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About me

Hello I am Claire, an experienced existential therapist, supervisor and trainer working online. I specialise in working with mothers who are experiencing difficulties or struggles after the birth of their baby, such as postnatal depression or anxiety, birth trauma or parenting issues.  I also work with women or mothers during pregnancy, or who are having fertility problems, or who have suffered a miscarriage or still birth.  I also help women talk through issues around conception, motherhood identity and balancing mothering and working.

As an existential therapist I understand how motherhood is a vulnerable time in a women’s life.  It is a life changing experience which can affect every area of your life; from your body, your relationships, your sense of identity, thoughts and feelings and also your sense of purpose and how you create meaning in life.  Women often feel like they are entering an unknown world when they become a mother.  I aim to help you understand your experiences and to gain a new perspective.  Often mothers feel that their expectations have been challenged as have their values and beliefs.  Through the therapy you can get a better sense of how your life and your sense of yourself has changed, which can help you find new ways of coping with the challenges that you face.  I offer a safe, supportive and non-judgemental space to allow you to explore what is troubling you and in doing so gain a deeper understanding of yourself, your life and other people. Through exploring and clarifying your experience and feelings, it is possible to find new meanings in life and new possibilities and choices can open up where none seemed possible before.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a bachelor's degree in Psychology, an MA in existential psychotherapy and counselling from the University of Sheffield and a DCPsych in counselling psychology and psychotherapy from Middlesex University. I am a Chartered counselling psychologist, registered with HCPC and a UKCP registered existential psychotherapist and supervisor and clinical member of the universities psychotherapy and counselling association (UPCA) and abide by these codes of ethics and practice.

I have over 15 years experience working in private practice as well as a wide range of experience of different settings such as a GP surgery, MIND, an adult education college and an international university. I completed my doctoral research into the experience of first-time mothers and have also written on this topic.

I have also taught a number of short courses and workshops on existential therapy to different academic institutions and I am Course leader for the DCPsych programme at NSPC and Middlesex University, where I am also the Academic Director.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I specialise in working with mothers who need support for perinatal or postnatal depression or anxiety, birth trauma or parenting issues.  I also support women who have experienced loss through miscarriage and still birth or through infertility. I also support mothers who are adjusting to becoming a mother and who would like to explore their experience, in terms of their identity, feelings and emotions.

Therapies offered

Fees

£60.00 per session

EAP/Health Insurance Providers

  • Aviva
  • AXA PPP
  • BUPA

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am currently available on Thursdays via zoom

6B Church Street
Reading
Berkshire
RG1 2SB

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom

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Dr Claire Arnold-Baker

Dr Claire Arnold-Baker