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Claire Spiller

Psychotherapist - Gestalt Therapist

Price - £60

Claire has full professional registration with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to provide Psychotherapy to adult individuals. 

She was awarded an MSc and Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in London in 2014 and has been a qualified counsellor since 2010.

What is Gestalt Therapy? 

Gestalt developed from diverse roots including eastern and existential philosophy, which offered a therapeutic alternative to the classical psychoanalytic traditions of interpretation. As an approach to psychotherapy, Gestalt can often be misunderstood based on the early heritage of challenge and confrontation in the 1960’s and 70’s.

It is important to highlight how the Gestalt approach changed through time, evolving into a contemporary relational perspective. ‘Modern Gestalt’ developed to share responsibility for what happens in therapy, through exploring the uniqueness of experience within a respectful meeting.  

Claire was taught the modern Gestalt approach as a life philosophy, an affirmative orientation towards our embodied being into how we organise and experience our existence. It might be summarised by the late James Bugental (1976, p.2):  

‘The primary focus is to help each person hear within himself more fully and accurately so he can direct his own life more satisfyingly’

Clinical Work and Background

Claire’s training included Sensorimotor trauma therapy, which draws on neuroscience to safely develop body awareness and support the resources of the embodied mind. 

She has a background of clinical work with male and female survivors of rape, domestic, psychological and sexual abuse, exploring personal or intimate relationships with sensitivity and respect. Claire works collaboratively within a respectful and confidential environment, maintaining a clear focus on deepening awareness; developing coping skills and widening the ability to function. 

She has extensive clinical experience of working with people experiencing difficulties relating to traumatic life events, including;

  • self-harm

  • burnout

  • work-related stress

  • chronic illness

  • divorce and separation

  • depression

  • loss

  • anxiety.

  • Claire works with relational difficulties, including conflict management in employment or training, sexuality and problems within personal or intimate relationships.

Claire also works with adult mental health issues and a key aspect of her Psychotherapy training was working within a Clinical Psychological Services and Crisis Response team on NHS placement. 

She has an understanding of LGBT+, Buddhism, Islam, BAMER, Immigration, Asylum, Catholicism and clerical matters. 

Claire is a qualified Trainer with extensive experience of designing and delivering training courses for small and large groups. She is currently in the final stages of completing a Teaching Certificate. 

QUALIFICATIONS

  • BA (Hons) Communication Studies

  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling

  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling

  • Diploma in Counselling (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency (prior to moving to UKCP)

  • Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy

  • MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy

  • UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist

  • Preparing to Teach in Post Compulsory Education and Training (equivalent to PTLLS Level 4)