Claire Mouchot, PhD
With years of experience with a range of issues, I offer an empathetic space in which you can feel safe to talk about any issue that arises. All questions, difficulties or problems can be explored in the therapeutic setting and because no two individuals are the same, I will meet you where you are.
I like to see any life journey as a metaphor to walking or hiking in both known and unknown territories; we follow the cairns along the way, be them beliefs, relationships, professional career... and sometimes, we lose sight of those marks along the way. This is usually when we look for help, including counselling, psychotherapy or psychoanalysis. In the therapeutic setting, I will walk/hike with you at your pace to re-discover or re-build these structures that bring you a sense of direction, safety, strength and meaning in your life and allow you to go on to your individual path.
The absence of cairns can translate as one or several of life situations described below:
- generalised and possible overwhelming anxiety of the current epidemic situation.
- feeling stuck as if you'd come to a dead-end.
- feeling as if you have arrived at a crossroad and experience anxiety about which way to go from here.
- feeling like an outsider due to personality or cultural difference.
- suffering from the experience of "not belonging".
- suffering from low self-confidence, depression, overwhelming stress or illness.
- experiencing difficulties in a time of loss or bereavement.
- going through difficulties in your relationship, or are seeking a relationship.
- seeking support in dealing with an eating disorder.
- wanting to find direction and meaning in your life.
- wanting to reconnect with your creativity and natural curiosity.
How I work
Working at your pace and according to your needs means that I offer short and longer-term therapy. I have some interest in the analytical work for people wishing to explore who they are at a deeper level or their reaction and response patterns to life situations, and for people wishing to maybe find some meaning in their life, especially as our fast-paced world can feel overwhelming or daunting for some people.
My training in analytical psychology or Jungian psychotherapy was based on the psychological theories of Carl Jung. Also called depth psychotherapy, its aim is to restore a balance between conscious and unconscious contents of the individual's psyche in order to bring relief from and meaning to psychological suffering. Ultimately, Jungian psychotherapy aims for the individual to "self-realise" and become whole.
As a rule, I do not know what is best for you, as by definition the unconscious is what is not known, and I do not have ready-made answers. Instead, it is in the dialogue and through a mutual process that these answers may become clear.
Meeting face to face, we pay attention to day-to-day events, situations and inter-personal relationships, to the personal story and trans-personal histories, as much as to dreams, imagination or any creative interest and production.
By uncovering these aspects of ourselves, which had been locked away for various reasons, and which in the long run may have created a feeling of having lost control or a deep dissatisfaction with life itself, we aim to restore a sense of meaning, well-being, and equilibrium.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Jungian psychotherapist and member of the Guild of Analytical Psychologists (G.A.P.) in London. My training with G.A.P. included 4 years of theory, a thorough personal analysis, 200 hours of clinical placement in a psychiatric unit in South London and several years of clinical practice under thorough supervision.
I abide by the code of ethics of G.A.P., which is a member organisation of UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I hold a full membership of UKCP.
My background includes nearly 10 years working in the area of neuroscience research and completed a PhD from the University of Manchester.
I have explored and attempted to better know myself and the world surrounding me through other approaches including Vipassana meditation according to S. N. Goenka's approach, traditional shamanic healing techniques, exploration of Tantra and female sexual energy, and Movement Medicine. I also have 15 years of 5Rhythms® movement meditation practice.
I have lived, studied and worked in African, Anglo-saxon and latin cultures. I keep abreast of the outcomes of biomedical research related to mindfulness, trauma, feelings and emotions and am curious about the links that exist between spirit, mind and matter.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
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As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Fees are by mutual agreement on the scale £60-£80 depending on your financial means.
Update March 2020, Covid-related situation: if you have been temporarily laid off, are self-employed and have seen your business activity come to a standstill and are currently feeling the crunch financially, do not hesitate to contact me and we can discuss your personal situation and explore whether we can come to a temporary financial arrangement.