Clare Charters MBACP

Clare Charters MBACP

About me

I understand that seeking counselling and choosing a counsellor can feel like a daunting task. Starting counselling can be a time of vulnerability where you may be talking about sensitive issues that you may never have discussed with anyone before. So finding the right counsellor for you is very important.

I am a fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I practise in accordance with the professional ethical framework of the BACP, offering a confidential, safe and professional, counselling service.

I am an experienced counsellor with a warm, empathic and non-judgemental approach, offering open-ended and short-term counselling to individuals who are experiencing distress and difficulties in their lives. The counselling I offer provides a safe and confidential space where together we can explore your difficulties and concerns.

About Counselling

All of us can experience emotional difficulties at some point in our lives and at times we may experience situations and emotions that we cannot make sense of. Sometimes talking to family or friends may not feel  enough somehow. Counselling provides an opportunity to share your thoughts and feelings with a trained professional where the issues and difficulties that are causing you distress and concern can be explored. These may relate to your current life or may relate to your past. Sometimes difficulties you are experiencing in the present day are linked to past experiences in ways that aren't always apparent. It can be helpful to explore these connections within the counselling relationship so that difficult, painful and confusing emotions can be worked through. This can help give meaning to things that have not made sense before and provide a different way of thinking about yourself and your relationships, achieving  greater self-awareness that can prevent repetitive patterns of behaviour that are otherwise hard to stop. Through the counselling relationship, and the shared exploration of your life, the hope is that you will find relief from recurring problems, and be able to move forward into meaningful change, so that you can lead a more fulfilled life.

What can counselling help with?

People seek counselling for a wide variety of emotional and relational difficulties. Some people might be experiencing a temporary yet difficult time and for others the problems may be on-going. Sometimes a crisis has arisen in their life which has stirred up a number of difficult issues, or a difficulty that has been ignored for many years suddenly presents itself as a barrier to moving on. Some are experiencing relationship difficulties, losses or bereavements, or the stress, anxiety and depression that often come with these. Some come because they recognise a repeating pattern in their lives, for example attempting to understand relationships that don’t work. Some may bring painful experiences from the past that are interfering with their lives, or they may have suffered a trauma. For some, there isn't a specific problem, just a sense that something isn’t quite right, life isn’t going well or they can’t make sense of their life and they may simply want to talk about feeling unhappy or confused. You don't have to be in crisis or overwhelmed by your feelings before you ask for help.

How can counselling help?

My approach to counselling is Psychodynamic - this means I am interested in how our past affects us today. I look at life experiences and relationships from childhood through to the present. Relationship and behaviour patterns in the present can have their roots in these early relationships and past experiences although the connections may not always be evident. Exploring the links within the counselling relationship can help you to work through confusing and distressing emotions, gain self awareness and help you to move forward in your life. As a psychodynamic counsellor I also believe we have an unconscious mind that holds onto painful feelings and memories which are too painful and difficult for the conscious mind to process. The purpose of psychodynamic counselling is to bring the unconscious mind into conscious awareness so together we can explore, unravel and understand your true, deep-rooted emotions and experiences. The development of a trusting therapeutic relationship is important as it is through our relationship that insight is gained into the unconscious relationship patterns that have evolved since childhood. This therapeutic process can lead towards finding relief, understanding, greater self-awareness and emotional growth, allowing for change in your life.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a fully qualified psychodynamic counsellor and a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists. I practise in accordance with the professional ethical framework of the BACP, offering a confidential, safe and professional, counselling service.

I am currently working in private practice and have many years experience of working within a charitable organisation.

I work with a broad range of issues, with people from all walks of life in a way that respects culture, values, beliefs, choices and sexual orientation.

I have completed a five year BACP accredited training and have the following qualifications:

Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling – The Counselling Foundation
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling – WPF
Advanced Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling - The Counselling Foundation
Foundation Certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling  - Herts and Beds Counselling Foundation

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I understand you may feel unsure about what counselling will involve. I can offer you an initial no obligation meeting to talk about what is troubling you and to discuss what you are looking for in counselling. It also gives us the opportunity to see if you feel I am the right counsellor for you and I will be happy to answer any questions that you may have. Attending an initial assessment does not mean that you are obliged to continue on to counselling sessions.

Counselling sessions are of a 50-minute duration on a weekly basis. My fees are as follows:

Initial Meeting (30 minutes) : Free

Initial Consultation: £45

On-going weekly Sessions: £45

I offer a small number of concessionary rates for those who would otherwise be unable to attend counselling- this can be discussed at the initial appointment.

Maps & Directions

Luton, LU3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access:


I offer daytime and evening appointments Monday to Friday. Please contact me for further details.

Types of client

Older adults