Clare Jones, FdSc Counselling, Reg. MBACP, Supervision
I am a BACP registered humanistic counsellor, I draw from several counselling approaches but overall I am relational and compassion focused. I work with adults, children and young people and offer a reduced rate for initial appointments at £30 and counselling sessions thereafter at £45. I offer a warm and non-judgmental space where together we can explore any difficulties or challenges you may be facing and you can express your thoughts and emotions in a safe environment.
What to expect:
I offer an initial appointment for us to meet and discuss your needs and hopes from counselling. This means that I can tailor my approach to meet your needs, where possible. It can take time to develop the trust and courage needed to share vulnerability. So often we face societal pressures and expectations for change and achievement; in life we may feel pushed too hard, too soon but in counselling we will work at your pace.
I use Mindfulness, grounding and breathing to help develop ways of calming, slowing down and reducing stress. You may be experiencing low mood, anxiety, stress, have suffered a bereavement or significant loss, be struggling with identity and sense of purpose, relationship difficulties or all of the above and more. Whatever your need, I am here to listen without judgment or expectation, to help you find your own way forward. I will help you to understand and make sense of your experiences and develop your own self-compassionate voice.
If you are a survivor of past trauma and abuse, I will help you develop a more compassionate relationship with yourself. Sadly, as a consequence of trauma we can develop very negative views about ourselves that we are 'unworthy of love, compassion and nurturing'. These beliefs are false, you are worthy and I will help you challenge any false negative beliefs and messages imposed on you by another.
I trained in Somatic Trauma Therapy with Babette Rothschild, a leading specialist in this field, and use this approach in my work. I also use trauma education to help explain the impact of trauma, not only is it interesting but it also makes a lot of sense and helps you to take back the reins and reclaim your life. Trauma informed counselling reduces the impact and symptoms of trauma using very simple techniques that empower survivors in their recovery.
Counselling Children and Young People:
If you are a young person or the parent of a child, I know only too well, the serious challenges facing young people today who are experiencing pressures of exponential levels. With growing demands in education and the negative aspects of a social media existence, young people are feeling like they never quite measure up.
A Compassion Focused, Strengths-Based, Proactive approach helps young people identify their resources and recognise and build on their strengths. Together we develop a bespoke tool-kit of strategies (such as techniques for grounding, calming, sensory integration, breathing and Mindfulness) to help build their resilience and empower young people in this increasingly complex world. I also use creative therapies which helps young people engage with counselling in a more gentle way. Adolescence is a very tricky life stage. A large part of my work involves normalising this natural, but confusing and sometimes distressing, transition. Together we explore and reflect on different perspectives and choices enabling them to make sense of themselves, their experiences and the world around them.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked for a number of local organisations and charities as a Counsellor and Supervisor, including: the Southmead Project, Cruse Bereavement, Off the Record and Help Counselling.
For the last 3 years I have been working as a specialist Trauma and Abuse Counsellor at the Southmead Project, providing trauma informed counselling to adult survivors of childhood trauma and abuse.
I have extensive experience in working with children and young people and have been working in education for over 20 years in various capacities including: School Counselling, mentoring, teaching and pastoral roles. I have provided 1:1 and group therapy to young people and reflective practice to staff in numerous schools across Bristol and South Gloucestershire. Whilst working at Off the Record, I was instrumental in developing a School Counselling Service for secondary schools in South Gloucestershire.
Additionally, I have experience as a Counselling Trainer and have worked as a Tutor and Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Counselling at City of Bristol College, in partnership with Gloucester University.
As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy I work according to the ethics and standards of the BACP Ethical Framework. To keep up to date with best practice I receive monthly Clinical Supervision and attend regular professional development events.
Qualifications & Training:
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (with Distinction), Bristol University
- Certificate in Somatic Trauma Therapy (Babette Rothschild)
- Certificate in Compassion Focused Therapy for Recovery from Trauma (Compassionate Mind Foundation Oxford)
- Advanced Safeguarding Training: Bristol City Safeguarding Board
- Diploma in Early Years Montessori Teaching
Continuing Professional Development in:
- Art Therapy Summer School with Dr Marian Liebmann
- Symbolic Play and Use of Metaphor with Children and Adolescents
- Sandtray Therapy with Children and Adolescents
- Attachment and Neurobiology
- Relational Trauma and Child Development
- Internal Family Systems Therapy
- Transactional Analysis 101 Course
- About Bereavement Care Training – Bristol Cruse Bereavement Care
- Multi-Disciplinary Supervision
- Pre-Trial Therapy
- Counselling Children and Young People
- Family Therapy
- Young People & Addiction
- Sexuality & Gender Identity
- Mental Health and Social Justice
- Self-injury & Suicidality
- Bereavement by Suicide
- IBIS Training (Improving Behaviour in Schools)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Children and Young People
Initial appointment: £30
Counselling session: £45
If you would like to book an initial appointment please call or email me. If you would prefer a telephone conversation instead of an initial appointment that's okay too just let me know your preference. If I'm not available to take your call please leave me a message with your name and number and I will call you back you as soon as I can.
I offer long-term and short-term counselling depending on your need.
I offer daytime and evening appointments.
If you are a young person under the age of 18, I may need to meet with your parent to explain that my working relationship will be with you and that I will not be able to give them any information about you or what we discuss, unless you are at risk of serious harm and I have already discussed it with you first. However, depending on your age and situation, if you are dependent on your parent in order to attend and pay for your sessions, I will need to ask them to sign an agreement regarding attendance, cancellation policy and payment.
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Supervision & training