Claire Kerby

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MBACP NCPS Accredited
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Hereford, HR2
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This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I'm Claire, and I've LOTS of of 'lived experience'

I'm an ex London based international  researcher, who retrained as a Counsellor 12 years ago having gone through numerous losses along the way. Cutting out lots of life detail, I now live in rural Herefordshire with 'good' Multiple Sclerosis, which I've had for about six years, accepting its impact (slightly begrudgingly tbh), looking forward to its cure, and trying to make the best of life in the meantime.

Maybe you, or someone close to you, has had an unwanted loss or medical diagnosis, or are currently living with chronic illness. I know how this can feel and understand how it can be very challenging in its unpredictability with one day (hour, minute) being quite unlike the next.

If it's something affecting you, for whatever reason, you don't need to handle it all on your own.  I'm very happy to talk and share some of the load. You just have to take that first step and pick up the phone or send that email and we can take things from there. Maybe you want to offload on someone who will be kind, compassionate, and have some real life experience of whatever it is you're going through. Possibly it's a one-off conversation and that's all you need, maybe it's more - we won't know until we talk!

I've been in private practice for over twelve years now, I'm fully qualified as an integrative counsellor, and I see adults from 16 upwards who are wanting change and/or insight into their lives for a whole variety of reasons. I'll listen to you without judgement, and help you find a different direction.  

Who I talk to, where, when and how

My counselling sessions can be held face to face (mostly in Hereford), but are more commonly virtual. My insurance covers me to work globally (including US). Talking over the phone is fine too: whatever you’re most comfortable with.

I always suggest that we have an initial phone conversation lasting 10- 20 minutes so that we can introduce ourselves to each other and you can give me some idea as to what has brought you to this point. You can find out more about me too. I don't charge for this call. We'll then discuss the best way to move forward: meeting face to face in Hereford, talking on the phone or talking virtually via Whereby/Facetime/WhatsApp/whatever.  I'm very flexible re my working hours too - day or evenings and very occasionally weekends.

Over the course of anything from just one or two sessions to more,  working  together we will seek ways of reaching a point where you have the confidence and strength, to continue on your own

I practice strictly ethically, in adherence with BACP guidelines, I'm underpinned by insurance and supervision and maintain  confidentiality at all times (apart from within certain limitations) .

Take that final step and text or call me, I really look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My key training and qualifications are listed below, with recent areas of interest and exploration following:

  • MBACP (Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (Accredited member)
  • Member of the Private Practice Group within the BACP
  • Key counselling training: Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling from University of Bristol 2012, (an integrative course) which included additional training in areas such as Systems, Gestalt, Psychodynamics, and CBT
  • Currently volunteer with HvOSS (Hereford)
  • Ex volunteer Cruse Bereavement
  • Ex volunteer with Safe Haven (MIND, Hereford)
  • Breathworks Mindfulness teacher training (first stage)
  • BA (Hons) from Kings College London

I currently have two main roles: my private practice and work for PsyCoach carrying out TV participant support and assessments for a variety of TV production companies. 

Counselling CPD I have undertaken in the last 3-4 months has included the following:

  • Am I OK, are you OK?  Anxiety in an uncertain world (Pesi, Sept 23)
  • Exploring the Mother Wound (Inspire CPD for Therapists, Oct 23)
  • Introduction to working with Trauma (IronMill College, Oct 23)
  • Working with Nesting Dolls, Shells and other objects (Inspire CPD for Therapists, Nov 23)
  • The Body Keeps the Score Trauma Conference with Bessel van der Kolk (Pesi, December 23)
  • Using Compassion Focused Therapy for Trauma (Pesi, Jan 24)
  • Finding meaning in loss: the sixth stage of grief (scheduled February 24)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

NCPS
National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS)

The National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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).

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National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society

Fees

£40.00 - £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

An initial 30 minute phone conversation is suggested for which no charge is made.

After this, my charges range from £40.00 to £85 per 50 minute session.

If you feel costs are a deterrent, you can always have less frequent sessions, so fortnightly rather than weekly for example. Always say if cost is an issue: I don't want people to feel help is out of reach.

Some discounted rates are available including the option to join a waiting list.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Counselling sessions carried out on Zoom, by telephone, email or Facetime / Whatsapp / whatever works for you.