Clare Green MBACP
* COVID-19 update*
Our world is changing rapidly at the moment. Given some of the news coverage it would be hard not to worry about what it all means for yourself and those you love. Worry & anxiety are common problems at the best of times. During this very difficult time I am lucky I can continue to provide support in a safe way. I offer various ways to connect including video and telephone sessions if face to face (I have a large spacious office) does not feel appropriate. We are in this together.
I am a Humanistic counsellor with a Psychodynamic - Integrative approach.
Humanistic means I believe all human beings to have potential. Humanistic therapies focus on self-development and growth. We need the right environment to reach our potential, which is not always there whilst we grow up. Humanistic counselling, therefore, aims at providing an opportunity to recognise your strengths, creativity and choice in the ‘here and now’.
Psychodynamic counselling uses the therapeutic relationship to gain insight into unconscious relationship patterns that evolved since childhood. Memories, dreams and other evidence of early relationships are used to make sense of current concerns.
Psychodynamic practice aims to help you make sense of your existing situation and of the feelings and thoughts and associated memories that are brought about by this situation. In psychodynamic counselling, these feelings, thoughts, images and even dreams can be looked at to gain a deeper understanding of how you relate to yourself and to others.
Integrative means that as a counsellor I use insights from a variety of models depending on what feels right for you. My approach is supportive and involved, empathic and sensitive. I talk in a straightforward way, often inviting you to explore patterns of behaving and relating with others. I aim to create a safe space for you to share and reflect, to increase awareness and deepen understanding of what is going on for you and what you truly want, and to find your own way forwards towards solutions, acceptance and healing. I may also help you to identify practical approaches which can help you in making changes in your everyday life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am fully qualified with a PgDip in Humanistic Integrative Counselling. My prior interest with healing and alternative therapies led me to pursue studies in counselling and psychotherapy. I am a naturally warm and caring person and I believe everyone has the right to live a fulfilled life with meaningful relationships. I believe that no matter the difficulties we may have experienced in the past, that we all have the capacity to heal.
I have a vast amount of experience; working with the elderly in a residential care environment; a Womens’ Centre with those who have suffered domestic violence, both psychological and physical abuse. I have worked with transition and bereavement in a hospice setting. I spent time working with those recovering from drug and alcohol addiction, and their rehabilitation back into society. Before setting up a Private Practice I spent two years working within a NHS doctors’ surgery based in North London where I had a very busy and varied practice. Very recently I have been involved in acute trauma working with the victims of the Grenfell Fire in Kensington (Sept - Dec 2017). Regardless of any prior experience, I am very happy to work with whatever you may bring and I welcome a diverse range of clients.
I have a Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling from the University of Hertfordshire. Both a Diploma and Post Graduate Advanced Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling from CPPD Counselling School in London. I’ve trained and completed a certificate in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and will commence additional Post Grad level training in Jungian Analytical Psychology in September 2018.
I am trained in DBT (Dialectal Behavioural Therapy) Accreditation Level 1.
DBT helps you to change unhelpful behaviours, but it differs from CBT in that it also focuses on accepting who you are at the same time. DBT places particular importance on the relationship between you and your therapist, and this relationship is used to actively motivate you to change.
For more information on DBT and how it can be helpful in treating those who experience emotions very intensely, please read more here:
I have also completed short courses in CBT, Time Limited Therapy, Psychiatry, Neuroscience & Ethology and also have a keen interest in Mindfulness & Yoga.
I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) working towards accreditation, and adhere to their ethical framework. I am committed to my continuous professional development and attend my own weekly therapy as well as fortnightly supervision.
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
Dialectal Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
£50 - Individual session
£60 - First session (initial assessment session lasting 60 mins)
Individual sessions are 50 minutes long and are usually once a week – wherever possible at the same time each week. On our first appointment, we will meet for 60 minutes.
Skype sessions can be discussed.