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(Willingham) MBACP Counsellor and Psychotherapist

About me

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.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

  • £45-£55 for 1 hour session
  • Discounted rates for Children and Young People (Under 18yrs)
  • Discounted rate for Students with evidence of Student Discount Cards

Minerva House, Highweek Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 1TQ

Type of session

In person

Key details

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