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MBACP, Dip. Couns

About me

Hi,

My name is Clare, welcome! It can be daunting to ask for support and it may seem like a minefield when looking for a therapist, especially if therapy is something new for you. I’m an experienced therapist and I love working with my clients and seeing the results of our work together!

The benefits of counselling can be life changing. Through the therapeutic relationship between Client and Counsellor, change, recovery and healing can take place.  I offer a space for you to talk and be heard without being judged.

I am a great believer in the power we have to overcome struggles, pain and conflict so that people can flourish and become the person they truly are, before life happened! No matter how hopeless you feel there is always hope and change is possible. Depression and anxiety are painful but with the right tools for each person it is possible to find happiness,good mental health and peace.

I work from my garden room which is private, comfortable and peaceful. I am trained to use a variety of skills and models such as Person Centred and Psychodynamic Therapies.  I may use different mediums to work with you such as art and imagery.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework which ensures you receive safe and professional therapy.  I am fully insured and receive regular supervision of my working practices and continued professional development.

I have worked with clients presenting many different issues including anxiety, depression,intrusive thoughts,ocd,self harm,suicidal thoughts and idealisation,loss, bereavement, addictive behaviours, shame, low self-esteem, trauma and abuse and the effects these have on our physical,mental and emotional well being.

I was a Foster Carer for 7 years working with adults, children and families with complex physical and emotional needs.  I received extensive training in the effects of trauma, attachment disorder, addictions and abuse. I am also experienced and trained in trauma recovery.

My own experiences and difficulties led me to seek change and I was amazed at how much I learnt about myself during my own therapy and how my past had affected me.  Therapy enabled me to find my true self and to live my life in a way I never thought possible.  Therapy gave me the tools I needed to heal the wounds and thrive.

Alongside my private practice I worked for The Carers Trust (Greenwich) on a voluntary basis working with clients experiencing the impact of caring.  A major part of this work was to help clients understand the importance and value of self-care.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Therapeutic Counselling Diploma
  • Counselling Theory Level 3
  • Counselling Skills Level 2
  • Working with Trauma – Christiane Sanderson
  • Working with Relational Trauma & Disorganised Attachment – PODS (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors)
  • Mindfulness – Prof Peter Tyler
  • Theology and Spirituality Certificate
  • The Inner Child
  • Co-dependency
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Safeguarding Adult Health and Social Care
  • Attachment Theory
  • Neuroscience, early trauma and recovery
  • Child Protection
  • Working with Teenagers
  • Legislation (Child Law)
  • National Standards for Fostering
  • Therapeutic Play and Attachment
  • Unplanned pregnancy, post-abortion bereavement and post-natal depression

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.

Fees

Additional information

The cost of each session is £50 and payment is required on the day of your session

Session: 50 mins

When I work

Flexible appointment times available

Further information

Getting here: Free Parking Available. Alternatively, a short 7 min walk from Sidcup station.

Tea, coffee or water provided

Type of session

In person
Phone

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults