Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom

Nottingham
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Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom, UKCP Accredited Psychotherapist

Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom

Nottingham
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My Approach

Integrative Relational Psychotherapy

About Me

Clinical Qualifications, Interests, and Experience:

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist and trained at the Metanoia Institute in London. I have three main clinical qualifications: a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychodynamic Counselling, a Clinical Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy, and an MSc (with Distinction) in Integrative Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute/Middlesex University).

My particular areas of clinical interest include anxiety, depression and low mood, cultural and sociopolitical issues especially sexuality and gay and bisexual men’s health, and developmental and relational trauma. I am especially interested in working with clients with an HIV diagnosis and have experience working in this field (both long term diagnosed and newly diagnosed). I have experience working with clients from a variety of diverse backgrounds and experiences.

How I work:

I have a small cliniclal practice where I work either face-to-face or online (Zoom) with adults (18+). The heart of my therapeutic approach is relational and appreciates our uniqueness as individuals and on your developing sense of ‘psychological integration’. This means that I would invite you to consider ways in which you might experience a deeper sense of wholeness, connection, and comfort within yourself. I consider each therapy relationship to be different, and so I draw on a wide variety of theoretical approaches to help us reflect on how your thoughts, feelings, and behaviour may interact, converge, or diverge. For example, I appreciate the importance of the mind (thoughts), body (physiological experience), socio-political culture and oppression, how we make meaning in our life existentially, our ‘spiritual’ and/or creative selves, and how all these aspects 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 and a sense of unease.

I have experience of long, mid-term, and shorter-term work, though I most typically work medium to long-term. I'm open to working creatively, and consider the potential role of metaphor, symbolism, the arts (especially music as a listener or as a musician), and the language and sensation of our body in addition to an explicit verbal narrative. As a focus of our work would be to support your personal empowerment, I cannot 'tell you' what to do. However, I will offer suggestions and feedback that we can evaluate together. My general interactional style is actively involved and I work collaboratively and relationally: This means that I value the process of the therapy relationship we create together which may be useful to use when exploring insights into your life.

In addition to my clinical work and qualifications, I am a qualified Higher Education Lecturer and also work as an Assistant Professor/Senior Teaching Fellow on an MSc in Psychotherapy and Counselling at the University of Warwick. I have a Postgraduate Cert. in Higher Education, and am an Academic Psychologist by PhD (Chartered Academic Psychologist, Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society)*. I am also involved in music and have a strong interest in music and its meaning in emotional wellbeing.

As I also work in a Unievrsity setting as a Psychotherapy tutor, I only have a small practice. Therefore, if I am full, but we feel I might be able to to help, I can offer to hold you on a waiting list should that be something that works for you.

‘This member has completed UKCP Covid-19 Online Working Guidance’

*Please note that although I regularly use skills gained from my academic training to enhance my clinical practice, my PhD is an academic Doctorate, and not a clinical one.

I work with

  • Individuals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have experience working with clients with an HIV diagnosis (especially long-term diagnosed) and have a particular interest in emotional wellbeing and mental health in this context, especially in the context of diversity.
Anxiety is a normal and healthy state when it is in regulation. However, many of us move out of regulation in such that it feels overwhelming and then we move out of healthy anxiety to something that can cause us a lot of distress and discomfort. I am very interested in the role of the body in anxiety and how we can work in a mutifaceted way to ground ourselves when life can become difficult.
We are contantly in relationship with ourselves and with others and the social world around us. Relationships are core to our lived experience and we all have unoque experiences. I work relationally, therefore using the therapy relationship itself as a social microcosm to explore patterns that may exist in an individual's wider social world.
This is a very broad concept which may mean different things to different people. I tend to think and work in a very philosophical and existential way. I therefore am intersted in the wider implicit sense of existence.
I have approximately 16 years experience in training in various contexts, mainly as a university lecturer. Therefore I am very experienced in training, and use some of these skills actively in psychotherapy practice. This experience usually means I work well with clients who are interested in actively involved psychoeducation, together with approaching the work from other perspectives.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • AIDS/HIV
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Chronic Illness
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Health-related Issues
  • Identity Problems
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Training
  • Transgender
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

Nottingham Office


Nottingham
United Kingdom

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Cost:

Fee: Individual fee - £50 per 60 minute hour. Initial 30 min call offered at no cost.

Concessions: I have a limited availability of small concessions for clients who are on a low income.

Concession:

I have a limited availability of small concessions for clients who are on a low income.

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)
Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom

Claire Alexia Jane Bloxsom

Nottingham

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