01422 847957 / 07929 364011
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer with 15 years experience practicing in a wide range of settings and developing person centred approaches. Before this I practiced as a dental surgeon for 11 years mainly in the Community Dental Service and was unusual in applying a person centred approach to my practice. Before this, I mainly played the flute.
I aim to listen as whole being person and to bring all of my senses to the present moment during the time we are together and to be open to what spontaneously emerges between us.
My attempts to find meanings for my relational experiences have led me through explorations of different theories of human development, developmental psychology, emotional regulation theory (from the field of affective neuroscience and psychoanalytic theories) systems theory and feminist writing. My first attempt at writing in 2006 was an exploration of the concept of non-directivity in terms of chaos theory and conceiving therapy as organising at the edge of chaos. I have lectured and presented on affective neuroscience and psychotherapy, communicative musicality and offered workshops for practitioners to develop capacities in whole body listening.
I am currently exploring in relation to the emerging field of ecopsychology and am playing flutes again! I am working with Nick Totton on the Wild Pathways Training in Ecopsychology conceived by Nick, Mary-Jayne Rust and Chris Robertson and I am looking forward to engaging in a year of training on the Shamanic Medicine Wheel during 2014/15 with Jayne Johnson. I am writing a blog to accompany my explorations and developments in my practice.
I am active participant within the Independent Practioners Network and I believe in a responsible autonomous and accountable way of practicing.
I am associate member of the AHPP (Association of Humanistic Psychology Practitioners)
I am a member of Psychotherapists and Counsellors for Social Responsibility
For more information and a fuller picture of who I am and how I work please visit my website www.clareraidocounselling.org or contact me directly at email@example.com or by phone on 07929364011.
Training, qualifications & experience
Wild Pathways Training in Ecospychology 2013 current
Permaculture Design Certificate 2011
Introduction to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Short Course CPD) 2007
Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Supervision 2003
Post Graduate Certificate in Person Centred Group Facilitation 2002
Transactional Analysis Training (TA101) 2002
Diploma in Person Centred Psychotherapy and Counselling 2001
Primary Health Care Certificate in Basic Homoeopathic Medicine for Dentists 2000
Bachelor of Dental Surgery BDS (Hons) 1989
Grade Eight Flute - Royal College of Music 1982
In 2001 I qualified in person-centred counselling & psychotherapy and since then I have worked in a wide range of settings including in the context of a Women's Counselling and Therapy Service both as a counsellor and group facilitator with women who have experienced childhood sexual abuse, as counsellor and supervisor in workplace settings including with hospital staff in NHS settings, teachers, various workers who have experienced trauma, within an organisation offering therapies to people living with the experience of cancer, with students in higher education in University settings, for Sheffield Mind as a volunteer counsellor alongside running my private practice as an independent counsellor, supervisor and trainer. I have worked as tutor and lecturer in counselling at Leeds Metropolitan University and Temenos Education in Sheffield.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Ecological, Social and Political concerns.
My usual fee is £40.00 for an hour. My aim is to work out a fee with you that is sustainable for you and for me. This means that we may agree a fee which is less or more than my usual fee.
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Supervision & training
I am an experienced person centred supervisor and I am happy to work with therapists working from different theoretical orientations, as well as people from different fields of professional activity.View supervision profile