Dr Claire Appleton Chartered Clinical Psychologist
I am an experienced chartered clinical psychologist working with adults from 18 up seeking psychological therapy and counselling.
I am able to help people with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, loss and bereavement, trauma, adjustment to physical illness, relationship difficulties, dealing with transitions such as going to university, retirement and much more.
I provide psychodynamic psychotherapy, this is a longer term treatment which can be particularly helpful in understanding relationship difficulties.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy draws on theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis. It is a therapeutic process which helps patients understand and resolve their problems by increasing awareness of their inner world and its influence over relationships both past and present. It differs from most other therapies in aiming for deep seated change in personality and emotional development.
As well as my therapy service I provide specialist supervision to counsellors, therapists and psychologists who may wish to develop their skills in either psychodynamic ways of thinking and/ or work with older people.
I abide by the highest ethical standards and am accountable to several regulatory bodies.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 2001 and have worked in a range of settings over the past 20 years including older adult services, a regional psychotherapy service and health psychology.
Training in clinical psychology is extensive and involves completion of both undergraduate and doctoral level training which takes at least 6 years. As a profession it is regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) And the British Psychological Society (BPS). I have also undertaken further specialist training in psychodynamic psychotherapy and am accredited by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). I am a member of the North of England Association for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists (NEAPP).
Prior to this training I also obtained a Master of Philosophy in child head injury.
My two areas of particular expertise are psychodynamic psychotherapy and working with older adults.
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Fridays 9-5 pm
For more information about the services I offer please visit my website at www.appletontherapy.co.uk