Claire Spiller
BA Hons., Dip.Couns.,
Clinical Dip. & MSc Clinical Gestalt Psychotherapy

UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist
I am a Clinical Psychotherapist registered with the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I qualified from the UKCP accredited training programme at the Metanoia Institute in London with a Diploma and MSc in Clinical Gestalt Psychotherapy. I am also a qualified Counsellor with a Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

I have worked in crisis management settings for fifteen years in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors. I previously worked clinically for a therapy agency specialising in rape, sexual abuse, domestic and sexual violence. I work with relational difficulties, including conflict management in work or at college, sexuality and problems with personal or intimate relationships. I have experience of working with adult mental health and completed an NHS placement within a secondary care Clinical Psychological Services and Crisis Response team as a key part of my Psychotherapy training.

I also work in a role as Director of a young persons charity. I was invited to their Board as a trustee to bring my legal background in equality and diversity practice and have held my position on a voluntary basis since 2004.
  • BA (Hons) Communication Studies
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling
  • Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy
  • MSc in Clinical Gestalt Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy and Counselling
There are many similarities between counselling and psychotherapy and you may be wondering about whether there are any differences between them. I think of counselling as a shorter-term support to focus on difficulties in life, and psychotherapy can offer an in-depth longer term approach for personal development. Psychotherapy training generally takes longer and Psychotherapists will be registered with the UKCP 'Find a Therapist' Service.

I offer a reduction to both counselling and psychotherapy students where personal therapy is required as part of a training programme.

My Approach

I trained in a Contemporary Relational Psychotherapy approach in which the therapeutic relationship is at the heart of the therapy process. I will not tell clients how to live their lives, instead I offer a joint exploration of what you are doing, how you are doing this, and how you might do things differently, by taking into account your thoughts, feelings, behaviour and relationships within your particular situation. I work collaboratively within a respectful and confidential environment to explore how you may be experiencing your difficulties through your mind and body and what you are looking to achieve.
What I offer - some of the areas I work with include:
  • Post traumatic stress
  • Sexual, Physical and Emotional abuse
  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Panic attacks and phobias
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Chronic illness
  • Self harm
  • HIV and Aids related illness
  • Dependency and addictive behaviours

If you would like to find out more, please contact the Clinic leaving your name and number.

I will be happy to answer your queries and then, if you wish, to arrange an initial meeting to explore your issues further in confidence.

At an initial appointment we look at what you are hoping for from therapy and for us to consider whether we might work together. I am very happy to make suggestions of other practitioners or approaches if this seems more appropriate. If we decide that therapy with me may be useful to you, I offer a one to one therapy agreement and we usually look to arrange a regular time on a weekly or fortnightly basis. Sessions last for one hour.

To send enquiries for therapy by email, please use the Contact button above.

or telephone Penarth Natural Health Services on 029 2070 1370

I am a member of the Metanoia Institute and I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice issued by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy.