Registered Clinical Counsellor
Chris Pye from A Single Step is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the Psychotherapy and Counselling Federation of Australia (PACFA).
PACFA is a leading national peak body for the counselling and psychotherapy profession. Practising members of PACFA are listed on PACFA’s National Register. Registrants have demonstrated an approved level of training, experience and competence, complying with PACFA’s ethical standards and meeting PACFA’s Training Standards, which are the highest for the profession in Australia.
Learn About Chris Pye.
I know that trust and emotional safety are probably the most important factors in choosing a relationship coach or counsellor. This is surpassed only by confidence in getting the results you want.
So, let me try to address these by sharing with you a little about who I am and what I offer.
The fostering of safe, honest, and authentic relationship has been the thread running through every twist and turn of my professional life.
In my first profession, as an actor, in London, I was passionate about finding the humanity and truth in each diverse role. I loved improvisational work, because it requires an actor to embrace the unknown, to allow vulnerability and trust in relationship.
I truly loved the art of acting but ultimately I felt limited by the commercial theatre world and felt that there was something more I wanted to achieve with the skills I’d developed.
In the 1990s I began applying what I’d learnt to community contexts, receiving a Diploma of Youth and Community Work and a B.A. with Honours (First Class) in Community Education.
I went on to spend the next ten years of my life devising and facilitating programs for marginalised young people and communities, using the creative tools of theatre to promote personal and community development.
A Deeper Connection
In 1998 I relocated to Brisbane, Australia, and further pursued my passion for creating safe and supportive spaces for transformative change.
My work with young people and communities was rich and challenging and it led me to want to meet my clients’ needs with a deeper understanding of therapeutic processes.
In 2005 I completed a Master’s degree in Counselling and began working as a Family & Relationship Counsellor at a Brisbane NGO.
It was there that I began to refine a philosophy and practice approach, which could facilitate genuine transformation in peoples’ lives and relationships.
My work with diverse individuals, couples and families taught me the impact of the stories we grow up with – those we hold tightly to and those we reject – in shaping our lives and the relationships we share.
I realised that I had the opportunity to help people unearth and deconstruct these stories, towards more conscious choices about how – and who – they wanted to be in the world.
Counsellor and Coach
Founder of A Single Step