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BA (Hons), PG Dip (Edinburgh), MBACP

About me

Counsellor/Psychotherapist (PG Dip, BA (Hons), MBACP)

There are times when life feels challenging, difficult, frightening or simply ‘flat’ and it may be hard to see a clear way forward. Counselling can be a powerful dynamic for change; it offers clarity and hope by bringing focus, insight and understanding.  The decision to enter into a counselling relationship may feel daunting, yet the benefits can be immeasurable.  Facing the reality of who we are requires trust and commitment from both client and counsellor.  Brief periods of reflection may be as helpful as longer-term work.

You may be considering counselling because you want to work on a specific problem, such as bereavement or relationship issues.  However, counselling isn’t always about resolving a problem; it can also help you develop as a person, make the most of your abilities, and find a better way of living.

The move to mostly online counselling has raised new challenges yet also new opportunities.  The element of convenience is usually helpful and I have found clients more comfortable with the online experience than I had originally anticipated.  It is fair to suggest that a certain 'presence' is lost by using an online medium, yet the 'space' between client and counsellor does seem to gain in protection and security.

My way of working is attentive, observant and curious.  I will - and I do - challenge, when required.  This is always done with care and awareness for the client's best interests.

Please feel free to email me at claremcateer@msn.com to arrange a first appointment or an intial brief conversation.  I am happy to answer any questions.

Testimonial from client received January 2022:

Clare McAteer is an excellent psychotherapist and counsellor. I first contacted Clare when I was  experiencing a major crisis in my life several years ago. Clare helped me to navigate a way through a very difficult time,  providing clarity and insights which improved my self- knowledge and resilience. 
Clare has always been flexible and responsive when I have returned to work with her  from time-to-time to deal with new issues which have arisen. This ongoing relationship has been so helpful to me. I know Clare is there when I need her. 
I cannot recommend Clare highly enough. Her skills are transformational and life-enhancing. 

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained at the University of Edinburgh in both Person Centred & Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, and offer counselling using elements from both these perspectives.  This allows me to accept the client fully and also respond to the patterns of behaviour and unconscious traits we all carry with us.

I have specialist training and wide experience of working with adults, young people and children, in both long and short-term therapy.

I spent three years as manager and senior counsellor at a small charity in Edinburgh, overseeing a number of trainee counsellors, with a focus on pregnancy-related issues.  I presently run a busy private practice online and am also the counsellor at a further education college and a school in Edinburgh.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Fees

From £60.00 to £90.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Online counselling:  weekdays and occasional weekends.

Inverkeithing, Fife, KY11

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

PVG Scheme

In Scotland, criminal records checks are carried out by Disclosure Scotland. Professionals working with children or vulnerable adults must join the Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) Scheme. You can learn more at mygov.scot , or contact this professional directly.

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom