Claire van den Bosch

EMDR Practitioner MA (Oxf), PG Dip Couns (UKCP) (EMDR Europe)

I have been in the helping profession for over 20 years, having started as a peer educator and counsellor during the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 80s and 90s. I then became a mentor for those in addiction recovery, before training in psychotherapy in 2009. I take a trauma-informed approach and work compassionately and creatively with addiction, anxiety, panic, phobias, body and food issues, shame, anger, attachment, relationship and psychosexual difficulties.  

My initial psychotherapy training was integrative, with the CCPE, and I have since trained in EMDR, AF-EMDR, Internal Family Systems, Ego State Therapy, the neurobiology of trauma, body-oriented approaches, and structural and functional dissociation. Along with my own experience of recovery, I draw on each of these approaches, tailoring them to the needs of my clients.

I have a Masters in Psychology, Philosophy and Physiology from Oxford University, and I am a registered member of the UKCP and an Accredited EMDR practitioner. I am also an EMDR trainer with EMDR Focus, specialising in EMDR and Addictions, and have been teaching on the Gestalt module of the Psychotherapy Diploma at CCPE for several years now. 

I live in East Surrey with my partner (and our motorbikes), and when we’re not working we’re usually to be found riding up and down Welsh or Scottish mountains or else the twisty country lanes closer to home, preferably with some wild swimming along the way.