Claire Bowers (CTA - P)
CTA - P, MSc (Psychotherapy), BEd (Hons), MBACP, UKCP Member, UKATA Member, Online and Telephone Certified Counsellor
Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (CTA - P)
Psychotherapy in South Liverpool
I am a fully qualified Transactional Analysis Psychotherapist (CTA -P) based in South Liverpool. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues, including: trauma, addiction, bereavement, childhood abuse, domestic violence, infertility, anxiety, fostering, anger, depression, panic attacks, anorexia and other eating disorders, OCD, ASD, ADHD, EUPD, and grief and loss. However, I have a particular interest in developmental trauma, childhood abuse and Neurodivergence.
I am currently preparing for my endorsement as a supervisor and trainer (PTSTA - P) and hope to be building my supervision practice in spring 2024.
I am a member of UKCP, UKATA and EATA, and BACP and adhere to their codes of ethical practice.
Me (In a Nut Shell)
In addition being a Psychotherapist, I am a qualified teacher. I also spent a number of years working with vulnerable children and families, facilitating parenting courses and therapeutic fostering courses. I now work solely with adults.
Through this work and my own personal experiences, I became more and more interested in Counselling and Psychotherapy and eventually decided to retrain as a Psychotherapist, gaining my Post Graduate and Advanced Diplomas and CTA (Certified Transactional Analyst). I have a passion for supporting people to realise their true worth and full value, and to become the people they were created to become.
My personal and professional experience has shown me that many things can cause a ‘blip’ in our life journey. I believe that through working together and building a strong therapeutic relationship we can explore these and find healing and restoration.
Some of the issues with which I work include, but are not limited to:
grief and loss
anorexia, bulimia and other eating disorders
borderline personality disorder
long term illness
I have a keen interest in working with developmental trauma, childhood abuse and Neurodivergence.
If you want to find out more, you can contact me to arrange a free 15 min phone or zoom consultation.
If you feel comfortable with me and we both feel we can work together (whether face to face or online) we can talk about arranging further sessions and beginning to build our relationship. I am also happy to have initial contact via text message if this is more comfortable for you than a phone call - please mention this in the contact form below.
I am also a Certified Online and Telephone Counsellor.
Please note: I take eight to ten weeks leave a year, generally within school holiday time, in order to rest, recuperate and avoid therapist burn out which is so prevalent in this profession. From 2024, like many Psychotherapists, four of these weeks will be in the month of August. I always give AT LEAST four weeks (generally much longer) notice of time off, and will work closely with you to ensure you feel safe, secure and supported before I go on leave. Please note - I will not begin a new therapeutic relationship immediately prior to taking leave.
A Few of My Favourite Things
Our Bearded Dragon
How I Work ...
I work relationally and believe that the relationship between therapist and client is essential for healing to occur. I strive to create a safe, supportive space where clients can explore their individual stories and experiences. To help foster this connection, I employ a variety of creative approaches to therapy such as storytelling, using props, metaphors, and engaging with my clients' interests. From Disney to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings to board games and gardening, I work to create a therapeutic environment that is tailored to the individual.
If you want to find out more, you can contact me to arrange a free initial consultation where we will meet to find out more about each other and talk through your presenting problems in more detail.
If you feel comfortable with me and we both feel we can work together (whether face to face or online) we can talk about arranging further sessions and beginning to build our relationship. I am also happy to have initial contact via text message if this is more comfortable for you than a phone call - 07789 965 889.
I am a trainee member of UKCP and student member of both UKATA and BACP and adhere to their codes of ethical practice. I am also a Certified Online and Telephone Counsellor.
Qualifications & Training
4 Year TA Post Graduate Training consisting of 480 hours training
Counselling Academy Couples Toolkit
Counselling Tutor Online and Telephone Counselling 80 hour Training
BEd (Hons) QTS
Red Kite Post Graduate Diploma in TA Psychotherapy
Red Kite Advanced Diploma in TA Psychotherapy
UKATA Post Graduate Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Practice
CTA - P involving (but not limited t0 at time of exam):
At least 2000 hours of personal development, personal therapy, supervision, training and clinical practice
24,000 word clinical written exam
Why Seek Therapy?
According to UKCP, trained counsellors and psychotherapists - and those in clinical training - can offer an environment in which you can:
express your feelings
gain a deeper insight into the issues you face.
Psychotherapy sessions are confidential. This means that you can talk about things you might not feel be able to discuss with anyone else.
I will aim to help you find better ways to cope, or bring about changes in the way you think and behave to improve your mental and emotional well-being.
Sessions can be:
include a partner or family members
in a group.
Benefits of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Just a Few Benefits:
Greater self confidence
Improved interpersonal relationships
Increased emotional literacy
Increased emotional intelligence
Increased assertiveness and ability to put boundaries in place
Relief of stress
Relief of physical symptoms
Resolution of trauma
There are many more benefits besides. Get in touch to discuss your own personal reasons for seeking Psychotherapy.
