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MBACP

About me

I'm Claire,  currently offering my  counselling sessions via Zoom, phone, or face to face (if you feel comfortable with this).

We're living in difficult times at the moment and many of the clients I see report feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, a lack of self confidence and for some, anger. "I just want to feel get my mojo back" as one client said.

I offer a non judgemental space where you can talk honestly and openly about anything that is bothering you. It could be because of something that has happened recently, or way back in the past: it really doesn't matter. and I won't judge you.

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 to continue on your own

You will be OK.

It takes courage to get started, but I promise to be alongside you every step of the way, not judging you, and not budging until you want me too. Everything is kept confidential. I also practice strictly ethically, in adherence with BACP guidelines and am underpinned by insurance and supervision.

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

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MBACP (Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • 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 MIND Hereford
  • Volunteer Cruse Bereavement counsellor
  • Breathworks Mindfulness training (first stage)
  • BA (Hons) from Kings College London
  • AKC (Associate of Kings College)
  • Post graduate diploma in business and management studies (Bristol Polytechnic, as it was then) and Post graduate diploma in Counselling (Bristol University).

I came to counselling and Mindfulness practice after a 30 year career in market research, involving conducting literally thousands of focus groups and face to face interviews finding out what people wanted, and how they felt about everything from shaving to mobile phones and beer, schools and the education system.

The best thing about these 30 years was having the privilege to enter people's lives and have extended face to face conversations with them. As well learning a huge amount about them, it gave me strong listening skills and an easy approachability which I believe serve me well in the counselling room.

I have not yet talked to thousands of counselling clients, (and nor will I ever talk to this many!) but I hope that for those to whom I do speak, our conversations will result in their lives being truly enhanced in some way - in ways that really count.

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Anxiety, stress, anger and sadness are all are as within which I work, but something which is often associated with these is LOSS, which is a particular area of interest, experience and specialism of mine.  By LOSS I mean it in very broad terms, so it could be bereavement, or it could be loss of job, status, financial status, home, country, partner/friend, family, or health/disability (with personal experience to underpin many of these). Your own experiences are unique to you, but not to humankind!

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

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

After this, my standard charge is £50 per 50 minute session.

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

When I work

Whenever best suits you, Call to discuss availability and your preference for face to face, phone, or Zoom.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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