Christopher MacGovern started his professional life not in the world of talk therapy, but in business.
Over the last nine years however he has moved from there to becoming a full time psychotherapist. His philosophy has been that to be good in any business requires constant attention to how you practice. This has led him to train in two psychotherapy modalities with in 2005 a diploma in psychodynamic therapy and in 2008 an MSc systemic therapy in 2008 with University of London’s Birkbeck College. This qualified him as a Psychotherapist working with individuals, couples and families. In parallel with these courses he also trained with Relate as a clinical supervisor.
His early placement in Wimbledon’s Relate centre offered him extensive experience of working with couples facing the dilemmas of coping with relationships, families and the demands of professional careers or self employment. This has gone onto form the core of his expertise and is now offered privately in three locations covering central London. These include rooms serving Wimbledon and Earls Court areas and now Canary Wharf.
His week starts with his role as a clinical supervisor at Relate Centres on Mondays and then onto private client work won Tuesday’s, Wednesdays and Thursdays. On Fridays he works in a voluntary post as a Psychotherapist working with an NHS team in South London helping families effected by mental health challenges.
A specialist research area from his MSc has been in how families manage when the working partners career moves them to another country for a number of years. This suggested that for many families this was both a huge challenge, and one for which there was very little support. This led to him working with couples and families facing this challenge as a specialist service in his private client work.