Clare McDonald

BSc(Hons), PGDiploma Counselling - Dip.Couple Counselling
Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, CF37
07496 064 152 07496 064 152

About me

I have over 16  years experience as a therapist and counsellor working in the public, private and voluntary sectors.

I have a strong track record with successful outcomes across a wide range of topics that include :-  substance misuse,including alcohol dependence and binge drinking.  Stress, anxiety and depression, panic attacks, phobias, physical, mental and sexual abuse, loss and bereavement (including Suicidal ideation) work related stress and clients on the Autism SpectrumTailoring a blend of established and creative therapies to help clients from a range of backgrounds and with differing needs.
I am a Registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.

Couple counselling - the purpose - to help identify with the clients their concerns /issues and  manage difficulties to ultimately improve their relationships.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications :  

Diploma in Couple counselling
P.G. Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Integrative)

BSc(Hons) Criminology / Psychology
Diploma in Health and Social Care
City and Guilds in Substance Misuse (including 'legal highs')
Auricular Acupuncture
Level one Sign Language


Effective Anger Management (Human Givens Approach) 

Integrating CBT and 3rd wave therapies

Supporting Adult Survivors of childhood abuse (N.A.P.A.C) 

From stress to psychosis - How to prevent mental illness (H.G)

Is it possible to build resilience to stress? (H.G)

Couples therapy - A practical masterclass (Human Givens)

Effective brief psychotherapy (Human Givens

First Aid for health anxiety: Helping people cope with their health anxieties when health anxiety is entirely justified (Association for Psychological Therapies - (APT)

Understanding and Lifting Depression (Human Givens Approach)

Effective Anxiety Management (without using drugs)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Mental Health First Aid
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training  (ASIST - MIND)
Autism Awareness
Aspergers - Understanding the Couple Relationship
Child Protection Awareness (NSPCC)
Working with Suicidal Clients
Dual Diagnosis (substance misuse and mental health)
Resilience training for anxiety and depression
Family Liaison Officer

Experience :-

I qualified as a therapeutic counsellor 16 years ago.   

I have over twelve years experience of working within the Prison Service using a tailored blend of established and creative therapies to help clients from mixed backgrounds and across all age groups. This included substance misuse, Auricular acupuncture, managing anxiety and depression (CBT) physical, sexual and emotional abuse, bereavement, suicide intervention and family liaison work.

Previous work with young adults on the Autism Spectrum offering intervention within therapy, in order to promote and develop mental and emotional, physical and social well being of clients.

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have experience of working with clients who have had life changing events :-  Stroke survivors and the emotional turmoil associated with it.   Cancer diagnosis and the effect on the individual and  family.

Whilst  working within the prison service I was trained as a Family Liaison Officer and now counsel clients who have experienced sudden or traumatic deaths.

Previous contract with the Priory Group - counselling students on the Autism Spectrum between the ages of 16 - 25 years of age.

Counselling supplier to ITV


Additional information

Session - £50.00 per hour

Couples - £70.00 per hour


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Further information

Registered member of 'British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists'

Member of the 'National Autistic Society'.

Member of Anxiety UK

Mid Glamorgan

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Online platforms