Claire West

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Dip. Integrative Counselling; Cert. Creative Arts Therapy
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

St. Ives PE27 & Huntingdon PE28
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I understand how life can be overwhelming at times and finding a comfortable space to understand and work through what is going on can be difficult. Life events and its different stages, work, relationships and their breakdowns as well as your health and that of those close to you can all create emotional upheaval and stress. I provide a safe, non-judgemental environment where you can explore and make sense of your feelings. 

As a former primary school teacher I have a deep understanding and interest in the particular stresses and demands involved in working in education and the impact they can have on your life. I am also a CPCAB L2 and L3 Counselling tutor.

Having experience in an Expressive Arts and Counselling Centre has fuelled my interest in the power of creativity in therapy. You can choose to work creatively or simply talk.

What happens next?

After your enquiry I will email you to arrange an initial assessment session in my therapy room in St Ives to see if we will work well together and for you to ask any questions. It’s important that you feel comfortable talking to me and this gives you a feel for how I work. 

After this, if we feel we will work well together and if you are ready, we make an appointment for you to attend further sessions.

In our first session there is space for you to tell me about your needs and concerns and for you to ask any questions you may have. I’ll ask a few questions about what you are hoping to achieve from counselling and about you and your goals.

In the first couple of sessions we will be getting to know each other, giving you the time to feel safe and comfortable with me.

Usually, we would meet weekly until our relationship is established but you are free to decide the frequency of our sessions. We would also have a discussion about how many sessions you feel you would like - this would be reviewed regularly as we work together. 

Our work is guided by you. You are the expert on yourself and my role is to help you find what you need within you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • L4 Diploma in Integrative Therapeutic Counselling
  • Post-qualifying certificate in Creative Arts training (accredited by PTUK)
  • Working with Shame - Carolyn Spring CPD
  • Dealing with Distress: Working with Suicide and Self-Harm - Carolyn Spring CPD
  • Registered member of BACP
  • BEd Hons (primary)
  • Enhanced DBS for both child and adult workforce

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

Teacher stress and burnout.

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£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Art Studios @ The Free Church, Market Hill, St. Ives, Cambridgeshire, PE27 5AL

Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people

Key details

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