Claire Allwood MSc BPC registered
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist and counsellor working with both individuals and groups. I have several years' experience working in the NHS with adults suffering with complex needs and personality disorders. I teach trainee counsellors and supervise qualified counsellors in a community counselling service.
Prior to my psychodynamic training, I worked for several years in the field of substance-misuse with adults, young people and families. I am experienced at working with people in distress and struggling with a wide range of difficulties.
Therapy is an opportunity to explore and find words for our experiences, thoughts, feelings and behaviours; both those we are aware of and those of which we are less conscious. This can help us to process our experience, including that which is painful and traumatic.
Therapy can help us to understand ourselves; our thinking, behaviour and relationships better, thus enabling constructive change in our lives. We can move beyond stuck, repetitive and self-destructive patterns of relating to ourselves and others, to new and healthier possibilities.
I am committed to providing a safe, compassionate, non-judgmental and confidential space within which this process can occur.
I offer both longer-term open-ended work and brief focused therapy.
I also offer supervision to therapists and to other professionals including psychologists and youth workers. This may be regular ongoing work or a briefer period of consultation.
I have a practice based at The St Benedict’s Centre in West Malling (in the grounds of Malling Abbey) close to Maidstone, Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells. Free parking available on site. I also work from West Kent Mind's Wellbeing Centres in Sevenoaks and Tonbridge (TN9 2LD).
If you would like to explore the possibility of therapy or supervision, do contact me. I look forward to speaking with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I completed an MSc in Psychodynamic Counselling at Birkbeck College, University of London in 2007 and am registered with the British Psychoanalytic Council. I abide by their Code of Ethics. I have a Certificate in Supervision from the Society of Analytical Psychology and have trained in Mentalization-based treatment (MBT) and Structured Clinical Management for borderline personality disorder. I have completed a Foundation Course in Group Analysis at the Institute of Group Analysis, London.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Dependent personality disorder
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer supervision and reflective practice.
My standard fee is £45 per 50 minute individual session.
I charge £60 for an initial consultation and allow two sessions for this, to enable us to consider whether we can work well together and to explore any questions or concerns you may have about therapy. If you decide to proceed, we will then agree a regular time, either once or twice weekly to meet. This will be at the same time each week.
My standard fee for group therapy is £30 per 90 minute session.
I have some reduced-fee places for those who are unemployed, studying or on a low income, so please discuss this with me if this is relevant to you. There may be a waiting-time for these places.
For supervision I charge £45 per 50 minute meeting.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime appointments in West Malling; daytime or evening appointments in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, therapists and other professionals.View supervision profile