Claire Bloxsom Cert. Couns, Clin.Dip, Ph.D, MBACP(Reg)
5 Pelham Crescent
I offer counselling and therapy in Nottingham and Leicester. My focus is on helping you to make change, gain new insights about yourself and others, 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 looking 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 (but not always) weekly, for an agreed period of time.
Whilst counselling is an effective process, it shouldn't always be an easy one - it's important to feel challenged. Commitment and work are inevitably needed in order to make change. Some clients may want to work on one specific issue over a short period of time, whilst others may want to engage with longer term in-depth work. As a rough guide, short-term work often ranges from between 4-12 sessions whereas longer-term work could be a year, a few years, or it can be open-ended. 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, 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.
How I work:
My therapy approach focuses on psychological integration. This means that I consider ways in which an individual can better experience a sense of wholeness and comfort within themselves. I draw on a variety of theoretical approaches to help us reflect on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour may interact. I consider the importance of both the mind (thoughts) and body (feelings), and how they both 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.
I am flexible and adaptable to client needs and have experience of both long and short-term work. I'm open to working creatively and with metaphor and symbolism, as sometimes it is difficult to put our feelings into a clear narrative. However, 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 explore together.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, change, and feel happier if we are given safe enough challenges, space, time, and circumstances that work for us. I am very open-minded, not easily fazed and have an empathic, warm, and creative 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:
- BSc. (Hons) Psychology (University College London)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE) (Nottingham Trent University)
- 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 Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) from the Metanoia Institute in London. I have completed shorter courses, for example, psychodynamic counselling, motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, assessments, safeguarding, working with LGBT+ clients, sexual and gender diversity, and attachment and adaptation in adulthood. I have some specialist experience working with HIV positive clients. I am currently in the last stages of completing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute (West London), which will lead to additional full UKCP membership.
Related qualifications and experience include a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University) teaching (PGCHE), and a PhD in Psychology, which led to my Chartership and Associate Fellowship as a Research and Teaching Psychologist (Chartered by the British Psychological Society). My PhD involved researching anger experience and ways we connect emotionally to 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-specific practitioner, I able to integrate a 'training'/ 'CBT-style' approach into our work if it feels appropriate.
I currently work as a counsellor for a HIV charity in Nottingham and I also volunteer and assess part-time at a counselling centre in Leicester. I have some experience of psychiatric environments. Alongside my practice, I remain affiliated with a university in the East Midlands, and work as an independent psychology trainer.
I am insured, have had full / enhanced DBS checks, and have regular clinical supervision. I have experienced counselling myself as a client for several years and can therefore appreciate the process from both standpoints. I am a registered member of the BACP and work within their 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
- LGBTQAA+: Sexual orientation / Gender identity
- Relationship difficulties in childhood and in adulthood
- Shame and guilt
- HIV and stigma
- Emotional neglect
- 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
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
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- 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
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have had some specialist experience in 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 am an advocate against HIV-related stigma.
I am a qualified higher education lecturer in psychology and tutor.
I worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education as a tutor, academic supervisor, course team member, and senior lecturer for several years - and therefore I have an understanding of student needs, both in adapting to university and throughout the educational process.
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- I work on Wednesdays and Thursdays in private practice in both Leicester and Nottingham all day, with evening appointments potentially possible. Other days may be possible in Nottingham.
- Your first no obligation initial session would be free of charge to provide you with the opportunity to get a sense of how I work, to ask questions, and for us to decide if we both feel comfortable working with each other. This initial session would last between 30-60 mins (approximately).
- My current fees for individual counselling are £50 per session. Each session is 60 minutes.
- Fees are payable by cash before / at the start of the session.
- Bank transfers can be arranged - please ask.
- I offer a 10% discount if sessions are booked in blocks of 4 and paid in advance.
- For full-time students, counselling trainees, those on benefits and low income groups (under £10.000 per annum), I have a limited amount of reduced rates dependent on financial situation. Concessionary rates range from £30 upwards.
Important: I need 48 hours notice for any appointment you cancel please, otherwise I will need to charge you the usual fee for the missed session, payable at the following session.
Leicester - Thursdays
My 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. There is a lift and there are toilets available.
Nottingham - Wednesdays (potentially other days)
I work mainly on Wednesdays in Nottingham within a practice located in The Park, (accessible from Cavendish Crescent North NG7). You will be able to park outside the practice for your sessions without cost. I often work on the third floor - please note there is no lift so if you feel there might be an access problem please let me know and I will attempt to shift rooms to the ground floor on request. Toilets are available.
If you would like to arrange an initial session, please do contact me. I would then assess your needs, clarify my boundaries of working, and provide you with my counselling agreement. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions and we would consider the aims of the work. We would then arrange to begin the work if we are both comfortable to move forward.
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 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. You may also find information on other helplines from the charity Mind https://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/helplines/
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Type of session
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I work in private practice in Nottingham mainly on Wednesdays in the Park area (other days might be possible). I work in private practice in Leicester on King Street on Thursdays.
Types of client