Claire Tetlow MBACP (Registered) and Trainee Supervisor
Elm Tree Cottage
I am an Integrative Counsellor, which means I use different models of Counselling. This can include CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and Personal Centred Therapy. I am Client led which means I work with what is most important for you and I will use what I believe will be the most effective approach. I have many years of Counselling experience. This has been gained by working in a variety of professional settings, which has enabled me to gain a depth of knowledge. I have worked with Clients of all ages, backgrounds and beliefs. I have supported people with a wide and varied range of issues, and provided the tools to enable them to find a more satisfying and fulfilling life.
Anxiety or Depression
These conditions are extremely common. It doesn't mean you a weak person, if you approach a Counsellor. It really is a strength to be able to contact a Professional (such as myself) and discover how I can help you.
At times, life can seem impossible to cope with, in fact, completely overwhelming. You may have experienced difficulties which you have been ignoring and suppressing for many years. Month after month, year after year, you have been dealing with these issues in the same way, but you can't see any improvement. You now realise you need to do something different to change your life. You have reached a crossroads, and you cannot seem to choose the best road to take, to enable you to be happy again.
Have you experienced a bereavement or loss? It can be a sad, lonely, overwhelming time of your life. Why not approach me for support?
Are you being bullied? Whether it's at work, school or college, this kind of behaviour is unacceptable and shouldn't be tollerated.
Should you carry on working in a job which provides little or no job satisfaction? Do you feel that you always make the wrong decisions? Could you change your approach and stop repeating unhealthy behaviours?
Should you stay in an unhappy or abusive relationship? Has your partner betrayed you? Has your husband or wife had ANOTHER affair, after promising faithfully they wouldn't do it again? Infidelity, is an extremely difficult issue to deal with. Working with me, could prove extremely beneficial to you, by providing time for you to explore the emotions which you are experiencing. Has your relationship been affected by the death of a child?
Whether you decide to see me together as a couple or as an individual, I believe I can help you to find the best way forwards.
Whilst you may have friends or family to turn to for support, they will try and help you in certain ways. They may take you shopping for a taste of retail therapy, or they may invite you out and buy you drinks to cheer you up. However, you realise that this is just a temporary 'fix' and isn't really helping you to 'untangle your head', and 'get to the root of the problem' in the long run.
Do you feel that wherever you turn, you just aren't receiving neutral support? By seeking the help of a Professional Counsellor, who has nothing to gain from whatever decision you make, if any, this could be the best way forward for you. I can appreciate, that it can be extremely daunting speaking to a stranger for the first time. But by making that first step and contacting me, I will try and put your mind at ease and reassure you as best I can, about the Counselling process. We can explore your difficulties in the safe space of my Counselling room. I can support you and listen to whatever you wish to share with me, It is the opportunity for you to be heard, maybe for the first time in years. I can guide you through different strategies and techniques to help you to overcome your problems. By providing you with these techniques, it will enable you to adopt more helpful and healthy thought processes, a positive attitude, and ultimately, enable you to find a way forwards in your life with confidence.
Cost of Counselling
Are you trying to 'weigh-up' whether you can afford to come for Counselling? Some things worth considering are, you can pay £40 an hour for a Mechanic to fix a problem with your car or £250 for a car service, to keep your vehicle on the road. How many Cappuccino's do you treat yourself to in a month? £40 can pay for a trip to the hairdressers or £30 buys some 'gel' fingernails, these things are lovely, but you're still left struggling with your anxieties, your depression, or your feelings of just not being able to cope anymore. Whether you've thought of it this way or not, you are the most important person in your life - if you don't look after yourself, who will? This then affects your ability to look after other members of your family and friends. What price is worth paying for you, for your mental health? Surely, it's a price worth paying!
It can be extremely frustrating to be on a waiting list, without hope of seeing an NHS Counsellor "any time soon". Many Clients have waited patiently, only to be offered an appointment 11 months after their original referral. On many occasions, NHS Therapists can only see Patients for 6 sessions. Unfortunately, the NHS are struggling to support Patients with Mental Health Issues, which is very disappointing. If you contact me, we can discuss how I can help you and arrange a convenient appointment asap.
One of my Clients recently told me, "I wish I'd come for Counselling years ago!" One of my Clients who has just finished her Counselling sessions, advised me that her progress in achieving her goals set during her first session, was "totally a result of Counselling" and also described the Counselling she'd received from me, as "brilliant". Another Client told me, "You've been fantastic, I can't believe how much better I feel!" This week, one of my Clients described me as being "real, Claire you don't just sit there nodding your head how I imagined a Counsellor would be!" So, please pluck up the courage, take the plunge and contact me - what have you got to lose? I believe you've got a whole lot to gain!
