Claire Jacques, Clin. Dip, BA (Hons), MBACP (Reg)
OTS - Oxford Therapy Centre
1st Floor, 142-144 Oxford Road
13 Charles Street
I am a BACP registered and qualified counsellor with a private practice in East Oxford offering short term and long term counselling/therapy for individuals.
Why come to counselling?
We can all go through difficult times and experience painful emotions. Sometimes we can manage our difficulties by talking them through with friends and family. However, this may not always be possible and you might feel stuck, isolated or overwhelmed. It is at times like these that it can be helpful, even a relief, to get a fresh perspective and seek support from a counsellor, who can provide you with a safe and confidential space to explore your thoughts, feelings and experiences.
What I offer
I work in a compassionate, non- judgmental and respectful way with clients from all walks of life on a wide range of psychological and emotional issues. These include:
- relationship difficulties
- difficulty expressing feelings; feeling numb
- difficulty regulating and controlling emotions
- shame and guilt
- low self-esteem
- identity (cultural/gender/sexuality)
- coping with chronic illness
- career/life decisions
- work-related issues (stress, bullying)
I have worked in the legal profession for many years before training to be a counsellor and so understand the challenges of working in a high pressured professional environment. I recognise the impact this can have at times on emotional wellbeing and the issues that may arise from a conflict between your work environment and personal life. I have brought together my corporate and counselling perspectives through my work at the charity Lawcare, where, since 2012, I have provided support to legal professionals experiencing difficulties at work and with their emotional health.
What can you expect?
I work as an integrative therapist which means I have been trained in a range of psychotherapeutic approaches and am able to tailor my approach to fit your specific needs. As we explore your current difficulties we may look at the emotional, social and physical aspects of your experience. We will look at your present as well as your past experiences, which influence how you live now and the relationships you have with other people.
Working collaboratively in this way can help you make sense of what you are feeling and why, giving you a deeper understanding of yourself, finding new ways to cope, and different ways of responding to your current difficulties.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Metanoia Institute).
- Foundation certificate in counselling and psychotherapy (Regents College, London, School of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
- Registered member of BACP. I abide by the BACP guidelines for ethical and professional conduct.
In addition to my private client work I have worked in the charitable sector as a counsellor at the Metanoia Counselling and Psychotherapy Service (Ealing, London) and The Listening Centre (as a counsellor and assessor) which offers a low-cost counselling service in Oxford.
From 2009 onwards I spent several years working in the community with Mind supporting people with severe and enduring mental health diagnoses. This was the catalyst for embarking on my first counselling training in 2011. I also have previous experience of working in psychiatric settings (in-patient and out-patient).
I have headed up diversity & inclusion groups in organisations since 2007 and so working with and respecting difference is a core part of my practice. I am also familiar with mentoring and coaching approaches.
My work is fully insured and supervised by an experienced UKCP and BACP registered psychotherapist.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£45 for a 50-minute session. Concessionary rates are occasionally available for students and people on lower incomes (please enquire).
I offer appointments on Monday evenings, Wednesday afternoons and Friday mornings.
If you are considering counselling/therapy but are not sure if it is right for you, we can arrange an initial consultation to discuss your concerns. An initial consultation carries no obligation to continue.
I am a professional member of Oxford Therapy and Self-Development Centre (OTS). OTS provides me with a network of therapists that I can refer clients to if my list is full or if I feel an individual needs specialist help that I am not trained to provide. OTS is also committed to finding affordable solutions for those unable to meet the costs associated with therapy and so if my low cost places are filled I am also able to refer on to other therapists who provide a low cost service.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Monday evenings, Wednesday afternoons, Friday mornings
Types of client