Clare McDonald PGDiploma in Counselling and Diploma in Couple Counselling
I have over 12 years experience as a therapist and counsellor working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.
I have a strong track record with successful outcomes across a wide range of topics that include :- substance misuse,including alcohol dependence and binge drinking. Stress, anxiety and depression, panic attacks, phobias, physical, mental and sexual abuse, loss and bereavement (including Suicidal ideation) work related stress and clients on the Autism Spectrum
Tailoring a blend of established and creative therapies to help clients from a range of backgrounds and with differing needs.
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I work within a thirty mile radius from my practice in Pontypridd. For clients that have mobility issues home visits can be arranged.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Couple counselling
P.G. Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)
BSc(Hons) Criminology / Psychology
Diploma in Health and Social Care
City and Guilds in Substance Misuse (including 'legal highs')
Level one Sign Language
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA - MIND)
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST - MIND)
Aspergers - Understanding the Couple Relationship
Child Protection Awareness (NSPCC)
Working with Suicidal Clients
Dual Diagnosis (substance misuse and mental health)
Resilience training for anxiety and depression
Family Liaison Officer
I have over twelve years experience of working within the Prison Service using a tailored blend of established and creative therapies to help clients from mixed backgrounds and across all age groups. This included substance misuse, Auricular acupuncture, managing anxiety and depression (CBT) physical, sexual and emotional abuse, bereavement, suicide intervention and family liaison work.
Previous work with young adults on the Autism Spectrum offering intervention within therapy, in order to promote and develop mental and emotional, physical and social well being of clients.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- 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
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with life changing events :- Stroke survivors and the emotional turmoil associated with it. Cancer diagnosis and the effect on the family.
Whilst working within the prison service I was trained as a Family Liaison Officer and now counsel clients who have experienced sudden or traumatic deaths.
Previous contract with the Priory Group - counselling students on the Autism Spectrum between the ages of 11-25 years
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Behavioural therapy
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Cognitive therapy
Session - £40.00 per hour
Couples - £60.00 per hour
Concessionary rates may apply
Registered member of 'British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists'
Member of the 'National Autistic Society'.
Member of Children in Wales
Member of Anxiety UK
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I usually see my clients within 48 hours of initial contact. I have availability for late evening and weekend work.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|