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UKCP Registered - Body Psychotherapy

About me

Hello, I'm Claire, an experienced body psychotherapist, working with a mixture of talking therapy and massage, breathing techniques, mindfulness, voice work and simple yoga positions.

I have specialised training in working with trauma and eating disorders as well as more general issues such as depression, chronic pain, unsatisfying relationships or a sense of emptiness or failure.

What difficult times we have been living in...

Battling with things such as a pandemic, climate crisis and even war,  a constant stress to many of us even as we deal with longer-standing personal issues. Therapy can offer no easy solutions, but understanding our anxieties, recognising what matters to us and finding ways to live a fruitful life in spite of all the uncertainties, can make a real difference.

So what is Body Psychotherapy?

Body Psychotherapy works on the premise that our emotional, physical and mental experiences are closely connected. Allowing feelings and thoughts to find words, feeling heard and understood are central to healing, as is having a sense of being at home in our bodies and noticing our physical experience of being in the world. Illness and discomfort can arise from stresses held in the body which may have their roots in recent or long-ago crises. A guided experience of stretching, relaxing or making a sound can help to release them when you are ready.

Weekly sessions are the norm, with a possibility of meeting more or less frequently if needed. In the first session, we talk about why you are seeking therapy, your hopes and fears about it, and what you would like to change in your life. If you are interested in hands-on work, we can try that too in the first session, to get an idea of how it feels to work in this way.

I find that the way I work is safest and most productive face to face, so I don't offer online or phone sessions except occasionally to regular clients. You are welcome to phone me to discuss whether we might work well together, or pop me an email with your details.

Training, qualifications & experience

I gained a MA in Counselling and Psychotherapy from the University of East London in 2008. I trained at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in West London, graduating in 1999. Since 1999 I have been working in private practice, mostly in South East London, and I moved to Cumbria in 2016.

I am insured and a full member of UKCP, abiding by their ethical framework. I have also completed further training, including working with Trauma and Eating Disorders, creative writing, focusing and mindfulness.

I grew up in the South East but have always loved Cumbria and Lancashire, where I have family connections. I had a busy private practice in South London for 16 years before relocating to Grange-Over-Sands.

As well as my psychotherapy work I enjoy writing, singing, yoga, mindfulness and Buddhist meditation, all of which find a place in my work.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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

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UK Council for Psychotherapy

Fees

£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Refugees

Additional information

£50 per hour. Some concessionary sessions are available - please ask.

The free introductory online/telephone meeting lasts around 15 minutes.  Body psychotherapy works best face to face, but occasional or short-term work online is possible in some circumstances.

When I work

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I am currently available on Wednesday and Thursday daytimes / evenings.

Further information

I work from my home, in a first floor room. If you have access or other requirements, please ask and I will try to find a way to meet them.

With COVID continuing and the possibility of restrictions on face-to-face work returning at some point, I suggest that If you are experiencing very debilitating symptoms that are likely to need a long-term course of regular sessions, you look for a therapist who offers online work as the norm.

Glendevon, 6 Fernleigh Road, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria, LA11 7HN

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults

Supervision

In person
Online

I offer supervision to counsellors and psychotherapists with a similar or complementary approach to mine, face to face or online.

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