Claire Pridham B.A.(Hons) MBACP (Accredited) Individuals/Couples/Supervision
Approaching a counsellor can feel a daunting prospect, but I believe that when you do it is the relationship and joint endeavour between you and your counsellor that can help you gain clarity and provide the support to explore painful issues, life choices or difficulties that you are experiencing. Taking care of our well-being is an important part of our self-development not only in our current life but also for our future life.
Counselling can give time and an opportunity to develop insight and understanding of how you exist in your world and explore aspects of your life that may be inhibiting personal growth and can provide new ways to move forward. This insight is what can make change possible as our patterns of behaviour are explored and understood and as a consequence make it easier to make new choices and decisions.
I understand that the counselling work can be challenging and painful at times but for most people counselling is a life changing, positive experience that creates greater self-awareness and understanding of our world.
I believe and am committed to creating a warm, safe, confidential and empathic space. The model I follow is in Integrative counselling,this means that I draw upon a range of theories, Humanistic, Psychodynamic and Gestalt,to support my work.
I offer counselling for individuals and couples.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified BACP registered counsellor with my own private practice.
I have a First Class BA(Hons) Degree in Integrative-Counselling and an accredited and registered member of the British Association of Psychotherapists and Counsellors(MBACP).
I am also a very experienced Registered General Nurse currently working in Primary Care with over 30 years experience in N.H.S. and Community settings (registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council-NMC)
I have experience of working across a broad spectrum of GP surgeries as an in-house counsellor and also as a counsellor at a top London university, in which I have gained invaluable experience of working with young adults.
My other experiences have included counselling at the City of London Police working alongside their occupational health department and teaching Level 3 counselling students at a London college.
I also work for various insurance companies offering a variety of CBT techniques.
My Integrative training means I have the skills to draw upon a variety of counselling and psychotherapeutic practices such as Humanistic and Psychodynamic theories and CBT.
I am also qualified in Couples counselling and experience as a Co- Facilitator in Group therapy.
As part of my practice I receive ongoing weekly supervision to maintain well-informed, ethical practice. I am also committed to my own continual professional development and regularly attend courses and training forums, alongside reading relevant literature, research and articles as a means of keeping my counselling skills pertinent and up to date.
I am an accredited member of BACP ( British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) which means that I have to fulfill their required criteria annually in order to stay on the accredited register.
I also hold indemnity insurance.
I am also a qualified Counselling Supervisor offering supervision to other qualified counsellors.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have good experience of working with adolescents and young adults from 18 years and above.
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Couples counselling
- Gestalt therapy
£65 per session for Individual counselling daytime/evening
£90 per session for couple counselling
Each session would normally last 50 minutes.
I offer short and long term therapy
I have limited daytime spaces available for means tested clients and students at £45
I offer some Saturday morning clinic for clients who have difficulty attending a week day/evening session.
if you would like to know more about my model of counselling or any other questions you may have I
can spend time via a telephone consultation discussing them with you before the initial assessment session,
I believe this can help the process of approaching a counsellor/counselling in the early stages much less daunting.
I work in a comfortable counselling room in Southfields
I also have a practice in Raynes Park near to Raynes Park mainline station and close to Kingston hospital and the A3. This clinic also offers disabled parking spaces and wheelchair access to the clinic room.
Free parking is available at both practices.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have availability on Wednesday Thursday and Friday daytime, along with a weeklyThursday evening and Saturday morning clinic.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I currently hold a certificate in Integrative Counselling supervision based on The Relational Change model and I am working towards diploma level Supervision.