Claire Tetlow MBACP (Reg) and Trainee Supervisor
Elm Tree Cottage
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.
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. Are the problems you have been struggling to overcome included in the following; have you experienced a bereavement or loss? Should you carry on working in a job which provides little or no job satisfaction, or where you are bullied on a daily basis? Should you stay in an unhappy or abusive relationship? Has your relationship been affected by the death of a child, or the pressure of an affair or betrayal? Infidelity, is an extremely difficult issue to deal with. 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 a more helpful thought process, a positive attitude, and ultimately, enable you to find a way forwards in your life with confidence.
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 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 members of your family and friends. What price is worth paying for you, for your mental health? Surely, it's a price worth paying!
As one of my Clients recently told me, "I wish I'd come for Counselling years ago!" Another 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". 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:
- adoption issues
- adult survivors of child sexual abuse
- affairs and betrayal
- anorexia nervosa, bulimia
- 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 traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- relationship issues
- pre-nuptial counselling
- seasonal affective disorder
- 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. This enables me to to provide the best service possible for my Clients. It also ensures my practice meets current legislation.
I am working towards Accreditation. I am currently studying on a Diploma in Case Work Supervision course, and 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.
My many years experience of Counselling have been gained by working within GP Surgeries, for a Counselling Organisation 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 problems. These include Back problems, Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome 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. In addition, 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 have suicidal thoughts, because of the "impossible situation", they describe their life to be. I have enabled 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.
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
£30 per hour - Individual Counselling.
£40 per hour - Couple Counselling
Concessions available: 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 also offer Saturday appointments.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.
V-See - I offer Counselling or Supervision using this facility.
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 talk, 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.
My premises are easy to find. There is both ample and free parking available 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. I am also 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
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
To fit in with your busy lives, I can offer day and evening appointments. In addition, Saturday appointments are also available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|