Clare Simmonds, PG Dip Psychotherapy, PhD
At times in our lives we can experience life as being very challenging and difficult. We might find ourselves having feelings of ongoing anxiety or depression, or of being distressed by a persistent sense that that are not able to live our life in the way we want to, relate to others authentically, or achieve the things we want to accomplish.
Psychotherapy can provide a fruitful space for exploring these difficulties. Through therapy, it becomes possible to explore the underlying reasons for difficult repeating circumstances and feelings, providing a window onto how to begin to free ourselves and make constructive changes in our lives.
Whatever brings a person to therapy, I am interested in working alongside them, to help foster a better understanding about what underlies the difficulties they are experiencing.
I offer both short-term and longer-term therapy and counselling. The duration of therapy depends on a client’s needs and concerns, and is something we would discuss in initial sessions.
I work from two consulting rooms: Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire (HP9) and in central London (EC1A).
My Beaconsfield practice is on Ledborough Lane, which is a 4 minute walk from Beaconsfield train station. There is off-street and free street parking available.
My London practice is located in Bloomsbury, a 4 minute walk from Tottenham Court Road station.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained my PG Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy at WPF, a well established and respected psychotherapy training institution in London. Psychodynamic psychotherapy provides you with a safe and calm place to:
- recognise, express and explore your feelings
- identify recurring patterns in your feelings, thoughts and relationships
- consider ways in which you might avoid certain thoughts and feelings
- discuss ways in which past experiences can impact your current life
- find ways of making positive changes in the way you live your life.
I am also trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) which is a time-limited model of therapy occurring across 16 weeks, focused on treating anxiety and depression. It explores difficulties in the past that continue to affect the way people feel, behave and relate to others in the present.
I am a professional member of the FPC (The Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling), and am a registered member of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy). I adhere to the code of practice and ethics of these professional bodies.
Clare Simmonds: PG Dip Psychotherapy, PhD.
Professional affiliations: FPC, UKCP
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
Initial Consultation: The initial consultation will be charged at £65 and will be for one 90 minute session or two 50 minute sessions.
Ongoing Therapy Fees: Ongoing therapy fees are £50-£60 per session. I have a limited number of concessionary rate sessions for those on a low income. The ongoing therapy fee will be something we will discuss in the initial consultation.
The aim of therapy and counselling is to help clients understand their own inner world, and the influence of patterns from the past on present ways of feeling, being and relating. Gaining deeper insight into what is troubling clients enables them to begin to make constructive changes to their lives.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling are effective treatments a range of problems, including:
- Suffering from depression
- Feeling anxious, burned out or stressed
- Feeling very angry
- Experiencing overwhelming guilt or shame
- Suffering disordered eating
- Battling with addiction
- Experiencing problems in the workplace
- Struggling to make and maintain good relationships
- Encountering obsessional thoughts or phobias
- Having difficulties with sexuality
- Experiencing bereavement and loss
- Suffering from trauma
- Struggling to find a sense of purpose
- Difficulties adapting to change.
As a psychodynamic psychotherapist, I have had experience in working with clients experiencing a wide variety of issues. I have a particular interest
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I have availability early morning, daytime and and in the evening.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|