Clare Whitt

Bristol, BS9
07505 912740 07505 912740 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am an experienced, BACP accredited counsellor and offer support to individuals and couples facing a wide range of issues. You may be suffering with anxiety, depression, low self esteem, be experiencing relationship problems or have been bereaved or going through loss. Whatever you are struggling with, I offer confidential support to help you work through things and to process what can often be very challenging and painful feelings.

Counselling with me offers a safe, neutral and confidential space. I look to build a therapeutic relationship with every client, where you can talk openly about your thoughts and feelings, without fear of judgement or criticism. People I work with regularly comment on how helpful it is to talk to someone outside their usual circles and of the release they feel in talking to me as a trained professional, who listens and helps them to explore things in a way they haven’t done before. My aim is to work with you to help you understand yourself and your relationships better and with this enhanced understanding, find new perspectives and a clearer way forward.

I have worked as a therapist for 8 years and bring a breadth of experience to my private practice, developed from working in a variety of settings including NHS Primary care, a university counselling service, as well as various local counselling agencies. As an integrative therapist, I am able to bring together a number of different approaches and tailor them to meet your individual needs, working at a pace that feels right for you.

I offer short term, focussed counselling or longer term, open ended psychotherapy, in weekly sessions which usually take place at the same day/time each week. All sessions last for an hour. I will discuss your needs with you in an initial session and from there, we can agree how best to work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Experience

Alongside running my private practice, I have worked in a variety of settings; Primary Care seeing NHS patients with varied and complex needs, a university counselling service and local counselling agencies, including Mothers for Mothers and Hopes' Place where I supported people with post natal illness as well as Penny Brohn UK, a charity offering support to people affected by cancer.

Some of the specific issues I regularly work with include depression, anxiety, stress, lack of confidence and low self esteem, struggles with personal identity, abuse, trauma, loss, bereavement, relationship difficulties, work and family issues, long term health conditions, parenting, life transitions and pregnancy related issues and loss.

Training and qualifications

My core training was obtained through a BACP accredited counselling diploma at UWE, Bristol and was integrative in its approach, using the relational model. I attend regular CPD training events. Before training to become a counsellor, I worked as a solicitor in private practice in Bristol.

- BACP accredited Counselling Diploma in Professional Studies - UWE, Bristol
- CORST approved Advanced Certificate in Relationship Therapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Certificate for Transactional Analysis 101
- LLB (Hons) - Exeter University                                                                                       - ILM Level 5 Coaching and Mentoring Certificate - UWE, Bristol.                                     - Ongoing and regular professional development training.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

£55 per session for individuals

£65 per session for couples

I work with Employee Assistance Programmes and am an Aviva and VitalityHealth registered practitioner.

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Further information

Getting started

To book an initial appointment or for a brief confidential conversation to find out more and ask any questions you have, please get in touch by phone or email.

Location

I am based in BS9 where I work from a private and quiet therapy room. There is plenty of unrestricted parking available or it is a short walk to the nearest bus stops on Henleaze Road or Lake Road.

I also offer telephone or online sessions via Zoom, FaceTime or Whereby.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Availability

I offer weekday appointments.

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme
Clare Whitt

Clare Whitt