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MBACP, Dip Couns, FdA, Child, Adolescent, Adults
Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NX

About me

Hello,  I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, and additionally a final-year psychotherapist-in-training.  I am qualified to work with children, adolescents and adults, with a range of difficulties such as anxiety, depression, self confidence, relationship difficulties, and trauma; I have taken specialised training in working with family experiences and neurodiversity. I aim to be neurodiversity and LGBTQ affirming.

I work face to face or online. You will find me in the centre of Canterbury in a beautiful building off historic Castle Street. The therapy space is discrete, comfortable and private and there is parking near by.

At the heart of my practice is a recognition of the importance of the therapeutic relationship, and you feeling understood, safe and accepted. I offer empathic therapy, understanding and care, to facilitate the changes you want, or support with the difficulties you face. Whether you are looking to raise your self esteem, tackle anxiety or low mood, understand yourself or others better, process painful experiences or losses, work with relationship difficulties or something else, I will support you in the way you find helpful, to ensure your needs are best met.

Adults: I have taken several advanced trainings and qualifications beyond my original counselling qualification, including an integrative psychotherapy training, which has Transactional Analysis psychotherapy at it's core.  As an integrative therapist, I can draw on a number of theoretical models and skills to ensure your needs are most helpfully supported. Overall, I aim to offer compassionate interventions and therapy respectful of your history, journey and choices. 

Children and Adolescents: Working safely and effectively with children and adolescents in counselling and psychotherapy requires specific  training.  I am trained to work through play, therapeutic creative arts and talking therapies and I have studied child development at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I am experienced with supporting a range of issues that can impact children,  adolescents and parents and my therapy room is fully resourced to welcome people of all ages.

Neurodiversity: I am passionate about neurodiverse individuals and their families accessing therapy which is affirming and non-traumatising, therefore I give focus to continued specialised training in this area. I work from an affirming standpoint and without judgement.  For example I approach therapeutic work with autistic people, not with a focus on differences that need to be changed (to mimic neurotypical people), but rather with a recognition of unique needs and strengths. 

Drop me an email and we can arrange a time to have a chat on the phone, or alternatively, if liaising via email is preferable, we can do that, no problem. I aim to get back to you within 24 hours or on Monday if you contact me over the weekend.  

Training, qualifications & experience


Postgraduate Level 7:

  • Level 7 Advanced Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy (completion 2023) The Link Centre (UKATA Registered Training Establishment)
  • Level 7 Certificate in Working With Children and Adolescents (in counselling and psychotherapy) (completion Sept 2022) The Berne Institute (UKATA Registered Training Establishment)
  • Level 7 Child Development and Observation Studies (Psychodynamic) Terapia, (UKCP Organisational Member)/Middlesex University


  • Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Teenagers (Integrative Creative Arts) - Distinction Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education (UKCP Organisational Member)
  • Level 5 Foundation Degree in Childhood Studies with Special Education Needs Specialism - Distinction Canterbury Christ Church University
  • Level 4 Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis Theory  - Distinction The Link Centre (UKATA Registered Training Establishment)

Continuing Professional Development Training

  • Certificate in Working with Families (in Counselling and Psychotherapy) The Link Centre (UKATA Registered Training Establishment)
  • Autism and Neurodivergence in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Neurodiversity affirming model


Counselling/therapy roles: Private Practice Therapist, School Counsellor; Tutor for adult Level 2 Introduction to Counselling and Co-Tutor for Level 6 Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People; University Counsellor and Group Facilitator; Therapist for third sector adult counselling/therapy service

Prior to counselling/therapy work: Roles with children and families for SureStart, and for the Local Authority in relation to family support and special education needs and disability.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Counsellors in training


From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a sliding scale for fees, to offer affordable therapy. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Castle Street, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 2NX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Claire Trudgill-Ward

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