Dr Claire Mansfield (CPsychol, PsychD), Counselling Psychologist

Counselling PsychologistDr Claire Mansfield offers private therapy and counselling and a compassionate and sensitive approach. Claire provides empathy and expertise and applies psychological theory and practice to a wide range of personal and emotional difficulties. Claire works full time at her private practice located in Berkhamsted. Claire previously worked as a psychologist within the NHS, specialising in adults with complex and enduring mental health difficulties. Claire has a wealth of experience, working with adults and children for over 10 years with emotional, behavioural and psychological difficulties.

Claire offers private counselling and therapy with no waiting lists, in a comfortable, confidential setting. Claire works collaboratively with clients to bring resolution, insight and change to emotional and psychological difficulties. Clients choose whether they want short-term or long-term therapy and Claire will discuss the various therapeutic approaches available to clients dependent on their difficulties and needs.

Qualifications and accreditation

Dr Claire Mansfield holds a professional doctorate degree in counselling psychology, a masters degree in cultural analysis and an undergraduate degree in psychology. As a counselling psychologist, Claire has been trained in many models of psychotherapy including cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), compassion focused therapy, psychodynamic therapy, person centred therapy and mentalization based treatment (MBT). Claire is accredited by the British Psychological Society as a chartered psychologist, reflecting the highest standards of psychological knowledge and expertise. She is also accredited by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC), the regulator for health care professionals (registration number PYL33124).

What is a counselling psychologist?

Counselling psychologists are highly trained professionals who have a minimum of 6 years of full-time training. They are regulated by the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC) and accredited by the British Psychological Society. Counselling psychologists are ‘practitioner psychologists’, a title protected by law, unlike titles such as counsellor or psychotherapist who are not regulated by the HCPC and therefore anyone can use these titles with no minimum training criteria. You can check the HCPC register to check if a professional is registered and that they meet the HCPC standards for professional skills and training. Counselling psychologists are trained to offer counselling and therapy, drawing on psychological knowledge and expertise as scientist-practitioners. Qualifying for chartered membership status as a psychologist demonstrates high levels of academic attainment, applied experience and supervised practice, and a commitment to lifelong learning and development. You can check the British Psychological Society register to check if a psychologist is chartered.