Claire Bloxsom Clin.Dip (Postgrad.) MBACP (Reg. Counsellor) PhD (Psychology)
5 Pelham Crescent
I provide counselling in Leicester and Nottingham. My focus is on helping you to make change, gain new insights about yourself and others, to feel happier, and to develop a greater sense of wellbeing.
What to expect from Counselling:
Counselling aims to enhance and develop your sense of wellbeing to support you towards the life changes you hope for. We all experience problems in life, and sometimes it really helps to have space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Counselling involves working with an unbiased and qualified professional in a safe, predictable, and confidential environment, typically weekly, for an agreed period of time.
Whilst counselling can be an effective process and can provide you with the opportunity for change, it isn’t always easy - it's important to feel challenged within a safe and supportive environment. Commitment and work are inevitably needed. You may want to work on one specific issue over a short period of time, or you may want to engage with longer term in-depth work. You may have a sense of how long you are looking to work for, but it's equally fine to not really know, and we can take things in stages. However, for whatever length of time we work with, we will regularly review the sessions and the work we are doing.
How I work:
I am an integrative counsellor, and work face-to-face and one-to-one with adults (18+). The heart of my therapeutic approach appreciates our uniqueness as individuals and on your developing sense of ‘psychological integration’. This means that I would help you to consider ways in which you might experience a deeper sense of wholeness, connection, and comfort within yourself. I consider each therapy relationship to be unique, and therefore I can draw on a wide variety of theoretical approaches to help us reflect on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour may interact, converge, or diverge. For example, I appreciate the importance of the mind (thoughts), body (physiological experience), socio-political culture, how we make meaning in our life, our ‘spiritual’ and/or creative selves, and how all these aspects can impact us in our everyday lives.
We all take in messages of some sort from the world and we will have our own way of reacting to these. These messages might be explicit and direct or implicit, say through body language, and might come from our parents, peers, siblings, larger family, from society as a whole, the media, or from our culture. Sometimes the messages we take in are supportive and helpful, but other times they may not support our needs and identity and might create difficult feelings and a sense of unease.
I have experience of both long and short-term work. I'm open to working creatively, and consider the potential role of metaphor, symbolism, the arts, and the language of our body in addition to an explicit verbal narrative. As a focus of our work would be to support your personal empowerment, I cannot 'tell you' what to do. Instead, I will offer suggestions and feedback that we can evaluate together. My general style is humanistic and I work relationally: This means that I value the process of the therapy relationship we create together in order to explore insights into your life. I am open-minded, warm, and collaborative in my working approach.
Training, qualifications & experience
Clinical Counselling qualifications:
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Cert. Couns) (University of Leicester)
- Postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) (Metanoia Institute, London) leading to MBACP.
I am a qualified Counsellor registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP). I have a Certificate in Counselling from The University of Leicester and a postgraduate Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) from the Metanoia Institute in London. I have some specialist experience working with HIV positive clients. I am currently in the final months of completing a Msc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Insitute, London, which will lead to UKCP accreditation on top of my BACP registration.
I worked as a Senior Lecturer in Psychology in the University Sector for over 10 years, and remain affiliated to an East Midlands University, providing and supporting lecturing and training.
In addition to my private practice, I currently work with the Terrence Higgins Trust Nottingham as a counsellor. I also volunteer and assess 2 hours per week at Leicester Counselling Centre, and work as a consultant psychology trainer.
My other non-clinical qualifications include: BSc. (Hons) Psychology (University College London), Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE) (Nottingham Trent University) leading to Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
Ph.D in Psychology (University of Leicester). I am also a Chartered Psychologist (Academic- training and research route).
I am insured, have previously had full / enhanced DBS checks, and have regular clinical supervision with UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapists. I have experienced regular, weekly counselling and psychotherapy myself as a client for several years as part of training and can therefore appreciate the process from both standpoints. I work within the BACP and UKCP ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of experience/ specialist experience:
- I have past experience working with clients with an HIV diagnosis as a Buddy in the 1990s, and now continue to work with HIV positive clients as a counsellor. I have a special interest in working with long-term survivors of HIV, and in understanding and managing HIV related stigma.
- I am a qualified higher education lecturer in psychology and have worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education as a tutor, academic supervisor, examiner, course team member, and senior lecturer for several years. Therefore I have a good understanding of student needs, both in adapting to university and throughout the educational process.
- I have a special interest in working with Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, Assexual clients (LGBT+), who I feel are under-represented in Counselling practice.
- I am a member of the Terrence Higgins Trust.
- I am a member of the Leicester Counselling Centre.
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- My current standard fee for individual counselling is £45 per session
- Fee for the first face-to-face session is at a reduced fee of £30. You are under no obligation to continue after this first session.
- Fees are payable by cash or via a bank transfer arrangement.
- For those on benefits or who receive a low income, I am willing to negotiate concessions/ sliding scale of fees for appointments before 5pm. All concessionary rates are individual and dependent on financial circumstances. Please enquire.
- Once we have made an agreement to start counselling, I reserve a time for you. I therefore need 48 hours notice for any appointment you cancel please, otherwise the fee is chargeable at the agreed usual rate.
I am a member of other professional bodies in addition to the BACP:
- Metanoia Insitute, Ealing, London, and also follow their ethical framework. I am currently in the last stages of completing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute, which will lead to full UKCP membership, in addition to my BACP registration. I therefore also follow UKCP ethics.
- United Kingdom Association of Psychotherapy Integration.
I am available for face-to face counselling at the following locations (please note I am unable to provide online/text or phone counselling):
This practice is located in the Crescent on King Street in the centre of Leicester. There is some on-street parking and there are various car parks within walking distance. My practice is on the second floor. There is a lift and there are toilets available.
My practice in Nottingham is located in The Park, (accessible from the right half of Cavendish Crescent North NG7, off North Road - turn right off North Road after Pelham Crescent). You will be able to park outside the practice for your sessions without cost (I will need to give you a pass to put in your car). Please note I often work on the third floor of the practice and there is no lift, if this would be a problem, please let me know on enquiry and I will try to reserve a room on a lower floor. Toilets are available.
If you would like to explore working with me, please do contact me, and we can decide whether or not to move forward with an initial session. In your initial contact please let me know if you are looking for counselling in either Leicester or Nottingham. An initial session would be an opportunity for us to explore your aims and needs and to get a feel for what it would be like to work together. I am able to suggest alternative counsellors if necessary and useful.
I do not have the facility to work with clients in crisis and I cannot work in this way: If you feel in crisis, please contact your GP as soon as possible, GP out of hours service, NHS 111, the Samaritans on 116 123, or SANEline on 0300 304 7000 (6-11pm).
If you are a man, you can contact CALM, which is a charity specifically supporting mental health in men. https://www.thecalmzone.net/help/get-help/ (5pm-midnight).
If necessary please go to your local Accident and Emergency department (if you cannot go on your own ask a friend or safe other to take you there). If you are unable to get to A and E and you feel you need to go, and all other options have not worked, call 999 for an ambulance.
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