Clare McDonald PGDiploma in Counselling and Diploma in Couple Counselling

Clare McDonald PGDiploma in Counselling and Diploma in Couple Counselling

Mid Glamorgan


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Mid Glamorgan


About me

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

Qualifications :

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')
Auricular Acupuncture
Level one Sign Language

Training :-

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mental Health First Aid
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training  (ASIST - MIND)
Autism Awareness
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

Experience :-

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.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with life changing events :-  Stroke survivors, 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


Session - £40.00 per hour

Couples - £60.00 per hour

Concessionary rates may apply

Further information

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

Pontypridd, CF37

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I usually see my clients within 48 hours of initial contact. I have availability for late evening and weekend work.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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