Claire Hoad, Bsc (Psych.), Dip. Couns. (CPCAB), MBACP (registered)
I am a qualified Counsellor working with young people and 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 :
- 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 currently at 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 hope to provide practice rooms that are fully accessible for this purpose.
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
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
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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I am currently charging £25 for the first session, and £40 for subsequent sessions. I have a small number of reduced fee places available.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Thursday and Friday 9am - 1pm.
Types of client