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

UKCP Registered Gestalt Psychotherapist
Welcome & video message

I am a Psychotherapist accredited by the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) to provide Psychotherapy to adult individuals. I hold a current and enhanced DBS certificate.

I began my initial counselling training at Cardiff University in 1998 and qualified as a counsellor in 2010, following a range of voluntary counselling placements over a ten year period.

I trained further throughout my 30's and in 2014, was awarded an MSc and Clinical Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy from the Metanoia Institute in London, since when I have held full professional UKCP registration. I have a short video with information about what I offer:
What is Gestalt Therapy ?
Gestalt developed from diverse roots, including existential and eastern philosophy, which nourished a therapeutic alternative to classical psychoanalytic traditions of interpretation. It offered a radical revision of Freud's psychology and today, can sometimes 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.

I 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 is not a repair-based model and 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.'

This closely links with dialogical theory and practice within Gestalt Psychotherapy, where the philosophical roots of Gestalt also nurture the therapeutic process. I regularly attend Continuing Professional Development programmes at the Gestalt Centre Wales to deepen my understanding of how philosophy informs the dialogical approach within psychotherapy, and I am developing an academic research proposal in this area.

Clinical work and background

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

I have a background of clinical work with male and female survivors of rape, sexual abuse, domestic and psychological violence, exploring personal or intimate relationships with sensitivity and respect. I work collaboratively within a respectful and confidential environment, maintaining a clear focus on deepening awareness; developing coping skills and widening the ability to function. I have extensive clinical experience of working with people experiencing difficulties relating to traumatic life events, including self-harm, burnout, chronic illness, divorce and separation, depression, loss, stress and anxiety.

I work with relational difficulties, including conflict management in employment or training, sexuality and problems with personal or intimate relationships. I work with adult mental health issues and a key part of my Psychotherapy training was working within a Clinical Psychological Services and Crisis Response team on NHS placement.

Since 2004, I have held a voluntary position as a Director of a young persons' charity. I was invited to their Board to bring my legal background in equality and diversity practice. I have an understanding of LGBT+, Buddhism, Islam, BAMER, Immigration, Asylum, Catholicism and clerical matters.

I am a qualified Trainer with extensive experience of designing and delivering training courses for small and large groups of up to 40 persons. I am currently in the final stages of completing a Teaching Certificate with Cardiff Metropolitan University.

My interest in Therapy training grew following a chance meeting at Newark Airport in 1993, with the Film Director, Derek Jarman, from whom I experienced the value of being 'met' by another human being.
  • 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)
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. You may see my register entry here:

I offer a reduction to both counselling and psychotherapy students where weekly therapy is a requirement of a clinical training programme.

Academic Consultancy

I understand the challenges for psychotherapy students throughout the course of training and I offer consultancy support, writing and transcription skills to help you structure, approach and complete your training journey with a clear focus on integrating theory to your clinical practice within your written academic work.

My Approach

I recently read the following affirmation:

'How would it be to remember who you were before the world told you who you should be?'

I believe that therapy is about working to discover more of your uniqueness. Working together and how we do so, is at the heart of the therapy process. I offer a joint exploration of what brings you to therapy and how you experience your sense of self, as we reflect on your particular life situation by taking into account your thoughts, feelings, behaviour, perceptions and relationships. Together we explore how you may be experiencing any difficulties through your mind and body, including what you are doing, how you are doing this, how this may be impacting on you and what you hope to achieve.

As we work together, I may also be interested in what happens between us, as the therapeutic relationship can often illuminate issues at the heart of the therapy process.

What I offer - some of the areas I work with include:

  • Post traumatic stress
  • Sexual, Physical and Psychological abuse
  • Depression
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Burnout
  • Panic attacks
  • Loss and bereavement
  • Chronic illness
  • Self-harm
  • HIV and Aids related illness
  • Dependency and addictive behaviours
  • Divorce and separation

GDPR Privacy Notice

On 25th May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect which sets out greater accountability for professionals who handle personal data. I adhere to the Code of Ethics and Practice issued by the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy and I hold a Graduate membership of the Metanoia Institute.

As a UKCP accredited Gestalt Psychotherapist registered with the Information Commissioner's Office, I abide by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This means if we contract to work together, I explain all procedural requirements in accordance with GDPR and will provide you with a privacy notice to ensure you fully understand and accept the policy for information records held.

I will discuss the issue of obtaining your consent to the use of personal data for the purposes of psychotherapy and this will be regularly reviewed or refreshed as appropriate to the therapeutic process.

You may find out more about GDPR from the Information Commissioner's Office within our work.


I offer consultation by advance appointment and I do not offer same day appointments.

Please contact the Natural Health Clinic, leaving your name and contact details. I will be happy to respond to your queries and explore your enquiry 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 appropriate.

If we decide to work together, we agree to meet on a weekly or fortnightly basis.

Sessions last for 60 minutes and I have a 48 hour cancellation policy.

I offer spaces on Wednesdays and limited availability on Saturdays and other times for appointments in person.

To send enquiries for psychotherapy or academic consultancy via email, please use the Contact button above or telephone Penarth Natural Health Services on 029 2070 1370

Our reception service is open between 9:30am - 2:00pm Monday to Friday.

Online appointments

I am able to offer spaces out of hours, including evenings and Sundays for online therapy.

Please see information below the video on You Tube for details on how to book out of hours sessions via telephone or webcam, which are offered at a different rate to sessions in person:

(available through Harley Therapy, 1 - 7 Harley Street, London)

I look forward to your enquiry.

Kindest regards,


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