Clare Elliot PGDip Counselling. MBACP (Accred).
My name is Clare Elliot and I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor offering counselling and therapy to adults 18 years + and children and young people (aged 11 years to 18 years)
I am a BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist and I work by their code of ethics and professional standards of practice. I am fully insured with counselling liability insurance and I attend regular monthly supervision with a qualified counselling supervisor to ensure my work is ethical, safe and professional.
What brings you here?
Maybe you are reading this because you have been feeling tense or anxious recently, or you have been feeling unhappy and are considering who to turn to for support.
Counselling is a talking therapy that can help with a wide range of mental health and emotional difficulties, such as stress, anxiety and depression.
How will I work with you?
As a person centred counsellor I would work with what you wish to bring into the counselling room. The person centred approach under pins my therapeutic work with clients, yet I also bring an integrative approach to my work. This means I draw on different specific therapies and combine these together enabling me to tailor myself to each client's individual needs and unique circumstances. I will provide a safe and confidential space to provide clients with the opportunity to share whatever is causing them emotional difficulty, inner conflict or creating disharmony in themselves and/or within their lives. I believe that when we are given the opportunity to engage in a safe, confidential relationship, where the client feels deeply accepted, understood and is met with warmth and compassion, that it is possible to become more freely and clearly in touch with what is causing emotional difficulty. This provides an opportunity to re-evaluate your relationship with yourself, others and the world around you. With this expanding self-awareness and shifting perception comes the potential of learning how to be more self-accepting and discovering one's own answers and solutions, of how to manage presenting difficulties or uncomfortable emotions. My experience is it is through this process of greater clarity and deep self-acceptance that curiously positive change can occur.
When I am working with clients I pay close attention to the emotional element of their struggle. I believe that emotions are essentially an important part of your experience of self and others. Emotions can be really enjoyable when we are happy and confident, but can cause us to feel uncomfortable when we experience difficult life circumstances. We might feel anxious or angry and need support to be able to make sense of what happened to us and learn how we can deal with these difficult feelings. Painful emotions can hold us back in life. Negative emotions can change to more positive emotions when we are more aware of them and when we learn to accept them better. I support my clients to learn more helpful ways of dealing with their thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that they can find new ways of living and lead a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.
What issues are suitable for Counselling/Psychotherapy?
Counselling can empower us to learn how to manage and deal with any issue in life that we find is causing emotional difficulty or disturbance. Counselling can be helpful to process traumatic events, bereavement, difficult emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression or loneliness. Counselling can also support individuals experiencing significant life changes, such as ill health, loss of employment or divorce. Counselling can also benefit those who wish to process relationship difficulties, providing an opportunity to discover how to improve intimate/family relationships and the way you interact with people.
How many sessions will you need?
The number of sessions you need are entirely unique to each individual's needs and set of circumstances and this can vary from just a few sessions to longer term work. Contracting of how many sessions and continuation of sessions will be discussed in our first session and during regular reviews of our therapeutic work together.
What to do next?
If you would like to take the next step you can email me or give me a call where I'll be happy to offer a free 15 minute telephone conversation where I can answer any questions you may have and together we can decide whether it may be beneficial for you to meet with me for a first session.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling, Counselling Tutor
- Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.*
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling (Person-Centred) University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.*
- Higher National Certificate in Counselling (Integrative) Anniesland College, Glasgow.
- Professional Development Award in Addiction Counselling, Anniesland College, Glasgow.
- Counselling Skills, Motherwell College, Motherwell.
- Introduction to Counselling, Motherwell College, Motherwell.
*The Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling is accredited by The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
*The Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People is accredited by Counselling and Psychotherapy in Scotland (COSCA).
As part of my ongoing continued professional development (CPD) I have completed the following training:
- Scotland's Mental Health First Aid (SMHFA) course
- Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASSIST)
- Psychosocial Interventions for Anxiety Management
- Psychosocial Interventions for Anger Management
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Approach (CBT)
- Understanding Perinatal Depression
- Safeguarding Training
- Working with Children and Young People with Special Education Needs (SEN)
- Speech Language and Communication Needs
- Channel General Awareness module
- Bowlby's Attachment Theory and Lifelong Relationships
- Working with the Impact of Severe Trauma
- Counselling Couples and Families: A Person-Centred Approach
- SCOTACS Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Toolkit
- How to do Counselling Online: A Coronavirus Primer
- Psychosomatics, MUS, PPS (Persistent Physical Symptoms)
- Working with Bereavement and Complex Grief
- How to Stop Nightmares & Dream Completion Technique
- Treating trauma - essentials for working with inherent relational complications
- Trauma based anxiety - strategies to help anxious clients
- Complex trauma - working with structural dissociation
- Polyvagal Theory in practice: essential strategies
- Resilience: powerful practices for bouncing back from trauma and adversity
- Using a multi-modality trauma approach: 3 essential strategies
- A short guide to what every psychological therapist should know about working with psychiatric drugs
- The psychological and physiological repercussions of complex trauma: essential information
I have been working with clients for 9 years offering counselling and therapeutic support. Over this time I have gained experience in a wide range of settings including a rural charity community project for vulnerable adults, a young person's project, a GP practice, a specialist addiction service, an employee assistance programme (EAP), a domestic abuse service and within a school counselling service counselling primary aged children.
I currently work part time as an in-house GP Practice Therapeutic Counsellor and within my own private practice.
I have experience working with a wide range of issues and emotional difficulties. I am particularly experienced in supporting clients who are struggling with low mood and/or anxiety, clients who have encountered trauma and those experiencing relationship difficulties.
I have a special interest in working with children and young people and I hold a specialist qualification for working with this client group.
I have an awareness and respect of cultural diversity and I welcome clients from the LGBTQIA communities.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have experience of working with clients experiencing health anxiety and death anxiety.
I am aware of and work with issues related to prescribed psychiatric drug dependence and withdrawal.
Individual Adult Counselling costs £40 per 50 minute session or £60 per 80 minute session (face to face, telephone & video sessions)
Individual Children and Young Person Counselling costs £40 per 50 minute session. (face to face, telephone & video sessions)
Concessions are available for students, individuals and families receiving low income or state benefits or those who have been adversely affected by the current Covid-19 pandemic. £30 per 50 minute session or £50 per 80 minute session (face to face, telephone & video sessions)
Concessions offered for
I am aware of and work with issues related to prescribed psychiatric drug dependence and withdrawal.