Claire Pont MBACP (Reg.)
07777 675 344
Finding an experienced counsellor you can trust may seem a little daunting (especially if you've never had counselling before) but I provide a safe, comfortable and peaceful environment where we can explore anything that's troubling you, in confidence and without judgement. It may be anger, anxiety, depression, family issues, bereavement, or something else that's impacting your life, 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 and humanistic counsellor I offer a confidential and professional service with a way of working that aims to build a trusting relationship in order for us to talk about difficult issues. Everyone is different. I am also aware of the difficulties and challenges faced by people on the autism spectrum, such as those with Asperger's and am happy to adapt my way of working accordingly, (using visual aids etc).
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, (past or present); or behaviour patterns in a way that will give you a greater understanding of yourself and your problems. Life can be cruel, and has a way of hitting us hard 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 bear alone and we need the support of someone other than friends and family to help us through that sense of pain and isolation.
I don't give advice or say what you should or shouldn't do because that would be disrespectful and wouldn’t help with the healing process but I can help you to understand and unravel your unwanted thoughts and feelings at your own pace. This will be in the safety of our therapeutic relationship within the counselling room of my private practice. I also aim to provide you with the tools you need to help you feel better and more able to cope, such as simple grounding techniques.
I have experience of working creatively, which can help if you are a 'visual' person and struggle to express yourself in words alone, but it's entirely up to you. You might like to work in this way or you might prefer to just talk, but I always make sure that I practise ethically and safely in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework.
My aim, essentially, is to help you express, 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 volunteer bereavement counsellor and also have five 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
’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
Gender Identity CPD
Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse/Assault
Working with Dreams (Gestalt method)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
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 those on a low income.
Payment is required at the start of each session please. Cash or cheque only.
Please be aware that I need 24 hours notice for cancellation of an appointment wherever possible.
Feel free to contact me (using the contact details above) leaving your name, phone number, and some convenient times for me to call 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.
I offer both short-term and long-term counselling.
My practice is in the Peterborough area, easy to find, and about three to four miles from the Peterborough city centre.
It is easily accessible from Peterborough, Eye, 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 member of the BACP.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening sessions available. Also Saturdays. Can be flexible to accommodate shift patterns etc.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|