Claire Mackintosh

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Thurston, Suffolk, IP31
Available for new clients
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About me

I am qualified in both psychodynamic counselling and in CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy), this allows me to tailor treatment to your specific needs.

I hold a strong belief that we should all have the opportunity to experience peace and balance in our lives, much of this begins with ourselves and our perceptions.  

As part of this, however, evolution has thrown us a few curve balls in terms of our brain development and we need to be able to know an understand those in order to support ourselves to live in a calm and balanced way.

Whatever you present with, we would take time to understand this together, with me sharing ways and us exploring together how you can understand and regulate your emotions more effectively.

After this, depending on what you feel you need support with, we collaboratively decide on the best next steps for our work.  

Working psychodynamically, means we can look  at current 'ways of being' and be curious about their origins, challenging some of those long held beliefs if they are causing difficulty day to day.

My CBT background means we can treat disorders such as depression, GAD (generalised anxiety disorder), social phobia, health anxiety, OCD & PTSD.

Beginning therapy can often seem incredibly daunting, some of us may have tried previously with no positive effect, its imperative you have a 'good fit' with your therapist; for this reason I offer an initial 15 minute consultation which is free of charge to get an idea if I feel I can support you effectively, for you to decide if you feel we would be a good fit for one another and if now is the right time for you to begin therapy.

Client testimonials can be found on my website.

Training, qualifications & experience

I currently work in an NHS IAPT service as a High-Intensity CBT therapist, alongside my own private practice.

Prior to my role as a counsellor and CBT therapist, I worked in schools as an Emotional Wellbeing Support worker with children aged 5 to 16, and before that, as an Infant Feeding Support worker in the maternity ward of a local hospital.

I hold a degree in Psychology & Early Childhood Studies and an MSc in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy & Psychodynamic Counselling.

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Accredited register membership

National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society
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£75.00 - £85.00
Free initial telephone session

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Vitality

Additional information

I offer a free 15 minute consultation by telephone to hear a bit more about what's currently difficult and to decide if we think I could help.

Online sessions, via Teams are charged £75

In person sessions, at The Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds are charged at £85

Sessions are 50 minutes long

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

I work online via teams, or I offer face to face from the Self Centre in Bury St Edmunds. 

Thurston, Suffolk, IP31

Type of session

In person

Types of client

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

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