Dawn Clifford

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BACP Reg.Mem.279476 Accred.Memb. Foundation for Infant Loss
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Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Hi; I'm Dawn, and my aim is to provide a warm, empathic, confidential and safe environment for you to talk. Working through and exploring your difficulties, and supporting you to find a way forward.

How counselling can help

We all have times in our lives when difficulties and emotions overwhelm us. Talking and working with a counsellor can lead you to make positive and sustainable improvements in your life and relationships, and I am passionate about offering you a totally non-judgmental supportive relationship in which you will feel safe and respected. I am totally committed to each and every single client I see, ensuring that they are listened to, and feel heard, perhaps for the first time.

Flexible Appointments

If necessary, I provide sessions out of normal working hours,

Training, qualifications & experience

I describe myself as an Integrative counsellor, drawing on a range of therapies, Person-Centred, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis and CBT, having had a wealth of experience in mental health.

I work with anxiety, intergenerational trauma, unresolved childhood issues, low self-esteem, depression, pre-birth grief and loss, and the effects that dementia can have on the person, their families and loved ones. I feel that, to be totally transparent, I not only counsel with pre-birth grief and loss, and dementia, but also have my own life experiences of these, so that I can be truly authentic with another person who finds themselves with the devastating feelings that these life experiences can bring.

Dementia:  Having managed a Dementia unit, I have witnessed the devastating effects that this umbrella term, Dementia, can have on the person and their families. Feelings of isolation and disbelief are all in the process of grief, as this was not the future landscape you ever thought you would be visiting. Counselling can give you a time, and space, for you to be reassured that your thoughts, emotions and feelings are a perfectly normal part of anticipatory grief.

Anticipatory grief can be explored as it is similar to the normal process of mourning, but happens before we see that person slipping away, and our feelings of having no control over this process. Counselling can help by giving you a space to allow you to stop, explore and recognise the feelings, and everyone grieves differently with no right or wrong way. To everyone caring for someone, I'd just like to shout out that you are doing a great job!

Pre-birth grief; Every mother or father will grieve differently.  Thinking about Counselling can be a huge hurdle to overcome, but when the time is right, talking with someone who is professionally qualified and trained, and allows you that space to unpack the devastating emotions, and to be able to express yourself, to know that everything is confidential, and that you can speak your truth, can be so freeing within itself.  Talking through the experience with a Counsellor of your choice, possibly about the apprehensions and confusions of future pregnancies, or not, may also allow you to feel slightly lighter. I am not taking anything away from, or diluting the effects of pre-birth grief, because, from the moment we know, we are a mum, and it's a baby. If you feel that the time is right for you to unpack your emotions, thoughts and feelings, please contact me, or another Counsellor.

I, like many others, have worked through the unprecedented times of COVID, and I know that it has been a period that has brought up a lot of unresolved issues for people, going right back to the child-self, feelings of anxiety due to uncertainty, feeling out of control, loneliness and a sense of isolation. When we explore these feelings, it's a rollercoaster of emotions, but, ultimately, we wish to come out of these times with more resilience and self-awareness. Counselling, again, can give you the space, and time, to allow yourself to unpack the thoughts and feelings, hopefully to go forward with resilience, hope and a landscape that you can change to your advantage, with time.

In addition, I feel privileged to work with a registered charity, Mid-and North Powys MIND.

I feel very strongly about the work that I do, and, therefore, continual professional development is an extremely important tool. I have trained with the Beresford Centre on pre-birth Grief and Loss, and now feel privileged also to be an Accredited Member of the Foundation for Infant Loss.

I work under the guidelines of the BACP's Ethical Framework, with regular supervision. I not only find supervision a vital tool, but find my own personal counselling an asset too.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with


£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Refugees

Additional information

I can offer you a free 15 minute initial consultation.

£45 per 50-minute session.

I can offer face to face, telephone or on-line support counselling, and I hope you will find that I am most flexible with appointment times.

Just ring 01597 850284, 07890 739920 or email

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Llandrindod Wells, Powys, LD1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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