Clare Pearl MBACP
I am a fully qualified and experienced person-centred counsellor working in independent practice near Todmorden. My approach is warm, friendly and non-judgmental. I believe developing self-awareness will give you a greater sense of freedom and creative control over your life.
The person-centred approach involves using the three core conditions of empathy, acceptance and congruence in the therapeutic relationship and I live and explore these qualities on a day-to-day basis. I also offer Wild Therapy and work in a focusing-orientated way, using sensations held within the body to access deeper levels of understanding. Please see below for more details or visit my website www.clarepearlcounselling.co.uk.
Sessions are available during the day and evenings and I work both inside and outdoors. I have a dedicated room (images below) offering a safe and confidential space to explore your issues.
I also work from a dedicated therapy room in Todmorden town centre.
Please contact me to arrange an initial appointment and indicate where you would prefer to have your sessions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Current Study: Advanced Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies (Salford University, Post Graduate Diploma).
2017-2018 One year training in Wild Therapy.
2011-2013 Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling accredited by the National Counselling Society.
2005-2008 Shamanic Therapy and the Creative Arts, Coventina School of Shamanic Therapy, Northumberland (diploma equivalent).
2004-2006 MA Filmmaking, International Film School Wales.
1996-1999 'The Deepening' a three-year residential course in Tai Chi with the Rising Dragon Tai Chi School.
1986-1989 BA Hons Fine Art, Goldsmiths College, University of London.
Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have more than five years experience working as a counsellor in both long and short-term therapy, including two years in a hospice with people experiencing terminal illness and bereavement. During this time I saw very real benefits from the counselling process.
I am fully insured and a registered member of BACP, which means I abide by their code of ethics and work to the highest ethical standards.
I believe that self-exploration is the foundation to working effectively as a counsellor, and I have many years of personal and spiritual development training including numerous courses and retreats on Buddhism and meditation and more than ten years practicing and teaching Tai Chi and Qi Gong.
I started out as a professional artist and I have worked most of my adult life as an independent filmmaker and more recently an exhibiting artist. I have facilitated filmmaking workshops with community groups using the creative processe to explore often painful issues such as isolation, loneliness, depression and addiction. To see some of these award-winning films please visit www.clarepearl.co.uk.
Alongside working as a creative practitioner and Tai Chi teacher I have always worked on myself and my own 'stuff' and in 2011 decided to take a break from filmmaking, retrain as a therapist and give time to my own art practice. It is my wish to work with others in the inspiring field of personal and collective growth and interconnectivity with all forms of life.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
For a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves.
(Oliver, 1992: 110)
Wild therapy is an approach developed by Nick Totton and carried forward by many others.
It can take any form you choose but often involves being outdoors. We can go for a walk and talk as we go, or find a particular spot to sit in. Something might draw your attention, a tree, rock or stream for example, or, the changing topography of the landscape might speak to you in a certain way. These impressions may inform the issues you are exploring and give you new perspectives, helping you progress in the therapeutic work.
Wild Therapy can simply be an invitation to open up your senses and notice what comes into your awareness that seems significant to the situation you are working with. In this way the environment becomes a co-therapist in the session.
FOCUSING ORIENTATED THERAPY
“When we are able, as Jack was, to slow down and experience all the elements of sensation and feeling that accompany our traumatic patterns, allowing them to complete themselves before we move on, we begin to access and transform the drives and motivations that otherwise compel us to re-enact traumatic events.”
(Levine, 1997: 187)
Focusing is a technique based on a natural process identified and developed by Eugine Gendlin for bringing awareness to sensations held in the body. Gendlin noticed that people who included the body and the ‘felt-sense’ in their therapeutic process had more successful outcomes.
For example, a person may be aware that whenever they feel anxious their throat becomes tight or they get a knot in their stomach. By giving this feeling attention and space, and finding ways to describe it using words and images, deeper levels of understanding can open up.
Focusing offers a structure for guiding this process that encourages a gentle, friendly and curious attitude towards the self. It works with the energetic sense of the issue, that is, the sense of ‘all of it’, and there is often no need to go into details about the content of what happened. My role as therapist is to be alongside you and as accurately as possible reflect back what is happening.
It is a method that supports the release and transformation of unresolved painful experience. The outcome is often a sense of completion and renewed vitality.
To find out more about focusing please go to ttps://www.londonfocusing.com/what-is-focusing/
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Sessions last for one hour and cost between £40.00 and £50.00.
The first session gives us a chance to get to know each other and decide if we want to continue working together and costs £30.00
It is up to you to determine how long we work together. Some people find 6 to 10 sessions gives them the time they need to work through a particular issue and others are looking for a longer-term engagement.
I have sessions available during the day and evenings. Please send me a text or email to set up the first appointment, or give me a call to talk through any questions. I look forward to hearing from you.
Payment by cash, cheque or bank transfer.
I am based in Cornholme near Todmorden.
I run the counselling service from a dedicated therapy space in my garden. It gives us a warm, confidential and relaxing space to work in, surrounded by trees and wildlife.
I also work from rooms in Todmorden and Hebden Bridge town centres.
If you have particular access requirements please get in touch to talk this over. In some circumstances I can travel to you and work from your home.
When we arrange the first session I will send you a map with directions.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer face to face sessions during the day and evenings, and via Skype and telephone. Please get in touch on 07817 976 683/ 01706 813 570 or by email.
Types of client
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