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About me

Hello I am Claire, an experienced existential therapist, supervisor and trainer working in central Reading. I offer individual sessions to people who are facing difficulties or challenges in their lives. These could include feelings of sadness, loss, anxiety, depression, guilt or anger. Or it could be relationship difficulties, life transitions, postnatal depression, sexuality issues, fertility problems, lack of confidence, eating problems, addictions or trauma.

As an existential therapist I understand your issues as problems in living and that you live in your own particular context, which includes your relationships to yourself, to others and to the world around you. Therapy offers you the opportunity to talk through events, situations or relationships that are troubling you, in order to 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.

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 a wide range of experience and have worked in a variety of settings such as a GP surgery, MIND, an adult education college and an international university. I have also taught a number of short courses and workshops on existential therapy to different academic institutions and I am Deputy Course leader for the DCPsych programme at NSPC and Middlesex University .  I also have a small private practice where I work as a therapist and supervisor.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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.  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

  • Existential therapy


Additional information

£70 per 50 minute session


I am currently available on Thursdays via zoom

6B Church Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


Dr Claire Arnold-Baker, CPsychol, HCPC and UKCP reg

Dr Claire Arnold-Baker, CPsychol, HCPC and UKCP reg