Claire Bloxsom Cert. Couns, PGClin.Dip, Ph.D, MBACP(Reg)
5 Pelham Crescent
I provide counselling and psychotherapy in Leicester and Nottingham. My focus is on helping you to make change, gain new insights about yourself and others, to feel happier, and to develop a greater sense of wellbeing.
What to expect from Counselling:
Counselling aims to enhance and develop your sense of wellbeing to support you to make the life changes you are aiming for. We all experience problems and darker times in life, and sometimes it really helps to have space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Counselling involves working with an unbiased and qualified professional in a safe, predictable, and confidential environment, typically weekly, for an agreed period of time.
Whilst good counselling is an effective process, it isn’t always an easy one - it's important to feel challenged within a safe and supportive environment. Commitment and work are inevitably needed in order to make lasting change. You may want to work on one specific issue over a short period of time, or you may want to engage with longer term in-depth work. You may have a sense of how long you are looking to work for, but it's equally fine to not really know, and we can take things in stages. However, for whatever length of time we work with, we will regularly review the sessions and the work we are doing so you have a clear sense of your development and needs.
How I work:
I work face-to-face and one-to-one with adults (18+). The heart of my therapeutic approach appreciates our uniqueness as individuals and on your developing sense of ‘psychological integration’. This means that I would help you to consider ways in which you might experience a deeper sense of wholeness and comfort within yourself. I draw on a wide variety of theoretical approaches to help us reflect on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour may interact, converge, or diverge. For example, I appreciate the importance of the mind (thoughts), body (physiological experience), socio-political culture, and our ‘spiritual’ selves, and how all these aspects can impact us in our everyday lives.
We all take in messages of some sort from the world and we will have our own way of reacting to these. These messages might be explicit and direct or implicit, say through body language, and might come from our parents, peers, siblings, larger family, from society as a whole, the media, or from our culture. Sometimes the messages we take in are supportive and helpful, but other times they may not support our needs and identity and might create difficult feelings and a sense of unease.
I am adaptable to client needs and have experience of both long and short-term work. I'm open to working creatively, and consider the potential role of metaphor, symbolism, the arts, and the language of our body in addition to an explicit verbal narrative. As a focus of our work would be to support your personal empowerment, I cannot 'tell you' what to do. Instead, I will offer suggestions and feedback that we can evaluate together.
I’m deeply committed to my job as a counsellor, and believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, develop themselves, and feel happier if we are given safe enough challenges, space, time, and circumstances that work for us. I am very open-minded, actively involved, and have an empathic, warm, and collaborative style.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Cert. Couns) (University of Leicester)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) (Metanoia Institute, London) leading to MBACP.
Other related qualifications that enhance my clinical work:
- BSc. (Hons) Psychology (University College London)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE) (Nottingham Trent University) leading to Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
- Registered British Psychological Society Test User: Occupational, Personality (RQTU)
- Ph.D in Psychology (University of Leicester) leading to C.Psychol, AFBPsS (Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society)
I am a qualified Counsellor registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP). I have a Certificate in Counselling from The University of Leicester and a postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) from the Metanoia Institute in London. Overall I have completed 6 years of clinical training to date excluding shorter courses. Some examples of shorter / brief courses I have sought out include motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, assessments, safeguarding, working with LGBT+ clients, working with HIV+ clients, sexual and gender diversity, and working clinically with attachment. I have some specialist experience working with HIV positive clients. I’m an LGBT affirmative therapist.
Related qualifications and experience include a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University) teaching (PGCHE), and a PhD in Psychology. My PhD involved researching anger experience and different ways we might connect and attach emotionally to significant others. I have many years’ experience of teaching psychology and mental health from Undergraduate to PhD level, and I previously worked as a full-time University Lecturer in Psychology. Although I am not a CBT-specifically qualified practitioner, I able to integrate a 'training'/ 'CBT-style' approach into our work if it feels appropriate.
I currently work as a counsellor for the Terrence Higgins Trust and I also volunteer and assess a few hours per week at a Leicester Counselling Centre. I have some experience of psychiatric environments. Alongside my practice, I remain affiliated with a university in the East Midlands as a lecturer and researcher, and work as an independent psychology trainer and consultant.
