Clare Pearl MBACP
01706 813 570 / 07817 976 683
Hi my name is Clare and I am a fully qualified person-centred counsellor working in independent practice near Todmorden. I have a dedicated room that offers a safe and confidential space to explore your issues. My approach is warm, friendly and non-judgmental. I do not make diagnoses but believe that experiencing insight into your issues and developing self-awareness are key to making changes for the better.
The person-centred approach involves using the three core conditions of empathy, acceptance and congruence in the therapeutic relationship. For me these qualities are not just something I acquired in professional training, but personal attitudes lived and explored by me on a day-to-day basis.
And I’d just like to say something about empathic listening. True empathic listening involves coming out of myself for a while and going into your world. When I am in your world, I follow you and try to get a sense of what it is you are feeling. If I get it right you might say ‘yes’ and explore further; if I get it wrong you might say ‘no, that’s not it, it’s more like this…’ The exploration can sometimes lead to completely new territory, and while I am with you I am non-directive. This means it is you who chooses where we go, how far and at what pace.
What we feel, think, say and do influences or even creates what happens in our life. Becoming clear about what we think and feel is the first step towards understanding how this either supports us or undermines us in having the life we want.
I have sessions available during the day and evenings and offer the possibility of working outdoors. Please contact me to arrange an initial appointment. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified person-centred therapist and hold a Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling accredited by the National Counselling Society.
I have more than three years experience working in both long and short-term therapy including two years in a hospice where I worked particularly with bereavement and people in palliative care. During this time I saw very real benefits from the counselling process.
I am fully insured and a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists), which means I abide by their code of ethics and work to the highest ethical standards.
I believe that a high level of self-exploration is the foundation to working effectively as a counsellor, and I have many years of personal and spiritual development training including a three-year residential course in Tai Chi with the Rising Dragon Tai Chi School, numerous courses and retreats on Buddhism and meditation, and a three-year residential training in Shamanic Therapy and the Creative Arts.
I started out as a professional artist with a BA Hons in Fine Art, followed several years later by an MA in Filmmaking, and I have worked most of my adult life as an independent filmmaker, and more recently as an artist. I have facilitated workshops with community groups using creative processes to explore often painful issues such as isolation, loneliness, depression and addiction. To see some of these award-winning films please visit www.clarepearl.co.uk.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
Sessions last for one hour and cost £40.00.
The first session gives us a chance to get to know each other and decide if we want to continue working together and costs £25.00
It is up to you to determine how long we work togther. Some people find 6 to 10 sessions gives them the time they need to work thorugh a particular issue and others are looking for a longer-term engagement.
I have sessions available during the day and evenings. Please send me a text or email to set up the first appointment, or give me a call to talk through any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
There is parking directly outside the house and a distance of 3 to 4 metres to the front door including one step up, six inches in height. The therapy room is on the first floor but sessions can take place on the ground floor if required. There is a ground floor toilet. The nearest bus stop is a 5-minute walk away up a steep hill. The bus takes about 10 minutes from Todmorden Bus Station. Please contact me if you require more detailed information.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer face to face sessions at my home near Todmorden during the day and evenings, and via Skype and telephone. Please get in touch on 07817 976 683/ 01706 813 570 or by email.
Types of client