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, 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 (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 within a supportive environment. 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 very 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:
I work face-to-face and one-to-one. My therapy approach focuses on psychological integration. This means that I consider ways in which individuals 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, converge, or diverge. I consider the importance of the mind (thoughts), body (physiological experience), and socio-political culture and how they 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 adaptable to client needs and have experience of both long and short-term work. I'm open to working creatively, and consider the importance of metaphor, symbolism, and the body as a language. 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, actively involved, 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) 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 attachment and adaptation in adulthood. I have some specialist experience working with HIV positive clients.
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 a HIV charity 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 as a lecturer and researcher, and work as an independent psychology trainer.
I am insured, have had full / enhanced DBS checks, and have regular clinical supervision with a UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist. 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
- 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
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
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- 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
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.
- 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 fees for individual counselling are £45 per session. Each session is 60 minutes.
- Fee for the first face-to-face session is at a reduced rate of £20. You are under no obligation to continue after this first session.
- I offer a 10% discount if sessions are booked in blocks of 4 and paid in advance.
- Fees are payable by cash at the start of the session or via a bank transfer arrangement.
- For those on benefits and low income groups (under £10.000 per annum), I am willing to negotiate fees. All concessionary rates are dependent on financial circumstances. Please discuss this with me in our initial conversation.
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.
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):
Main Practice - Leicester
My main 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.
I am also able to see clients in Nottingham 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 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 a mutual assessment where we would assess your needs, I would clarify my boundaries of working, and provide you with my counselling agreement. You will also have the opportunity to ask questions, see how it feels to work with me, and we would consider the aims of the work. We would then arrange to begin the work at the standard agreed fee if we are both comfortable to do so.
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.
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My main practice is in Leicester and I also have secondary practice in Nottingham. Appointments available. Please enquire.
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