditions necessary to do these things and how to offer these to the absolute best of my ability in my private practice (Kendal Therapy) today.
In the first four years of being a counsellor I worked part time as a Counselling Coordinator' developing the 25 plus counselling team and services in my Local Mind (South Lakeland Mind), which has given me valuable experience in supporting people with a huge variety of challenges and issues that I would rarely meet in private practice, but are desperate for support, with usually nowhere else to go. Developing the South Lakeland Mind counselling service up to the MQM (Mind Quality Standard) was hugely rewarding and had the knock on effect of helping me support my private practice clients even better. I also founded the first outdoor counselling service in the UK, which included training up counsellors to be able to work outside with their clients safely and effectively.
I have had a very small consultancy and training role in South Lakeland Mind supporting the training and outdoor therapy services. I have also Lectured at the University of Cumbria on Outdoor Therapy related modules on their graduate and post graduate programmes. I am sometimes asked to consult on Outdoor Therapy projects too which really is a joy. My focus though, is counselling and my Kendal Therapy clients are my priority.
Alongside my private counselling practice (which halved in March 2020 as we were all on lockdown and only half my clients wanted to continue online counselling), I am the Pandemic Wellbeing Response Lead for Sodexo Healthcare UK, responsible for in house pandemic wellbeing and mental health services across a range of UK sites, supporting hospital key workers that have been on the front line fighting against Covid-19 and working throughout the outbreak. Having these two roles is a real privilege and they compliment each other well.
Qualifications and Accreditation
Master of Arts in Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy (MA)
Post Qualificatory Certificate in Couples Counselling
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
Post Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Development and Facilitation (PGC)
Level 4 Certificate in Education and Training
Accredited Practitoner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning (APIOL)
Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Studies (BSc Hons)
Nero Linguistic Programming Practitioner Certificate
Nero Linguistic Programming Coaching Certificate
Mountain Leader Award (Summer)
Single Pitch Climbing Award
Training and Facilitation Certificate
Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Member of the BACP Coaching Division
Member of the British Associatiation for the Person Centred Approach (BAPCA)
Member of the Institute for Outdoor Learning
Member of Outdoor and Adventure Therapy Special Interest Group with the Institute of Outdoor Learning
Member of the British Mountaineering Council (BMC)
Member of the Mountain Training Association (MTA)
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Links to Chris Frampton's membership organisations
I'm a counsellor that likes to be involved in a lot of core counselling and related fields. I believe this helps me bring a diverse set of skills to my work. I am a member of the leading counselling and directory organisations in the UK, and the special interest groups that are relevent to my work. I am also a qualified outdoor person and I need to be a member of outdoor organisations to keep myself up to date on recent developments in the field. If you would like to find out out more about these organisations, please click on the links below.
It's good to talk directory
Institute for Outdoor Learning
BACP Coaching Division
Mountain Training Association
My brief cv blending career and qualifications to convey the real life flow of events
Christopher Frampton BSc (Hons) APIOL PGC MA Reg. MBACP
Lives and works in Kendal, Cumbria
1976 Born Crawley, West Sussex 16 October 1976
1980 - 88 Milton Mount Primary and Middle School. Crawley, West Sussex
1988 - 92 Hazelwick Comprehensive School. Crawley, West Sussex
1988 - 90 Paper round, Milk round, Market stall, Grocers. Crawley, West Sussex
1990 - 93 Assistant Manager, Master Fryer. Crawley, West Sussex
1994 - 96 Assistant Manager, Road House. Crawley, West Sussex
