Justin Clark MBACP (Accred)
I provide counselling and psychotherapy in Nottingham for adults and children, working with a wide range of issues and problems.
I also deliver training and workshops covering a range of personal development and management/business-related issues.
How I work
I am an integrative therapist, which means that I work within a humanistic, relational, and developmental framework.
For most people that doesn’t mean very much, so here's a brief explanation.
Humanistic therapies are all based on the beliefs above, and there are many theories and ways of understanding people that have stemmed from this.
But there are also lots of other ways to approach this. I don’t stick rigidly to ‘a way to do therapy’ but incorporate aspects of many different theories including some of the ‘non-humanistic’ ones. I do this because I believe that they are useful and helpful to the work of therapy.
My basic beliefs about people:
- everyone has essential worth
- people are not 'good' or 'bad' – we all have the potential for both
- we all have the capacity to choose
- people are responsible for themselves
- people have the power to change and grow
- we exist in relationship with the world around us
- the truth about people is more than the sum of all the parts
I place particular importance and value on the relationship that develops between myself and the client. I believe that we all exist in relationship with the world around us, and so when we are trying to make changes, or solve problems, or make sense of our experiences, we also do that in relationship. Therapy is very different from most other relationships you may have – that’s part of its value, but it is still a relationship.
I believe that we form fundamental beliefs about ourselves and others from the very beginning of our lives. As such, I pay attention to the developmental processes that were (or were not) formative in the individual's experience, which can then guide future therapeutic work.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a wide range of experience of working with people who are in need of support or experiencing difficulty. I have previously worked in mental health, supported housing, and alternative education. In 2007 I started my journey to being a therapist, completing a Counselling Concepts course.
In 2013 I gained a BSc (Hons) degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy with the Sherwood Institute in Nottingham. Whilst managing a school counselling service in 2016 I completed a Certificate in Therapeutic Counselling Supervision. In 2019 I chose to extend my academic experience, returning to The Sherwood Institute to commence an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy.
I have also previously managed therapeutic services for Place2Be and The Children's Society, before choosing to focus solely on private practice.
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.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
LGBT, lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans related issues.
£50 per session (including assessments)
Reduced fees available for student therapists - see website for details.
Payment by card (or cash).
Some health insurance also covered - see website for details.