Clare Pointon, BA (Oxon), MSc (Mdx), BACP Reg.
We all have the power to bring about change in our lives. Starting therapy can be the first step on that journey.
I have more than 20 years experience as a psychotherapist and counsellor offering integrative therapy which means I can adapt the way I work to fit you, your needs and what you are looking for. I work with a wide range of difficulties including:
relationship issues, anxiety, stress, depression, self-esteem, trauma, loss, separation, family issues, identity ( personal, sexual and gender ), sexual difficulties, infertility, work life, parenting, personal development and life change. Most recently, I have experience of the impact of Covid and Long Covid.
I also work with counsellors and psychotherapists in training.
With a Masters Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy (MSc), I bring together aspects of psychodynamic, humanistic and cognitive-behavioural approaches. But I know that ultimately the key to the success of our work will be the kind of relationship we build together. I am registered and accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP.)
As well as my private practice, I have many years of experience in the NHS, in Higher Education and the voluntary sector in the UK and the Middle East. From my base in Farnham (Surrey Hampshire border), I currently work online and by phone with adults and young adults here and abroad.
Before training as a psychotherapist, I had a career as a journalist in international news and current affairs during which I lived and worked in France, the Middle East and the United States.
I know it can be hard to reach out for help and will do my best to make the process as easy and comfortable as I can. I am happy to talk by phone before meeting and to answer any questions you may have.
Training, qualifications & experience
My psychotherapy training was a four-year integrative masters programme which included experience of working with severe and enduring mental health issues. I have taken further courses to continue my professional development in a range of areas including various models of short-term work such as CBT and ACT, relational therapy, stress management and trauma, mindfulness, working with self-harm, gender identity, with university students and in group and coaching work.
I am an Associate and Instructor of Mental Health First Aid and regularly deliver training courses to organisations as a Mental Health First Aid Instructor training staff to be mental health first aiders.
Bachelor of Arts Hons English Language and Literature (Oxford University)
Masters Degree Integrative Psychotherapy (Middlesex University)
Qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor (Mental Health First Aid)
I have worked for many years in private practice, the higher educational sector, the NHS and the voluntary sector with young adults, adults and couples, on a range of issues including: anxiety of any type including generalised anxiety disorder, stress, depression, trauma, relationship issues, loss, separation and divorce, family relationships, identity (personal, sexual and gender), women’s issues, infertility, work life, parenting, social difficulties, personal development and life change.
Prior to my psychotherapy training, I worked for many years as a news and current affairs journalist for the BBC and national newspapers in London, Paris and the Middle East.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£75.00 per session
I am happy to chat by phone before we meet and answer any questions you may have about therapy and the way I work:
£110 Couples (Longer session)
I work with BUPA.
Concessionary (low income) slots are sometimes available.