The difficulties I have supported my clients with include the following:
- abuse - emotional and sexual
- adoption issues
- adult survivors of child sexual abuse
- affairs and betrayal
- anorexia nervosa, bulimia
- body dysmorphic disorder
- career counselling
- carer support
- compulsive hoarding
- couples counselling
- debt counselling
- domestic abuse
- emotional abuse
- family issues
- generalised anxiety, including health anxiety and social anxiety
- internet addiction
- low self confidence/esteem
- obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- panic disorder/attacks
- personality disorders
- post natal depression
- post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- relationship issues
- pre-nuptial counselling
- seasonal affective disorder (sad)
- separation and divorce
- self harm
- self image
- suicidal thoughts
- work related difficulties (including bullying)
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Casework Supervision - currently studying towards
Certificate in Gestalt Counselling
Certificate in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Diploma In Integrative Counselling
Certificate in Person Centred Counselling
Fundamentals in Gestalt Counselling
Introduction to Couples Counselling
I regularly update my professional development, by attending courses and workshops. I have recently attended an "Introduction to Play Therapy" workshop.
I try to provide the best service possible for my Clients. This includes seeing a Supervisor monthly and discussing my cases with that person. It enables me to keep you "safe" and to being supported as effectively as possible. It also ensures my practice meets current legislation.
My many years experience of Counselling have been gained by working at GP Surgeries and within my own private practice.
Additionally, I work for a private Pain Management Service, supporting NHS patients to cope more successfully with Chronic Pain. I see patients who are struggling to live with many different health conditions. These include general back problems, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, ME and many more. Living daily with chronic pain, is extremely difficult to deal with and from my experience, a high percentage of people slide into depression. Many people experience a loss of mobility (which can be experienced by people of all ages) which significantly affects their life on a daily basis. This in turn, can "tip people over the edge". I have successfully worked with people who experience suicidal thoughts, because of the "impossible situation", they feel their life is. I have helped them to "turn their lives around", they tell me. I have also supported chronic pain sufferers, who experience a loss of self esteem and confidence. Together, we re-build their self esteem and enable them to "get back on track" and look forward to a brighter future, instead of being "stuck in the past" and constantly comparing themselves to the person they used to be. Are you one of these people? Please don't continue to suffer, contact me and we can have an informal chat about what you are going through.
In addition to working towards Accreditation, I am currently studying on a Diploma in Case Work Supervision course. I am seeking both trainee, qualified Counsellors and other Professionals, who wish to receive Supervision. I am also happy to offer Counsellors additional Supervision to their usual arrangements, if required. My Supervision sessions until qualified, are available at a greatly reduced rate. Please contact me to discuss this further.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work related stress
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Photos & videos
£30 per hour - Individual Counselling.
£40 per hour - Couple Counselling
**SPECIAL OFFER **
Christmas is fast approaching and there is pressure to buy all those presents. So during November and December, I am offering all new Clients a special offer: "Pay for your first session, and get the second session free". So please take advantage of this offer, come and meet me and see what you feel about Counselling. Grab the bull by the horns and seize the moment! Isn't it time to make a change?
Reduced Fees: I offer reduced fees for people on low/no income. I also offer reduced fees for the personal therapy for Trainee Counselling Students (to comply with the requirements of their course).
Supervision: I offer minimal fees for Supervision, whilst working towards qualification. I will continue to offer reduced fees for these Supervisees after qualification.
Discounts given for block bookings.
Paypal facility available.
Please contact me to discuss the different options that are available.
Appointments: I offer appointments during the day or in the evening. In addition, I work on a Saturday too, which helps when you've got busy lives.The session lasts for an hour. For Counselling to be effective, a session needs to be held on either a weekly or fortnightly basis. We can discuss this further, during your initial enquiry or within your first session.
On-Line Counselling - I also offer Counselling or Supervision using Skype or V-See. So, if you would prefer to stay in the comfort of your own home, are unable to leave your home or don't live in my area. On-line counselling could be an ideal of working for you. You may have some concerns about using this, but If you would like to trial this way of working, let's see what you feel. It can be extremely effective.
Please feel free to send me an email or telephone my mobile. If you email me, I regularly pick up my emails, so will reply promptly. If you telephone me, we can have an informal chat, which will give you the opportunity to ask me any questions you may have. If I am unavailable, please leave a message and I will contact you as soon as possible. My contact number has voice mail, which is only accessed by myself, so you can be assured that no-one else has access to your message.
PREMISES/LOCATION - PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE PHOTO OF MY ROOM
My premises are easy to find. I am located in Treflach, approximately 15 minutes drive from Oswestry. There is both ample and free parking available immediately outside my counselling room. My Counselling room is light, comfortable, welcoming and informal. Many Clients have told me that they like the 'un-clinical' surroundings of my Counselling room, which helps them to feel more relaxed from their very first session. It also has wheel chair access. I am located close to the bus stop of route no's: '54', '79A' and '79'
Your issues will will be treated confidentially, with respect and without judgement. As a BACP Member, I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I receive regular Supervision, which means that both my Clients and myself, benefit from continued professional support.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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To fit in with busy lives, I offer day and evening appointments. Additionally, I work Saturdays. I use "V-See" and Skype, so if you can't leave home or want convenience, it's another option.
Types of client
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