Dr Claire Mansfield - Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, PsychD, MA, BSc)
Dr Claire Mansfield - Counselling Psychologist (CPsychol, PsychD, MA, BSc
Coronavirus (Covid-19) support
I am continuing to work with existing and new clients via online video or telephone sessions. For many individuals the current crisis is exacerbating difficulties such as low mood, anxiety, and loneliness and isolation. For others it is putting additional pressure on relationships or making it more difficult to find time and space to meet personal needs.
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
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.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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.