Claire Lock

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MA, HCPC, MBACP, Reg. Integrative Arts Psychotherapist.
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Bishops Stortford CM23 & Saffron Walden CB11
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This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello and welcome to my profile. I'm Claire an  Integrative  Psychotherapist/Arts Therapist working with adults and young people.

If you've arrived here, you're most likely contemplating some kind of change. You may feel that you can't carry on as you are, or you may be curious to discover more about yourself. 

Perhap's you are feeling anxious, depressed or overwhelmed, are managing a difficult situation or relationship or are struggling with a sense of purpose and meaning in life. However you arrive, I will meet you with warmth, curiosity and a willingness to discover what makes you thrive.

In the comfortable rooms I work from in Bishops Stortford, I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space for you to explore whatever it is that troubles you and the change you are hoping for. Working together we can develop a shared understanding of the situation you find yourself in, so that you can find your own meanings and ways past the difficulties you are experiencing.  

My approach is authentic, empathic and curious, with the intention of building strong and collaborative working relationships. I will support you to explore how your past may be causing issues in the present, to gain clarity and insight and to rediscover and develop the resources you need to live a happier, fuller life. 

I believe that each person’s lived experience is unique and my integrative training enables me to draw on a wide range of therapeutic perspectives to find a way of working together that best suits your needs.  As it is not always easy to find words to express your experience, if you choose I am able to incorporate a range of creative approaches into our work. These include, but are not limited to, arts and creative expression, meditation and visualisation, sand-tray therapy, movement and body work as well as working with dreams and metaphor. 

To find out more about the service I offer please visit my website. 

Getting Started

Deciding to go to counselling can be a difficult first step. Some people find the idea of therapy daunting whilst others feel a sense of failure if they haven't resolved their problems by themselves.  I fully recognise the courage it takes to look for professional help and the importance of choosing a therapist who you feel is right for you. 

With this in mind, I offer an initial, free, half-hour telephone consulation so you can establish whether my approach might be of help to you. If you would then like to proceed, our first session is an opportunity to discuss your needs and situation in detail, explore any questions you have and to see whether you will feel comfortable working with me. 

I have been honoured to work with a diverse range of clients and have experience with both short and long term work.  I offer face-to-face sessions in a peaceful, private setting in Bishop's Stortford and online sessions via Zoom .

Training, qualifications & experience

MA (Distinction) Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. (IATE)
Advanced Diploma in the Therapeutic and Educational application of the Arts. (IATE)
Certificate in Counselling Skills. (IATE)

B.A. Primary Education. (Goldsmiths College)

My experience of working in the NHS and in voluntary community settings has seen me successfully work with individuals and groups with a wide range of presenting issues including;  long term and chronic anxiety and depression, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, trauma, grief and loss and family and relationship problems. 

In addition to my private practice I currently work with individuals and groups at a Cambridge based charity.  I have a lifetime of involvement in the arts in various capacities, including in my previous career as a primary school teacher.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

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£80.00 - £100.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Low income rate: Set to a sliding scale - please enquire

When I work

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Further information

As a Member of BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), I am bound by its Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy and am subject to their professional conduct procedures.  I have regular supervision with a UKCP registered supervisor and am committed to ongoing professional development. 

16B Hockerill Street, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 2DW

Saffron Walden, Essex, CB11

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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