Dr Claire Mansfield - Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, PsychD, MA, BSc)
Dr Claire Mansfield - Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, PsychD, MA, BSc
I offer counselling and therapy and a compassionate and sensitive approach for a wide range of personal and emotional difficulties. Based in Berkhamsted, I adapt my sessions to suit the individual client. I work collaboratively with clients to bring resolution, insight and change to emotional and psychological difficulties. Clients choose whether they want short-term or long-term therapy and I will discuss the various therapeutic approaches available.
I will ask you questions about the problems you are experiencing and your aims for therapy, in order to develop a therapeutic approach tailored to your specific difficulties and needs. Counselling and therapy enables individuals to talk about painful or difficult experiences in a safe and confidential setting. It may enable you to find new ways of coping or to think about changes that you may want to make. I understand that many individuals come to therapy in distress. I offer clients sensitivity, care and respect and have the highest regard for ethical and non-discriminatory practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and accreditation
I hold a professional doctorate degree in counselling psychology (PsychD), a masters degree in cultural analysis and an undergraduate degree in psychology. I have trained in many models of psychotherapy including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy and mentalization based treatment. I am accredited by the British Psychological Society as a chartered psychologist, reflecting the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise. I am also accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulator for health care professionals (registration number: PYL33124).
I have a wealth of experience working with adults and children for over 15 years with emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties. Having worked as a psychologist in the NHS where I was a supervisor for trainee psychologists, I now focus my time on my private practice in Berkhamsted.
I have worked in a number of health care settings and am experienced in offering counselling and psychological therapy for a wide range of issues including (but not limited to):
Relationship difficulties - Depression - Anxiety - Stress - Panic disorder - Chronic illness - Bereavement - Self-esteem - Sexuality - Trauma - Anger - Eating disorders - Abuse - Sexual issues - Work difficulties - Divorce - Phobias - Bullying - OCD - Personality disorders - Addiction - Agoraphobia - Emotional instability.
What is a counselling psychologist?
Counselling psychologists are highly trained professionals who have a minimum of 6 years of full-time training and work with people with personal and psychological difficulties. Counselling psychologists are 'practitioner psychologists', a title protected by law that demands a minimum training criteria of 6 years of full-time training, unlike titles such as counsellor or psychotherapist. Counselling psychologists are trained to offer counselling and therapy, drawing on psychological knowledge and expertise. You can check the HCPC register to check if a professional is registered and that they meet the HCPC standards for professional skills and training at www.hcpc-uk.org/check
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive and behavioural therapies
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Humanistic therapies
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I understand the importance of being able to access support when it is needed, and endeavour to see new clients within a week of first contact.
I offer an initial 15 minute telephone call free of charge in order for new clients to ask any questions and establish whether they want to book a meeting.
Sessions are £100 for a 50 minute session.
I am also registered with various health insurance schemes such as AXA-PPP, Aviva and Cigna. Please contact your health insurance provider to ascertain whether you are eligible.
What can I expect from the initial session?
The aim of the first session is to give you an opportunity to meet with me and for us to decide if and how we can work together. It does not obligate you to attend further sessions. I will ask questions about what brings you to therapy and what you are hoping to get out of attending sessions. In this initial session I will explain how I work and discuss confidentiality, cancellations and fees with you. I will invite any questions you may have about my role, training, and experience, or about therapy in general.
It may be important for you to take some time after the session to decide if you want to take it further and book subsequent sessions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Day time and early evening appointments are available - please contact me to discuss your requirements.
Types of client
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Supervision & training
I offer clinical supervision to trainee counselling and clinical psychologists and assistant psychologists.View supervision profile