Dr Claudia Herbert

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Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6
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About me

You have walked a unique path to arrive here in this moment and you may feel that there is still so much more for you to find out about yourself and bring to this world. Even though externally you might be leading a successful life and others perceive you as capable and even look up to or admire you, internally you may feel quite differently. Are you ready to embark on a journey to meet even more of yourself? 

You may have entered pathways or made choices that got you stuck in something that does not match your true nature and hinders your connection to a deeply fulfilling life. You might experience that you can never feel truly satisfied with yourself and it feels as if there is something missing inside. You may find it hard to sit with yourself and settle into a sense of inner stillness as there are so many distractions constantly interfering within you. You may already be quite aware of many aspects of yourself, but you may feel that there should be more and something is stopping you from living this. You may feel that there is a disconnect from who you are, which has taken you out of your authentic alignment. 

When there have been difficult or challenging life experiences or trauma most people have had to let go of parts of their authentic Self (dissociate) and adopt coping strategies to survive their specific circumstances as best as they can. While highly adaptive initially, because it blocks out the pain of these experiences at the time, in later life there are often great personal costs attached to these. These include a sense of inner emptiness or numbness; a false sense of Self or feeling 'a fake'; unhappiness or depression; low self-esteem or insecurity; low frustration tolerance or anger; anxiety or fear; addictions and cravings; self-destructive behaviour; a sense of detachment, indifference or disconnection from life; and others. This can also present as a whole range of psychological conditions or symptoms. 

While dissociated, the pain connected to these past experiences has not been able to process and thus can frequently cause uncomfortable sensations and strong emotional or physical reactions. It is often events in daily life, such as interactions with a partner, your children or in a work setting, which can bring out these feelings.

However, situations which confront us with uncomfortable emotions, dis-ease and pain can be catalysts for great internal growth, transformation and positive change. 

My life has been dedicated to discovering, learning and facilitating the most effective and powerful, inner transformation journeys to help my clients create meaningful purpose, healthy growth, inner strength and greater alignment in their lives. During my 30+ years as a Clinical Psychologist, a PTSD and trauma psychotherapist (and book author on trauma), as well as a senior executive development facilitator and 27 years as director of The Oxford Development Centre Ltd, including The Cotswold Centre for Trauma Healing, I have developed and would like to share with you a beautiful palette of deep therapeutic life changing approaches. 

Through my own personal and professional growth process, I have learnt that if we can move safely further into the pain, which confronts us, and process it, rather than trying to suppress or avoid it, we can mobilise our body, mind and Soul's natural healing processes and strengthen and grow internally. This helps us 1. to transform and change those strategies which are no longer useful to us now, 2. experience and integrate aspects of ourselves, which we have split off from in the past and 3. become increasingly more authentic, accepting, compassionate and loving of ourselves.  My work aims to help you find your way back to your Self, your innate connection to nature, life's energy and to who you are at essence - discovering a more authentic purpose in life. 

This involves entering a process of deeper exploration and identifying, filtering out, processing and transforming what is not truly and authentically you. My work is different with each client and tailored entirely to you, collated from my palette of experiences to suit your exact needs.  My work is explorative, deeply attuned and takes you on an inner discovery journey.  We will work together very collaboratively and the way in which we work is designed to make you feel comfortable, at ease and empowered in the process. My role is to facilitate and guide your transformation and growth by drawing on my in-depth experiences with development work and trainings in many fields of psychotherapy over the years. 

These include Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT), EMDR & bilateral techniques, Schema Mode Therapy, Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Attachment-focussed Therapy, Inner Child Work, Internal Family Systems, Transpersonal and Depth Psychology, Positive Growth Psychology, Havening, Focussing, Energy Psychology, Body Psychotherapy,  Consciousness-based Approaches, Calatonia, as well as, others. Alongside these, I have undergone my own deep inner healing journey and believe as a facilitator of such profound processes that this is an ongoing commitment that I have made for the rest of my life. 

Please contact me if you would like to request an initial consultation. 

Training, qualifications & experience

Professional Background:

  • HCPC/BPS Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of The British Psychological Society (BPS)
  • UKCP & BABCP Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist
  • Registered EMDR Consultant 
  • Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS)
  • ISST Accredited Schema Therapist
  • Accredited Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM) Consultant
  • Calatonia Practitioner
  • Reconnective Healing Practitioner (Levels I, II, III)
  • Certified Qi Gong Therapist
  • Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Certification (Step I, II)
  • International Trauma Expert
  • Conference Speaker
  • Book Author

Academic Qualifications:

  • BSc (First Class Hons) Psychology
  • MSc Clinical Psychology
  • DClin Psy - Doctor of Clinical Psychology

I have extensive experience (30 years+) of working with adults suffering from a wide range of different psychological problems and have a special expertise in the field of trauma psychology, including PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) and Dissociative Symptoms, including Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID). I have worked with many people suffering from recent, as well as, long-standing trauma, have written books, book chapters and published in academic journals. 

I wrote the first book in the UK explaining the psychology of trauma to the general public to enable people gain a better understanding of their reactions to trauma and help them heal. I have since written several other books on trauma therapy and positive growth, which have been published world wide. Recent publications include: Chapter on 'Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) published in the 4th edition of the SAGE Handbook for Psychotherapy and Counselling (2017); 2. Overcoming Traumatic Stress (revised edition (2018). 

My work has received regular media attention and has been presented at conferences worldwide. I am actively engaged with a number of professional organisations and have extensive experience of working in organisational settings as an executive development facilitator for senior managers and decision makers.

A lifetime of learning has kept me connected to my own growth and development and my calling to help people heal. The way that I am able to help people now is a culmination of all that I have done so far. I draw on a deep, beautiful lifetime of work, experiences and my own inner growth processes, inspired by different healing and spiritual traditions around the world. 

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£250.00 per session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information


  • £250 per hour for private client consultations
  • £300 per hour for specialist consultations and business

When I work

I can offer day time appointments and have some limited evening availability, please enquire personally.

Further information

I am bilingual in German and English. I work with adults individually, as well as, with couples. 

My service is located in Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire and offers convenient parking facilities nearby (free parking). Most of my work currently takes place online. 

Cossack Square, Nailsworth, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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I am an EMDR Consultant, a Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Registered Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS) with extensive experience in running specialist supervision groups for complex trauma.

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Dr Claudia Herbert
Dr Claudia Herbert