Dr Claire Bloxsom Integrative counsellor , LE1
I offer counselling and therapy in Nottingham and Leicester. My focus is on helping you to make change, gain new insights about yourself and others, and to develop a greater sense of wellbeing.
What to expect from Counselling:
Counselling aims to enhance and develop your sense of wellbeing to support you to make the life changes you are looking for. We all experience problems and darker times in life, and sometimes it really helps to have space for you to explore your thoughts and feelings. Counselling involves working with an unbiased and qualified professional in a safe, predictable, and confidential environment, typically (but not always) weekly, for an agreed period of time.
Whilst counselling is an effective process, it shouldn't always be an easy one - it's important to feel challenged. Commitment and work are inevitably needed in order to make change. Some clients may want to work on one specific issue over a short period of time, whilst others may want to engage with longer term in-depth work. As a rough guide, short-term work often ranges from between 4-12 sessions whereas longer-term work could be a year, a few years, or it can be open-ended. You may have a sense of how long you are looking to work for, but it's equally fine to not really know, and we can take things in stages. However, whatever length of time we work with, we will regularly review the sessions and the work we are doing so you have a clear sense of your development.
How I work:
My therapy approach focuses on psychological integration. This means that I consider ways in which an individual can better experience a sense of wholeness and comfort within themselves. I draw on a variety of theoretical approaches to help us reflect on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour may interact. I consider the importance of both the mind (thoughts) and body (feelings), and how they both can impact us in our everyday lives.
We all take in messages of some sort from the world and we will have our own way of reacting to these. These messages might be explicit and direct or implicit, say through body language, and might come from our parents, peers, siblings, larger family, from society as a whole, the media, or from our culture. Sometimes the messages we take in are supportive and helpful, but other times they may not support our needs and identity and might create difficult feelings.
I am flexible and adaptable to client needs and have experience of both long and short-term work. I'm open to working creatively and with metaphor and symbolism, as sometimes it is difficult to put our feelings into a clear narrative. However, as a focus of our work would be to support your personal empowerment, I cannot 'tell you' what to do. Instead, I will offer suggestions and feedback that we can explore together.
I believe that everyone has the capacity to grow, change, and feel happier if we are given safe enough challenges, space, time, and circumstances that work for us. I am very open-minded, not easily fazed and have an empathic, warm, and creative style.
Training and qualifications
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling (Cert. Couns) (University of Leicester)
- Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) (Metanoia Institute, London) leading to MBACP.
Other related qualifications:
- BSc. (Hons) Psychology (University College London)
- Postgraduate Certificate of Higher Education (PGCHE) (Nottingham Trent University)
- Ph.D in Psychology (University of Leicester) leading to C.Psychol, AFBPsS (Chartered Member and Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society)
I am a qualified Counsellor registered by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP). I have a Certificate in Counselling from The University of Leicester and a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling (Clin.Dip) from the Metanoia Institute in London. I have completed shorter courses, for example, psychodynamic counselling, motivational interviewing, transactional analysis, assessments, safeguarding, working with LGBT+ clients, sexual and gender diversity, and attachment and adaptation in adulthood. I have some specialist experience working with HIV positive clients. I am currently in the last stages of completing an MSc in Integrative Psychotherapy at the Metanoia Institute (West London), which will lead to additional full UKCP membership.
Related qualifications and experience include a Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (University) teaching (PGCHE), and a PhD in Psychology, which led to my Chartership and Associate Fellowship as a Research and Teaching Psychologist (Chartered by the British Psychological Society). My PhD involved researching anger experience and ways we connect emotionally to others. I have many years’ experience of teaching psychology and mental health from Undergraduate to PhD level, and I previously worked as a full-time University Lecturer in Psychology. Although I am not a CBT-specific practitioner, I able to integrate a 'training'/ 'CBT-style' approach into our work if it feels appropriate.
I currently work as a counsellor for a HIV charity in Nottingham and I also volunteer and assess part-time at a counselling centre in Leicester. I have some experience of psychiatric environments. Alongside my practice, I remain affiliated with a university in the East Midlands, and work as an independent psychology trainer.
I am insured, have had full / enhanced DBS checks, and have regular clinical supervision. I have experienced counselling myself as a client for several years and can therefore appreciate the process from both standpoints. I am a registered member of the BACP and work within their ethical framework.
Some examples of areas I have worked with include:
- Anxiety and depression
- A sense of things just not feeling quite 'right'
- Sexuality / sexual problems or addiction
- LGBTQAA+: Sexual orientation / Gender identity
- Relationship difficulties in childhood and in adulthood
- Shame and guilt
- HIV and stigma
- Emotional neglect
- Psychological / physical / sexual abuse
- Difficulty feeling and / or expressing emotions (e.g. feeling numb)
- Difficulty regulating and controlling emotional expression (e.g. feeling ‘manic’, ‘panicky’)
- Bereavement and loss
- Bipolar Disorder
- Personality problems
- Life changes
- Careers and work-related problems
- Adapting to university life.
I have had some specialist experience in working with clients with an HIV diagnosis as a Buddy in the 1990s, and now continue to work with HIV positive clients as a counsellor. I have a special interest in working with long-term survivors of HIV, and am an advocate against HIV-related stigma.
I am a qualified higher education lecturer in psychology and tutor.
I worked with undergraduate and postgraduate students in higher education as a tutor, academic supervisor, course team member, and senior lecturer for several years - and therefore I have an understanding of student needs, both in adapting to university and throughout the educational process.
Integrative Cognitive behaviour therapy Existential Mindfulness Person-centred/humanistic Psychodynamic Issues often worked with:
AnxietyDepressionFamily issuesInterpersonal relationshipsSerious illness / Chronic painSexual problemsSexuality issuesTrauma Availability:
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I am available to see clients in Leicester on Thursdays 10am-8pm. Lifts and toilet facilities available onsite. On street parking nearby, as are car parks. Central location.
I work variable times in Nottingham, but mainly Wednesdays 10-2pm. Parking permit available for session visits outside the practice. Please note there is no lift but the ground floor rooms are potentially available. Please enquire.