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 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
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.
Concessions offered for
I am currently charging £30 for the first session, and £45 for subsequent sessions.
Wednesday and Friday 9am - 1pm.
I hold a small number of reduced fee places. Please ask about availability.