Claire Cook (Willingham) MBACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist
My name is Claire. I'm a qualified, practicing, registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist based in Newton Abbot, Devon.
Counselling is not only helpful for traumatic life events, it can also help when you are at a crossroads, feeling stuck or having a huge sense that life is not what it could be.
Finding the right person for you, is the most important.
I am aware that for many it's a big step to seek the help and support of a counsellor. However, finding the right person can feel like searching for a needle in haystack. Sometimes when feeling emotional unease, such as depression, anxiety, relationship or work issues, making any decision can be difficult. So I will aim to keep things simple, informative and as jargon-free as possible.
The uniqueness of the therapeutic relationship is like no other kind of relationship. It is a professional ethical contract where you will be valued, respected and listened to, in confidence and absolutely without judgement. Your lifestyle, your principles and your right to make your own decisions will be compassionately and respectively valued.
As a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) I adhere to their Code of Ethics and Framework for good practice. I work in a variety of ways to suit each individual person, be that CBT, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt and person centered. I like to encourage my clients to explore their issues and work towards a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
Counselling is a chance for you to explore unwanted and difficult emotions whilst feeling supported and safe. Together we look at finding your inner strengths so that you can build on them and begin to utilise them in everyday life, developing greater self awareness.
Please feel free to contact me and we can have an initial conversation about whether counselling may be appropriate for you. This initial conversation can be face to face or via email or telephone. Whatever makes you feel most comfortable and makes that initial step feel less daunting. I really look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I currently work at a local College, working therapeutically and creatively with Children and Young People, aged 11-18yrs.
- Advanced Specialist Diploma, Level 5 - Psychotherapeutic Counselling - 2019
- Advanced Diploma, Level 4 - Working with Children and Young People 2019
- Mental Health First Aid - Torbay Hospital - 2017
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Level 4 - The Iron Mill, Exeter 2013
- Certificate in Counselling - The Open University, 2012
I specialise in a number of areas including working with Children and Young People. I have over 20 years experience of working with Victims and Offenders of Domestic and Sexual abuse and rape. Including the courts and criminal justice procedures.
I have worked for Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, NHS, Sexual Assault Referral Centres and Domestic Abuse services in a specialised role offering support to victims, working closely with offenders in an attempt to understand their behaviours, and in the hope of change.
I have attended Home Office Serious Crime training which has equipped me with a greater understanding of working with victims and offenders of this crime and the trauma experienced as a result of being subjected to domestic and or sexual abuse and rape. I have completed various "Working with Surviors of Sexual Assault and Rape" training and attended a number of conferences hosted by a lead Sexualised trauma expert Zoe Lodderick.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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