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About me

Hello, my name's Simone. I’m an experienced UKCP registered psychotherapist and counsellor with 15 years of clinical practice.

I offer a friendly and professional service focused on improving the social, emotional, and mental wellbeing of my clients.

I’ve been seeing clients in private practice since 2009 and have worked across many different settings including an NHS Adult Community Mental Health Team and Specialist Counselling Service. I’ve extensive experience of working with people of all ages, from diverse backgrounds, with a wide range of social, emotional, and mental health issues.

I’m passionate about service quality improvement, and since 2013 have worked with voluntary and statutory sector services interested in improving their patients’ treatment experience and therapeutic outcomes.

I have an interest in "trauma and the nervous system" and Polyvagal Theory - the “the science of feeling safe” developed by Dr Stephen Porges. Polyvagal Theory focuses on what's happening in our body and our nervous system, and explains how our sense of safety, or danger or threat, can impact how we think, feel and behave.

While social distancing restrictions are in place, I’m offering appointments online (e.g., Zoom, Skype, FaceTime) or by telephone. I’ve used these formats since 2010 and value the opportunities they provide to help us stay connected.

My Approach

I view therapy as a joint venture, where we work together to help you better understand your inner world, and its impact on how you view yourself, others, and your external world.

My aim is to understand and connect with you and your story, and to provide a welcoming and supportive space for you.

How we work together will be informed by what you bring to therapy. I’m trained and experienced in different therapeutic approaches and will combine concepts drawn from a range of traditions, theories, and research. Together, we’ll find the best fit for your own preferences, along with the nature and duration of the problems you’re wanting to address - and the impact they’re having on you and your life.

Finding out about ourselves in the presence of a responsive and curious other can be a rewarding and enriching process, with many clients experiencing their therapy as an enjoyable part of their personal growth and development.

To ensure how I’m working with you is helping, I’ll invite you to fill in a questionnaire, so together we can 'track' your progress at regular intervals. Completing the questionnaire takes about three to five minutes and is a bit like taking a temperature check. Your responses will help me to get the therapy right for you. I’ve found the use of questionnaires often generates conversations that might not ordinarily happen and can help resource clients to have an active involvement in the therapeutic process.


Training, qualifications & experience

I'm a professionally trained, qualified and experienced relational Psychotherapist and Certified Transactional Analyst (CTA P). I’m registered with the Humanistic and Integrative College of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of the United Kingdom of Association for Transactional Analysis (UKATA). I hold the following qualifications:

  • Master of Science in Transactional Analysis Psychotherapy awarded by Middlesex University. This qualification means I have successfully undertaken a rigorous accredited training which meets the exacting standards required for registration with UKCP
  • Core Process Psychotherapy Diploma in Mindfulness in Relationship awarded by the Karuna Institute, Devon
  • Foundation Training in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Shrewsbury
  • People, Personality & Disorder in Mental Health Care, University of Lincoln
  • Engaging the Rhythm of Regulation: Foundations of Polyvagal Informed Practice Part 1, Deb Dana in collaboration with the Polyvagal Institute
  • Certificate in Further Counselling Skills awarded by the LINK Centre, Sussex
  • BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision (The British Psychological Society), London
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling (The National Counselling Society / ACTO)
  • Disordered Eating: Somatic, Self-Compassion, and Mindfulness Interventions for Lasting Recovery, Ann Safe Biasetti, Ph.D., PESIUK
  • Dr Bessel van der Kolk on How the Body Keeps the Score: Intensive Trauma Treatment Course, PESIUK
  • Advanced Training for Trauma Treatment of Complex PTSD, Arizona Trauma Institute
  • Clinical Applications of the Polyvagal Theory with Stephen Porges, PhD: Trauma, Attachment, Self-Regulation & Emotions, PESIUK

I’ve also undergone training in Compassionate Inquiry; Eating Disorders; Third Wave CBT; Interpersonal Psychotherapy; Mindfulness and Psychotherapy; Applied Suicide Intervention Skills; Clinical Risk Assessment and Management; and The Art and Science of Therapeutic Storytelling approaches.

As a member of UKCP, I abide by their Code of Ethics and Professional Practice to ensure I provide clients with a professional and quality service. I'm in regular clinical supervision, where I receive support and feedback on my client work from a senior colleague. This is a professional requirement of the UKCP Code of Ethics, to ensure I work in a manner which is safe and of most benefit to my clients. I'm enhanced DBS checked and insured for private practice.

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for 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 and behavioural therapies
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Schema Therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

£50.00 per session

Additional information

Research evidence has consistently shown the most important factor in the success of therapy is not the type of therapy, but the quality of the relationship between client and therapist. So, the most important first step for you is to find a therapist you like and feel comfortable with. To help you with this step, I offer a free, no obligation, 20-minute telephone consultation to discuss how therapy may be of benefit to you and whether I’m someone you’d like to work with.



Availability

Appointments are available Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.30am and 6pm. They are normally scheduled weekly but may be fortnightly.

Church Stretton
Shropshire
SY6

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You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

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Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Organisations
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Simone Mellor-Clark, MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg.

Simone Mellor-Clark, MSc (Psych) CTA (P) UKCP Reg.