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 accredited counsellor with 15 years experience. I have 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 35 years experience in N.H.S. and Community settings (registered with Nursing and Midwifery Council-NMC)
I am also currently working within the Occupational Health team as an in-house counsellor at the City of London Police
I have experience of working across a broad spectrum of GP surgeries counselling a wide range of issues.and also at a top London university as an in-house counsellor,in which I have gained invaluable experience of working with young adults.
My other experiences have also included teaching Level 3 counselling to 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.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have good experience of working with adolescents and young adults from 18 years and above.
£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 £50
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 have availability on Wednesday and Friday daytime, along with a weekly Wednesday evening and Saturday morning clinic.
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.