Claire Allwood MSc BPC registered

Claire Allwood MSc BPC registered

West Kent Mind Sevenoaks Wellbeing Centre
34, St John's Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 3LW

St Benedict's Centre
52 Swan Street
West Malling
Maidstone
Kent
ME19 6JX

07932374815

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West Kent Mind Sevenoaks Wellbeing Centre
34, St John's Road
Sevenoaks
Kent
TN13 3LW

St Benedict's Centre
52 Swan Street
West Malling
Maidstone
Kent
ME19 6JX

07932374815

About me

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 Clinical Supervision approved by the British Psychological Society and have trained in Mentalization-based treatment (MBT) and Structured Clinical Management for borderline personality disorder.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

BPC

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer supervision and reflective practice.

Fees

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

Sevenoaks, TN13 3LW
Maidstone, ME19 6JX

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Availability

I can offer daytime appointments in West Malling; daytime or evening appointments in Sevenoaks or Tonbridge.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I offer clinical supervision to counsellors, therapists and other professionals.

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