Services I Offer
Free 15 minute initial zoom or phone consultation also available, please use the contact form below.
Limited low cost therapy appointments available for low income earners/unemployed people. Please get in touch to find out more.
NB - Please note that currently, all lower fee places are full. I will update this accordingly when this changes.
My Own Published Writing
"His Dark Materials
– Dæmons and the Child ego state", published in the Transactional Analyst Volume 11-1
"Memory theory and its relationship to transactional analysis", published in the Transactional Analyst Volume 10-1
"Using illustrative cards to work creatively", published in the Transactional Analyst Volume 9-3
"Christopher Robin: a transactional analysis", published in the Transactional Analyst Volume 9-1
Published in International Journal of Transactional Analysis Research and Practice, Vol 14, No 1 (2023)
A few things that have influenced me ...
(adapted from https://www.elenadtherapy.com)
Let's imagine you are running along a country path. You fall and trip, grazing your knee. When you look, you see the wound is red, sore, and raw. It is painful and covered with mud and dirt from the path.
Imagine that you say to yourself - “try not to think about it”, “forget it ever happened”, “leave the past in the past”, etc. It hurts but you need to get on with things. You put a plaster on the wound - probably a nice, big one that fully covers it so that it can't be seen - and carry on with your run.
Do you remember those play ground injuries that would get covered in little bits of tarmac and dirt from your school uniform? They were fine if they weren't properly cleaned, right? Not quite. If a wound isn't cleaned and cared for, it will likely get infected. And an infected wound will cause more pain and will need more care original graze. The same is true for emotional wounds.
But when emotional wounds like developmental trauma are never addressed, never acknowledged, never discussed, never grieved, never talked about or "cleaned out"... then the wound can become emotionally infected. It can feel like agony each time someone brushes close to it.
Psychotherapy is similar to the process of removing the plaster, cleaning out the wound, (which makes the pain more intense), and beginning the painful process of healing. It's not easy, nor is it pleasant. Each time the bandage is changed and the wound is dressed (i.e. each time you attend a therapy session), the healing process continues. Days pass, and eventually, a scab forms. A little while after that, the scab falls off, and you are left with a scar.
Just like these scars, you will always have reminders of your trauma - You can never erase what you lived through and will never forget about the trauma you experienced. But, with effective therapy, it is possible to heal your pain.
'Naughty' from Matilda the Musical by Tim Minchin
Jack and Jill went up the hill to fetch a pail of water, so they say, their subsequent fall was inevitable. They never stood a chance; they were written that way. Innocent victims of their story.
Like Romeo and Juliet, 'Twas written in the stars before they even met. That love and fate and a touch of stupidity, would rob them of their hope of living happily, The endings are often a little bit gory.
I wonder why they didn't just change their story.
We're told we have to do what we're told, but surely, sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty.
Just because you find that life's not fair, it doesn't mean that you just have to grin and bear it. If you always take it on the chin and wear it, nothing will change. Even if you're little you can do a lot, you mustn't let a little thing like 'little' stop you, if you sit around and let them get on top, you might as well be saying you think that it's okay, and that's not right. And if it's not right, you have to put it right!
In the slip of a bolt, there's a tiny revolt. The seeds of a war in the creak of a floorboard. A storm can begin with the flap of a wing. The tiniest mite packs the mightiest sting. Every day starts with the tick of a clock. All escapes start with the click of a lock. If you're stuck in your story and want to get out, you don't have to cry; you don't have to shout.
And if it's not right, you have to put it right. But nobody else is gonna put it right for me. Nobody but me is gonna change my story.
Sometimes you have to be a little bit naughty!
From Northern Lights by Philip Pullmam
‘From time to time he even tried being a fish, and once joined a school of dolphins, to their surprise and pleasure ... It was pleasure but not simple pleasure, for there was pain and fear in it, too. Suppose he loved being a dolphin more than he loved her?
Her friend the Able-Seaman was nearby ... He knew what Lyra was feeling.
"I remember when I first went to sea, my Belisaria hadn't settled on one form, I was that young and she loved being a porpoise. I was afraid she'd settle like that. There was one old sailerman ... who could never go ashore at all, because his daemon had settled as a dolphin and could never leave the water. He was never quite happy until he died and he could be buried at sea ... When your daemon settles, you'll know what sort of person you are."
"But suppose your daemon settles in a shape you don't like?"
"Well, then, you're discontented, en't you? ... and until [you] learn to be satisfied with what [you] are, [you're] going to be fretful about it."
CTA - P, DipPC, BEd (Hons), MBACP, UKCP Member, UKATA Member
Liverpool L19, UK
Fees: £55 per hour (individual), £70 per hour (relationship/family)
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