1997 Outdoor Instructor, Superchoice Adventure Centre, Weymouth, Dorset
1998 - 99 Access to Higher Education, Health Studies, Crawley College. Crawley, West Sussex
1999 - 02 BSc (Hons) Outdoor Studies, Lancaster University. Ambleside, Cumbria
2002 - 03 Apprenticeship in Development Training, Brathay Hall. Ambleside, Cumbria *(AO)
2003 Mountain Leader Award. Lake District and North Yorkshire
2003 Single Pitch Award. Lake District and North Yorkshire
2003 Training and Facilitation Certificate, Brathay Hall. Ambleside, Cumbria
2003 Neuro-linguistic Programming Practitioner and Coaching Certificates. Manchester
2003 TA (Transactional Analysis) 101, Head Start. Brampton, Cumbria
2003 L2 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Kendal College. Kendal, Cumbria
2003 - 07 Outdoor Development Trainer, Various training and outdoor centers. NW / UK
2003 - 04 Shamanic / Person Centred, Creative Arts Counselling, Kilder, Northumberland
2004 - 05 Postgraduate Certificate Spiritual Development and Facilitation, University of Surrey. Guilford, Surrey
2006 L3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, Kendal College. Kendal, Cumbria
2006 Accredited Practitioner of the Institute for Outdoor Learning. Cumbria
2006 - 08 Diploma (HE) in Counselling, St. Martins College. Lancaster, Lancashire *(AO)
2007 - 08 PGCE (Year one), Craven College. Skipton, Yorkshire *(AO)
2007 - 08 Lecturer / Research and Development, Craven College. Skipton, Yorkshire
2007 - 09 Senior Learning and Development Consultant, Lakeside National Centre. Cumbria
2009 Senior Organisational Development Consultant, Outward Bound Professional. Eskdale, Cumbria
2009 - 10 Coaching Consultant, BAE Systems. Barrow, Cumbria
2010 - 11 Trainer / Coach, JHP Group. Kendal, Cumbria
2010 - 13 Master of Arts Person Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy, University of Cumbria. Lancaster, Lancashire.
2011 - 16 Befriending Coordinator/ Counselling Coordinator / Training Coordinator and Interim Chief Officer. South-
Lakeland Mind. Kendal Cumbria
2012 - ... Kendal Therapy opens as home based counselling practice. Kendal, Cumbria
2013 Mental Health Awareness Level 1 and 2, National Mind. London
2013 - ... Counsellor and Trainer, Health Assured. Manchester/ Kendal, Cumbria
2014 - 15 Employee Counsellor, NHS, UHMB. Cumbria
2015 - 16 L4 Certificate in Education and Training (QCF), Kendal College. Kendal, Cumbria
2016 - 17 Founded the first Outdoor Counselling service in the UK, South Lakeland Mind. Kendal, Cumbria
2016 - 19 Lecturer (Health and Wellbeing in the Outdoors modules), University of Cumbria. Ambleside, Cumbria
2017 Certificate in Counselling Supervision, Manchester Institute for Psychotherapy. Manchester
2017 - 18 Mental Health Services Consultant, South Lakeland Mind. Kendal, Cumbria
2017 - ... Opened Kendal Therapy’s new therapy room at The Kirkland Centre, Kendal.
2020 - ... Pandemic Wellbeing Response Lead, Sodexo Healthcare UK (wed / thur only.)
Bold - Most relevant to counselling
Green - Kendal Therapy was born in 2012.
*(AO) - Attendance only
These courses were fully attended, yet final assessments were not completed. In 2008 I took on too much all in one go and found my physical, emotional and mental limits. I eventually had to completely redo my counselling and teaching qualifications from scratch, one after the other this time, realising this was the only way I was going to succeed.
… - Current Roles Descriptions
Chris now works primarily within his Counselling and Psychotherapy private practice called Kendal Therapy. He supports individuals, couples, families, offers workplace and leadership counselling and coaching and offers an outdoor counselling option to anyone who would benefit.
As an Associate for Health Assured, Chris works with Directors, CEOs and Leadership teams of large organisations that are in crisis, need mental health support or conflict resolution across the UK in person and internationally via video conferencing.
Most recently, I have become the Pandemic Wellbeing Response Lead for Sodexo Healthcare UK, responsible for in house pandemic wellbeing and mental health services across a range of UK sites, supporting hospital key workers that have been on the front line fighting against Covid-19 and working throughout the outbreak. This part time role works well alongside my Kendal Therapy counselling practice.