Claudine Swinton-Lee Psychotherapist (Dip.Psych; MBACP)
Down to earth and confidential short term and long term counselling offered to adults. Couples and relationship counselling also undertaken upon appropriate assessment.
Basic orientation as a therapist lies in the recognition of how the past (distant or most recent) effects present behaviour, attitude and choice - not always in the way we would ideally like or wish - and hence determines our future thus perpetuating negative cycles of experience. Although therapy is not 'magic' and one should never promise a successful outcome, I am happy to say that clients that finish their therapy with me leave with a new bank of self-knowledge, clarification of issues and lifelong tools all acquired through their attendance - and, most importantly, unhappy 'cycles' of experience broken.
In our first session we will clarify what your expectations and goals are. An initial consultation allows us an introduction which will enable you to decide whether or not you would like to continue working with me. We will speak about what the catalyst has been in making an appointment; as you explain I will also describe to you in what ways therapy may help you to resolve certain problems, the obstacles that may sometimes stand in the way of this (what we term 'defense mechanisms') and how, through your 'free association' (talking in an environment without being judged) we will discover certain beliefs and thoughts that up until now may have remained 'unknown' (consciously) but have still exercised a 'dynamic' and effective influence over actions and thought (i.e psychodynamic understanding)
Through your narrative - that is to say, data based on factual word from yourself within our sessions - I will offer explanations and interpretations which are coincidental with realisations being made from week to week, and which bring clarity and understanding to what previously may have appeared confusing and inescapable. Through application of what is being experienced and made sense of in therapy, then, we will see certain changes occur. We call this process 'working through'.
Seeing life and oneself in new ways will bring, it is hoped, empowerment, confidence and, ultimately, skills to remain calm and happy - even in the more (and inevitable) challenging times presented by life.
I usually suggest booking a regular slot in the diary, until therapy is no longer required. There is no obligation to attend all sessions booked but continuity is essential for successful therapy.
I offer an 8 week course and see couples on session one and eight together - and then separately on separate days for the six weeks in the interim. In session one we discuss the problems and challenges facing partners in the relationship. In session eight we discuss the developments and personal insights made. The method is regarded as a short term therapy designed to aid personal growth and to develop recognition of how and in what ways one effects - and is effected by - the other. Discovering what events have led to certain behaviours frees us from previous debilitating patterns of involvement and helps us to understand not only ourselves but our partners, family, friends and so on.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Psychodynamic Psychotherapy (International School Of Psychodynamic Psychotherapy) P.G Diploma (4 year study programme)
Hypnotherapy (London College Of Clinical Hypnosis) Certificate.
MBACP - Member British Association Of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Certificate of Proficiency held)
I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues in relation to specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger/frustration, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained /psychosomatic symptoms, partner and family issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation, menopausal impact, insomnia, self-harm.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
As mentioned above, I am particularly familiar in seeing clients - both men and women - who wish to resolve issues around specific and generalised anxiety, addiction, anger, depression, psychosexual issues, sexuality, obsessive compulsive disorder, phobias, medically unexplained/psychosomatic symptoms, family/relationship issues, workplace conflict and challenges, difficulties in romantic life, feeling bullied, over-thinking/over-reacting, low self-esteem/lack of confidence, indecision, feeling empty/unfulfilled, feeling out of control/procrastination, attachment disorder, difficulty in liking self and making connection with others, relationship break up and separation, affairs, feelings of helplessness and fear, guilt and shame issues, unmanageable stress, loss/bereavement, trauma, mid-life crisis/existential issues, feelings of isolation, menopausal impact, insomnia, self-harm.
50 minute Initial Consultation; £55.00
Daytime/Evening bookings; £55.00
Couples Counselling: As per individual therapy fees above (one single payment only for session one/eight shared session)
There are limited concessionary places available so please enquire if you are in receipt of benefits, student loans, are on a low income or other circumstances necessary to take into account.
I am accustomed to and enjoy meeting with people from diverse and varied backgrounds, religions, cultures/beliefs and of all ages, abilities and sexual orientations.
I adhere to BACP's Ethical Framework guidelines and receive ongoing monthly clinical supervision (I have full professional indemnity insurance)
Most Recent CPD Workshops;
Treating Anxiety - CBT approach (CCBT)
Gender Dysphoria (Michelle Bridgeman)
Dealing With Distress - Working With Self-Harm And Suicide (PODS)
Positive Outcomes For Dissociative Survivors (PODS)
Working With Dissociative Identity Disorder (PODS)
Running Mindfulness Groups