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Claire Wilson Registered MBACP

Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2UA
01525 634372 01525 634372 07913 265424 07913 265424
Ampthill, Bedfordshire, MK45 2UA

About me

During COVID-19, I am supporting clients via video (ZOOM, Facetime, Whatsapp Video etc), by telephone and messaging. I am taking on new clients.

My Story

Hello and welcome to my profile. My name is Claire and I am a qualified Counsellor and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I’d like to tell you a little bit about how I work and how we can work together. I offer Counselling from my therapy room at home in Ampthill, working with warmth, confidentiality and with no judgement or opinions, giving you a safe space to talk about difficulties and events in life. We can explore how you are feeling and perhaps work through your thought processes and support you to find your own solutions and move forward.

My Background

I previously worked at MIND BLMK, working with adult clients supporting positive mental health and wellbeing. Before this I worked as a Pastoral Support Officer within the Sixth Form of an Upper School, supporting teenagers aged 16-19. Prior to this, I worked in Human Resources, Recruitment and Customer Services, but I knew for a long time that I was destined to be a counsellor because I’ve always liked to help and support people.

I had some difficulties early on in life and went through a sudden bereavement (loss of a parent) and a very traumatic relationship, resulting in me experiencing depression and anxiety. Like many people do, I just tried to move forward and get on with life and told myself that other people faced worse things. It wasn’t until I went through a very difficult relationship breakup in my mid twenties that I had short-term counselling and found it extremely useful to have a safe, non judgemental place to just talk about me and how I was feeling. I had just 6 sessions and although it was very much focused on the current relationship breakdown, I started to realise that this was just a symptom of much bigger things that I’d never really spoken about. Since then, I’ve had counselling several times and worked through a number of life’s curveballs.

If I could talk to my younger self, I would encourage her to seek help sooner. I think it’s often human nature to struggle alone for too long as I think the voice in our heads can be a little unkind when we are facing difficulties. Talking through things in a safe, friendly environment can be life changing, and I feel very lucky to be a Counsellor who sees such wonderful changes in clients.

I believe that my own ongoing personal growth and professional knowledge is important to our work together therefore I attend regular Continual Professional Development training and also continue to have therapy myself.

Why Come To Counselling?

Talking is a helpful way of expressing how we feel, and helps us work through the things we are facing. It can be of great benefit to talk to friends and family, often the feelings we have and issues we face involve our friends and family, and being open and honest might cause them to have an emotional reaction, or to be impacted in some way. So, sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger, i.e. a counsellor such as myself. I will help you to look at your problems in a different way. I will respect you and your opinions, whatever you tell me, there will be no judgment. Whilst talking doesn’t make your problems go away, it will help make them easier to cope with and enable you to feel happier.

What Kind Of Counselling Do I Offer?

I am trained in Person Centered Counselling and use this as my core approach, although I do use CBT on occasion. Person Centered is a bit like a therapeutic car journey. You, the client, are always in the driving seat and I, the counsellor, am always sat beside you. You’re always in charge of which way we go, i.e. what you’d like to talk about, but if you get stuck, you won’t be alone and together we can help you to make sense of whatever you are facing. I believe in an individual’s ability to grow and develop in a way that is best for them.

Although I do have a specialism of working with Anxiety, being Person Centered means that I am trained to work with whatever you bring to the therapy room. Whilst there’s often a reason for seeking therapy, the session time is entirely yours; we can talk about whatever you want – it’s your time. I have experience in working with anxiety and overthinking, depression, stress, relationship issues, loss, trust issues, sexual issues, trauma, childhood sexual abuse, eating disorders and addiction to name but a few.

Specialist Area

I specialise in working with anxiety. Through my own struggles (with anxiety and depression), which started in my youth, I have learned to understand Anxiety and manage the symptoms that all too frequently can make us feel overwhelmed. In my experience, the dreaded overthinking and anxiety are like best friends and regularly hang out together. Unfortunately, it’s never fun when these 2 get together and the result can be that you’re left feeling overwhelmed and struggling with low mood. Certainly that’s been my experience, and the more I work with Anxiety in the counselling room, the more I see this happen.

Sessions

Once you’ve made contact with me, we will arrange a first session, which will include an Assessment. This session is a little longer (around an hour), but is charged at the standard session rate. My therapy room is based from my home; you can see what it looks like if you have a look at the photos section of my profile. It’s quite a cozy room and my aim is to help you to feel welcome and at ease. I will ensure there are water and tissues for you, and of course, toilet facilities are available for your comfort. I have off-road parking available for your convenience.

It’s perfectly natural to feel nervous about coming along for the first time; I know I always feel a little nervous when I meet new clients. As previously mentioned, the first session is generally around an hour, and there’s a little paperwork to complete, but I will email this to you in advance, so this admin part doesn’t take very long. We will then talk about your reasons for coming to therapy and if there’s anything, in particular, you’d like to use the time for. During this session, my main aim is to put your mind at ease and help you start your therapeutic journey.

The number of sessions you’ll want or need is an individual thing. Short term therapy is usually considered to be around 8 sessions, but for many the journey is different and we can talk about what you’d like to achieve and how long it might take when we meet. Weekly sessions are considered to be the best frequency to come to counselling, but we can discuss different ways of working to suit you.

Getting in touch...

Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone, email, text, WhatsApp - whatever method suits you.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications

Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - CPCAB

Level 3 Counselling Studies - CPCAB

Level 2 Counselling Skills - CPCAB

Level 1 Counselling Skills - Spark Adult Learning

BACP Certificate of Proficiency

IARTT International Association For Rewind Trauma Therapy

Additional CPD (Continued Professional Development)

  • REWIND Technique - Post Traumatic Stress and Trauma Therapy
  • Anxiety
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Panic Disorder
  • Guilt
  • Anger
  • Attachment
  • Ego Defense Mechanisms
  • Life Scripts
  • Functional Fluency (Transactional Analysis)
  • Relational Depth (Mick Cooper workshop)
  • Child Trauma and Dissociation Conference
  • Sexual Trauma
  • Safeguarding of Vulnerable Adults (Mind)
  • Understanding the Nature of Trauma in Therapy

Member of the BACP

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

Adult (18+) £45 Counselling session - 50 minutes

First Counselling Session and assessment – approx. 70 minutes

Multi-session discount - book 4 sessions (pay in advance) and save £5 per session, bringing the session cost down to £40 Total cost £160 instead of £180 for 4 sessions.

Child £40 Counselling session - 50 minutes

First Counselling Session and assessment/Parent Meeting- approx. 70 minutes - £40

Multi-session discount - book 4 sessions (pay in advance) and save £5 per session, bringing the session cost down to £35 Total cost £140 instead of £160 for 4 sessions.

Payment is by any of the following: cash, bank transfer, or by debit or credit card as I have a card machine.  (During Covid-19, payments can still be made via my card machine by sending you a link).

Further information

I have experience working with Adults, young people and children. I currently work in both Middle and Upper Schools as a School Counsellor.

I previously worked in a Pastoral role within an Upper School as well as with MIND BLMK supporting clients with mild to moderate mental health issues.

Please find my website at www.cnwcounselling.co.uk for more details about me, counselling and where sessions will be held.

Any questions at all, please do not hesitate to get in touch by phone, email, text, WhatsApp - whatever method suits you.

Claire.

Russell Drive
Ampthill
Bedfordshire
MK45 2UA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I am available for both online and telephone counselling.

Availability

8am -6.30pm Monday -  Thursday

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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01525 634372 01525 634372

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07913 265424 07913 265424
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