I am insured, have had full / enhanced DBS checks, and have regular clinical supervision with a UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist. I have experienced regular, weekly counselling and psychotherapy myself as a client for several years and can therefore appreciate the process from both standpoints. I work within the BACP ethical framework.
Some examples of areas I have worked with include:
- Anxiety and depression
- A sense of things just not feeling quite 'right'
- Sexuality / sexual problems or addiction
- Sexual orientation
- Gender identity
- Relationship difficulties in childhood and in adulthood
- Shame and guilt
- HIV diagnosis and stigma
- Relational trauma including psychological / physical / sexual abuse
- Difficulty feeling and / or expressing emotions (e.g. feeling numb)
- Difficulty regulating and controlling emotional expression (e.g. feeling ‘manic’, ‘panicky’)
- Bereavement and loss
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality problems
- Life changes
- Careers and work-related problems
- Adapting to university life
- Trauma following psychiatric detention
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of experience/ specialist experience:
- I have past experience working with clients with an HIV diagnosis as a Buddy in the 1990s, and now continue to work with HIV positive clients as a counsellor. I have a special interest in working with long-term survivors of HIV, and in understanding and managing HIV related stigma, especially in gay and bisexual men.
- I am a qualified higher education lecturer in psychology and have worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education as a tutor, academic supervisor, examiner, course team member, and senior lecturer for several years. Therefore I have a good understanding of student needs, both in adapting to university and throughout the educational process.
- I am a member of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
- I am a member of the Leicester Counselling Centre.
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- My current standard fees for individual counselling are £50 per 60 minute session.
- Fee for the first face-to-face 60 minute session is at a reduced fee of £20. You are under no obligation to continue after this first session.
- I offer a 10% discount on my standard fee if sessions are booked in blocks of 4 and paid in advance (with out be £180 per 4 weeks).
- Fees are payable by cash at the start of the session or via a bank transfer arrangement.
- For those on benefits or who receive a low income, I am willing to negotiate concessions/ sliding scale of fees for appointments before 5pm. All concessionary rates are individual and dependent on financial circumstances. Please enquire.
- Once we have made an agreement to start counselling, I reserve a time for you. I therefore need 48 hours notice for any appointment you cancel please, otherwise the fee is chargeable at the agreed usual rate.
I am a member of other professional bodies in addition to the BACP:
- Metanoia Insitute, Ealing, London, and also follow their ethical framework. I am currently in the last stages of completing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, which will lead to full UKCP membership, in addition to my BACP registration. I therefore also follow UKCP ethics.
- United Kingdom Association of Psychotherapy Integration.
In my related non-clinical role as a trainer in psychology, I have an additional membership of the British Psychological Society (BPS).
I am available for face-to face counselling at the following locations (please note I am unable to provide online/text or phone counselling):
This practice is located in the Crescent on King Street in the centre of Leicester. There is some on-street parking and there are various car parks within walking distance. My practice is on the second floor, including a short walk along a corridor. There is a lift and there are toilets available.
My practice in Nottingham is located in The Park, (accessible from the right half of Cavendish Crescent North NG7, off North Road - turn right off North Road after Pelham Crescent). You will be able to park outside the practice for your sessions without cost. Please note there is no lift to the room I often use. Toilets are available.
If you would like to explore working with me, please do contact me, and we can decide whether or not to move forward with an initial session. In your initial contact please let me know if you are looking for counselling in either Leicester or Nottingham. An initial session would be an opportunity for us to explore your aims and needs and to get a feel for what it would be like to work together.
I do not have the facility to work with clients in immediate crisis: If you feel in crisis, please contact your GP as soon as possible, GP out of hours service, NHS 111, the Samaritans on 116 123, or SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm).
If you are a man, you can contact CALM, which is a charity specifically supporting mental health in men. https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/ (5pm-midnight).
If necessary please go to your local Accident and Emergency department (if you cannot go on your own ask a friend or safe other to take you there). If you are unable to get to A and E and you feel you need to go, and all other options have not worked, call 999 for an ambulance.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I work in Leicester on Thursdays only. Nottingham Practice usually on Wednesdays, though please enquire.
Types of client