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About me

Hi, I'm Claudine and I'm a BACP registered Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor with a background in journalism, art and education.

I came to counselling training after benefitting from therapy myself and experiencing the real support it can offer in times of challenge.

I now draw on my past experiences to support clients who are feeling creatively stuck or limited in some way. We all feel stuck at some points in life, whether you are struggling to move through a bereavement or a relationship break up, for example, a judgement free environment in which you can work through your feelings with honesty can offer relief and the space you need.

I am interested in your embodied experience of the world and the information your body holds about you. I have a particular interest in working with clients with Auto Immune diseases such as ME, MS, and Fibromyalgia. The way in which illness can affect our sense of self, our relationship with our own bodies and our relationships with those around us is often neglected and I welcome exploring your experience with you in the therapy room.

I have most recently been working with adult survivors of Child Sexual Abuse and clients who are feeling suicidal. If you are struggling with similar experiences, please don't hesitate to get in touch with any questions. I'd love to hear from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BA in English Literature, an MA in Contemporary Literature and Culture and a Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling.

I am currently completing an MSc in Humanistic Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute in West London.

Member organisations

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Mid life can often bring up difficult feelings and is not an uncommon time to enter therapy. If you are struggling to make sense of, or find meaning in, the second half of life get in touch and we can explore all of this together.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Additional information

After an initial phone call to discuss your needs and how we might work together, my fees are £60 per 50 minute session.

Availability

I am also available for early morning and weekend appointments. 

Further information

To get started, just call or send me an email. I'll respond within 48 hours and we can have an initial chat to see what you want to get out of therapy and arrange a first session. Then, if we agree we'd like to work together, we'll arrange a regular weekly session and take it from there.

6 Lower Grosvenor Place
London
SW1W 0EN

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Claudine Astles

Claudine Astles