Hello, my name is Clare and I am a professionally qualified and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I offer face to face and online counselling for individual adults aged 18 and over.
At times in our lives we can find ourselves feeling distressed and anxious or perhaps low and depressed where life seems to have no meaning. We might be struggling to manage a change in our personal circumstances; the loss of a close relationship; loss of purpose, identity or self-esteem or perhaps a family or other relationship is troubling us and feels difficult to resolve. Or perhaps the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on our life has taken its toll.
Whatever you are experiencing that brings you here, looking for the right support can feel daunting.
I offer a welcoming, calm, confidential space where you can talk about aspects of your life which are troubling you, where you won't be judged and together we can make sense of your experiences in a safe and supportive environment.
My approach is psychodynamic which recognises that problems we encounter in the present are often influenced in some way by experiences and feelings from our past. Although out of awareness, these may still be shaping our interactions today and have a bearing on our difficulties.
In discovering less conscious aspects of ourselves, it is possible to gain greater self-awareness and self-understanding. This can help to bring relief from distress but it also helps to expand the realm of choices and possibilities available to us.
Therapy is a collaborative endeavour. You set the topics we talk about and the pace at which we work and I will encourage you to be open and honest about what is troubling you. It is my aim to listen carefully and to help you to clarify and express your thoughts and feelings and whilst not offering direct advice, I will support you to make sense of things and come to your own understanding.
I practice from a comfortable and peaceful room in a private home in Standlake, near Witney. This is easy to get to and there is ample free parking close by. I also offer online counselling.
I offer therapy on short term, time limited or longer term basis depending on the needs of each individual.
What to do next:-
If you would like to explore counselling with me, please get in touch so we can arrange a brief telephone conversation, which is free of charge. You may tell me a little of what is feeling difficult and we can decide if it would be helpful to meet for an initial consultation.
The no-obligation initial consultation provides an opportunity for you to tell me more about yourself, your concerns and hopes for therapy and where you can experience what it might be like to work with me. We can decide if what I offer is appropriate for your needs and you may also ask any questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Master of Arts degree and following my own experience of therapy, I retrained to become a qualified psychodynamic counsellor at University of Oxford completing the post-graduate diploma in Psychodynamic studies in 2015.
I have been working as a therapist with adult clients with a broad range of issues and from all walks of life, providing both long and short-term counselling for more than seven years. Alongside my private practice, I volunteer in a community counselling service in South Oxfordshire.
I work with a wide range of issues such as:- depression; anxiety; relationship difficulties; bereavement and loss; stress; abuse; low self-esteem or lack of confidence; challenging life experiences and many other issues which might be having a detrimental impact on an individual's life and emotional well-being.
I am a registered member with the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) having met their professional standards of training and practice and adhere to the BACP's Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
I regularly invest and participate in continuing professional development to keep up to date with current developments in therapy and my clinical work is overseen by an accredited supervisor.
I hold both professional indemnity insurance and an Enhanced Criminal Record Certificate from the DBS (Disclosure and Barring Service) and undertake the Oxfordshire Safeguarding Children's Board Generalist Safeguarding course every three years.
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
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Transitions, particularly pregnancy and motherhood; mid-life issues; retirement and older age.