Clare Jerome Registered MBACP Dip.Counselling
Hi, my name is Clare and thank you for viewing my profile.
Whatever the problem or challenges you may have, I offer a non-judgmental space for you to explore, in your own time, who you are without any conditions placed upon you. What you can expect from me is a safe place to tell your story and most importantly, to be heard.
I offer a mixture of approaches, tailored to each client but always come back to my core foundation of being person-centered and wanting to know how life is experienced by you as an individual. We all experience things in our own way and there is no right or wrong. We all need to try and make sense of our experiences and reality, which can be hard to do on our own.
Why have counselling? Who would benefit from it?
I'd like to help you if you need support or someone to talk to, or to guide you through a particular problem you're having or a specific situation. Over longer term therapy you may wish to become more aware of how you relate to yourself and others or explore more deep rooted issues. You may have been bereaved, experienced trauma or abuse, depression or anxiety. You perhaps are having relationship troubles or are worried about a loved one. You might be struggling with the challenges of being a carer or dealing with having long term health problems yourself. You might feel you're using coping strategies that aren't useful for you anymore such as misusing alcohol or drugs. Or you may just be struggling to cope with day to day pressures, especially during these particularly anxious times. Whatever your pain, whatever your fears are...they are welcomed to be shared with me.
What would happen in our first session?
I appreciate the anxiety you may have, especially if you are new to therapy. If after my free consultation you wish to continue, we would book a time and date for our first session. We would talk about whatever you chose to talk about - the 50 minutes are your 50 minutes but we may discuss a particular thing that is troubling you or that you want to focus on. We would agree together what works best for us both, and know that this has the option of being adjusted if needed over our time together. I understand making that first step - if by email or picking up the phone can be daunting. Any other questions or worries, please don't hesitate to contact me beforehand and hopefully I can answer any questions you may have and relieve some of your concerns and anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP and qualified with a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma.
I have done lots of additional training and have been volunteering with the NHS through their Recovery College where I co-facilitate psycho-educational and skills based courses. I work with a lot of people with (or symptoms of) personality disorders and who have experienced PTSD or complex trauma. I have co-facilitated courses on adult autism and ADHD, Sleep Hygiene, Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Moving on from Self-Harm and Understanding Depression and Anxiety. I have also worked closely with the LGBTQ+ community and adolescents.
My previous counselling placement was with a charity called Women In Prison (https://www.womeninprison.org.uk/) working alongside probation, and with clients who had experienced mainly sexual trauma, domestic violence and addiction.
I was previously part of a therapeutic music group through my local drug and alcohol service and believe in therapy not only being about just talking, but communicating our experiences in whatever way feels best and easiest for you.
I now work with the Charity "Mind" and within the NHS as part of their Mental Health Integrated Community Service, offering mental health support for people in primary care. Although I work with a lot of people who have "been through the mental health system" and may have been given a diagnosis or have been "treated", I don't see people as labels, but in a holistic and individual manner.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently working from home offering telephone counselling or virtual counselling using a platform of your choice. Due to this, my fees are reduced to £40 for a 50 minute session as I believe part of the therapeutic work is benefited from physically sharing a space together, which unfortunately I can't offer at the moment due to the current circumstances re Covid-19.
In face to face work I would also offer the opportunity to use more creative aspects of therapy such as drawing or sand tray work which I am currently trying to adapt into my new approach. It's also worth noting however, that a lot of people have said they have preferred telephone counselling as they have found it easier to share their feelings and a more convenient approach to therapy.
I also believe that counselling shouldn't be seen as a luxury and should be available to all who need it. Therefore, since I am not paying for a space to practice in at the moment, I believe in paying that forward to you as a client and hoping to make counselling easier for people to access during this time in particular. I am willing to negotiate fees however, for those who feel this is still not affordable for them, or for counselling students undertaking their required therapy hours.
Concessions offered for
I appreciate selecting a therapist can be overwhelming and sometimes hard to know exactly what you're seeking. I'm more than happy to offer a free 15 minute consultation to see if you would be happy to work with me. I understand the fear of being vulnerable with a stranger and the courage it takes to make that first step. The importance of finding the right therapeutic fit is integral to the work.
Even if I'm not the right person for you, please know that there will be someone who you will connect with and hold onto the hope that the right help is there for everyone, even you.