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About me

I am currently offering online and face to to face sessions. I am a trained and registered Counsellor and Psychotherapist and offer therapy services to; adults, couples, parents and groups. I have extensive experience of working with a variety of different methods and approaches, these include; Transactional Analysis, Existentialism, Relational, Developmental and Attachment. I believe it is important to work with you as an individual and will combine the approach to best serve you.

Clients that tend to come to see me come from the local and surrounding areas of Hilton, Etwall, Hatton, Tutbury, Ashbourne, Uttoxeter, Burton-on-Trent and Derby.
As well as owning a Private Psychotherapeutic Practice for over 10 years, I have previously worked for; the NHS as a Staff Psychotherapist, Manchester Cognitive Behaviour Therapy Centre as a Clinical Supervisor for CAMHS and as an Associate Trainer for a training company working with businesses. Most recently I worked for an Independent Fostering Organisation, managing a small Therapeutic Team as a Regional Therapeutic Manager. The therapeutic service I offered included; training, supervision and consultations for Foster Parents, Social Workers and Managers.


I have particular experience of working with issues such as; relationships, affairs, low self esteem, parenting, trauma, depression, fostering, anxiety, anger management, sexual abuse, grief, bereavement and difficulties around being on the Autistic Spectrum.

It is important for you to connect with your Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I will offer you a consultation for 30 to 40 to minutes initially at a cost of £35, to help you decide if I am the therapist for you. This will allow you to discuss your issue with me, understand how I work and for us both to decide if we would like to work together.

I work from an office in my home in Foston in Derbyshire, that offers you a comfortable, peaceful and secure environment. I also have use of the garden if you prefer to have your sessions outside in nature. There is parking at my premises and there is a bus route close by.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc in Clinical Psychotherapy & Counselling (currently)
  • Certified Transactional Analysis (CTA) (currently)
  • Diploma in Counselling (Transactional Analysis)
  • Certificate in Foundation TA
  • Certificate in working with Depression
  • Certificate in working with Children & Young People
  • Diploma in Psychotherapeutics
  • Diploma in Life Coaching
  • Certificate in Social Work
  • HND Psychology


  • Member BACP (MBACP)
  • UKCP
  • ITA
  • EATA
  • ITAA

I have an enhanced DBS check and am insured. I have regular supervision and I am continually updating my skills and knowledge for my practice.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with Parenting, in particular; behaviour, emotional and social difficulties, Autistic Spectrum, ADHD and Sensory Processing. I also have experience in working with couples relationships issues and family problems.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis


Additional information

Counselling/Psychotherapy (60 minutes)

  • Individuals - £50
  • Couples - £60

Group Therapy (2.5 hours)

  • Individuals - £25


I am available for a number of sessions in the daytime & evenings on; Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.

Further information

I am also available to offer workshops, training and coaching around practical mindfulness, attachment issues, self-development or parenting. Please contact me for more information.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Claire Graves MBACP Psychotherapist for Adults, Couples & Parents

Claire Graves MBACP Psychotherapist for Adults, Couples & Parents