Claire Pont Registered Member MBACP (Accred)
Finding an experienced counsellor you can trust may seem a little daunting, especially if you've never had counselling before, but I provide a calm, safe space, (be it on the phone, or in my counselling room), where we can explore anything that's troubling you, in confidence and without judgement. Maybe you are struggling with the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, or something else, but whatever it is, I will do my best to help you to make informed decisions and move forward in your life.
As an integrative BACP Accredited Counsellor I offer a confidential and professional service with a way of working that can be tailored to your needs as I recognise that everyone is different. This will enable us to build a trusting relationship which is needed in order to explore difficult issues. I am also aware of the difficulties and challenges faced by people on the Autism Spectrum, (including women, where the condition may be less visible), and am happy to adapt my way of working accordingly.
I won't judge, analyse, or criticise you, or imply that you're a failure in any way, but will help you to explore any issues or concerns, or behaviour patterns (which are often rooted in the past), in a way that will give you a greater understanding of yourself and your problems. Life can be hard, and has a way of knocking us back when we least expect it, which can leave us feeling hurt, angry, or despairing. The impact and associated feelings are often too much for us to cope with alone and we need the support of someone other than friends and family to help us through that sense of pain and isolation.
I won’t tell you what you should or shouldn't do because that wouldn’t help with the healing process but we can work together to understand and unravel your unwanted thoughts and feelings at your own pace. This will be in the safety of our therapeutic relationship, on the phone, or within the counselling room of my private practice. I will also provide you with the tools you need to help you feel better and more able to cope.
I have experience of working creatively if you struggle to express yourself in words alone, but it's entirely up to you. I always make sure that I practise ethically and safely in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
My aim, essentially, is to help you name, explore, and understand your feelings in whichever way feels most comfortable to you so that you can make informed decisions, feel more hopeful about your future, and therefore move on in your life.
Please ring or email me for an appointment and we can discuss a day and time that will suit us both.
Training, qualifications & experience
In addition to experience gained in my private practice, I have been a Cruse volunteer bereavement counsellor, and have over seven years experience as a volunteer counsellor for people who have been raped or sexually abused.
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (CPCAB Level 4)
Certificate in Counselling Studies (CPCAB Level 3)
Certificate in Counselling skills (CPCAB Level 2)
Awareness in Bereavement Care (Ascentis Level 2)
Examples of Specialist Training & CPD
‘PTSD Counselling’ (Level 3 Award) CPD Certified
‘Autism and Sensory Experience’ (certified through National Autistic Society)
Children & Young People's Bereavement Support Training Programme (Cruse)
'Understanding Autism' (certified through National Autistic Society)
'Autism, Stress & Anxiety' (certified through National Autistic Society)
Theory & Application of Sandtray Therapy
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Assault
Working with Dreams (Gestalt method)
Disordered Eating and Attachment
’Women & Girls on the Autism Spectrum’ (National Autistic Society)
Dissociative Disorders (Remy Aquarone)
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer the first 60 minute session at a reduced fee of £25. This is an assessment session and a chance for us to see if we feel comfortable working with one another.
My fee is £35 per session if you wish to continue but there is no obligation to commit to any more sessions if you feel counselling is not for you. Concessions may be available for NHS staff and key workers.
Payment is required at the start of each session please. Cash or cheque only. (BACS transfers for phone sessions.)
Please be aware that I need 24 hours notice for cancellation of an appointment wherever possible.
You’re welcome to contact me using the contact details above (no text messages at this stage please) leaving your name, phone number, and some convenient times for me to ring, and I will get back to you as soon as I can. I will do my best to answer any queries. Please let me know if you do not want me to leave a message on your voicemail.
Concessions offered for
I offer both short-term and long-term counselling.
My practice is on the outskirts of Peterborough, easy to find, and about three to four miles from the city centre.
It is easily accessible from Peterborough, Eye, Werrington, Thorney, Glinton, Whittlesey, Spalding, Wisbech, Market Deeping, Stamford, and Bourne.
I work in a dedicated counselling room which has its own entrance and toilet facilities. There is ample parking space on and off road.
I have a fully enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and am a registered and accredited member of the BACP.