Claire Hoad

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Bsc (Psych.), Dip. Couns. (CPCAB), MBACP (registered)
Available for new clients
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Devizes SN10 & Bradford On Avon BA15
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a qualified Counsellor working with adults offering both long term and short term therapy. I am Person Centred in my approach, and can offer help with a range of areas including :

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • bereavement
  • trauma
  • abuse
  • eating disorders
  • bi polar disorder – and many more.

However, I like to see beyond labels and look towards the whole person underneath.

I seek to provide a safe, supportive and non-judgmental space to talk, where you can reflect on any difficulties or life concerns that may be troubling you. I offer a warm and gentle approach to counselling. Beginning from a Person Centred place, I work in a responsive and integrative way - taking the feel of what you need as the guide.

I believe that the relationship between counsellor and client holds the power to heal and make change possible. Together we begin a journey, building the trust between us as we go along. We discover your inner resources and strengths, and might uncover hidden patterns of relating and behaving. This can bring about an understanding of the Self. This process can take time, so I offer an open ended form of counselling, where the counselling space is yours for as long as you need it.

Taking the first steps can be daunting, but if you are looking at this website - you are well on the way. The next step is to email me using the link here, and we can set up an initial session at a mutually agreeable time. At this first session, we can talk together about what your expectations and goals are. If we both feel that we can work together, further sessions can be set up from there.

Training, qualifications & experience

I previously worked as a 1:1 counsellor for Wiltshire Mind (nearly four years) and Olive Branch Counselling. This work has involved providing counselling to people with a variety of mental health issues.

I have an interest in working to support carers, having spent many years working in health and social care, and social service sectors. I have worked in elderly peoples homes, with people who have learning disabilities, and with children/young adults with profound physical and learning disabilites. I am very keen to combine my experiences, and demonstrate how  counselling can be used with these groups. 

I have full professional liability insurance

I am a registered member of the BACP, so adhere to their code of ethics.

Bsc Psychology (Hons) University of Hertfordshire
Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate of Higher Education in Humanistic Counselling
Counselling skills Levels 1-3

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I work within most areas of counselling, but also have an interest in working with carers and/or people with disability.

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£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Wednesday (morning and afternoon) in Devizes,

Friday (morning and afternoon) in Bradford on Avon 

Additional  times may be available in Devizes following consultation 

Further information

I hold a small number of reduced fee places. Please ask about availability.

41 St. Johns Street, Devizes, Wiltshire, SN10 1BL

Bradford On Avon, Wiltshire, BA15

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

Premises in Bradford on Avon are fully accessible Premises in Devizes are accessed by stairs only

Claire Hoad
Claire Hoad