Hello, my name is Clare and I am an integrative counsellor. So, what does that mean? Well, I underpin my support with various different theories with the main ones being Person Centred, Psychodynamic, Cognitive Brief Therapy, Solution Focussed Therapy, Attachment Theory and Creative Theory. I will 'fit' my approach and support to 'fit' my client. We are all individuals and as such my support will adjust to 'fit' the individual.
I am also very excited to be able to offer therapy outside in nature whether that is walking talking together or taking a seat somewhere or both. The benefits to our well-being whilst spending time outside is very well documented and I know for some clients having their therapy sessions outside is a better 'fit' for them. I do of course also offer counselling in an office, online and by telephone as well.
I also like to offer creative interventions during therapy if this is something that a client would like to use or try. Some clients find using creative techniques as a more accessible medium to explore their thoughts and emotions.
So, who am I? Well, I trained as a counsellor whilst serving in the Army qualifying in 2012 and was able to afford support to many service personnel and their families. I am passionate about Veterans and Service Personnel being able to access appropriate support for their needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am an accredited member of the BACP, including the BACP accredited voluntary register and I work within the Ethical Framework for Good Practice which underpins my work. My work has been accredited by the BACP, this is a well recognised and valued quality status for practitioners that recognises the achievement of high standards of knowledge, experience and development.
As well as my private practice, I also work as a counsellor in a local college, where as well as counselling individual students, I also write and facilitate group work on subjects such as anxiety, exam stress, self-esteem, self-harm and low mood. So as well as working with adults of all ages; I have a specific wealth of experience with young adult issues and I hold a current DBS certificate.
In addition to my counselling work, I have worked as a lecturer within a local college, where I have used my experience and knowledge to teach CPCAB counselling qualifications to adult learners.
I am also a qualified Life Coach which enable me to be able to afford a Coaching/Counselling experience if this is something which you feel may be beneficial to your needs.
- CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies Level 3
- CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2
I completed all four years of counselling training at Farnborough College of Technology, and my Diploma was awarded by the University of Surrey.
Additional CPD training and Workshops
- Talking Therapy outside in Nature
- Integrating Creative Work in Therapy
- Advanced Couple Work/Attachment Patterns in Couple Work
- Adult Attachments and Relationships
- Trauma and the Body Work
- Life Coaching Advanced Training
- Mental Health First Aid
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.