My name is Chris Cleave. I offer confidential and creative psychotherapy. I see clients worldwide using Zoom, and in-person in London, UK.
My clients usually arrive to work through an urgent difficulty – including anxiety and depression, issues in relationships, chronic pain or illness, a bereavement, a recent or historic abuse, a betrayal, an unhappiness with their body, issues with alcohol or drugs, or a sense of being directionless or stuck.
I respect the urgency of the situation – the need to find a way through – and the need for that way to be sustainable and authentic to who you are.
So, we work with your life experiences, your values, your family history, your mind, your cultural inheritance, your relationships, and the system we live in. The purpose is for you to discover a way to navigate your current difficulties that is true to your deep reality. This approach is called existential psychotherapy, because it values your whole existence.
I have clinical experience in NHS and bereavement services, and alongside my private practice I’m a psychotherapist at The Claremont Project. I’m currently completing a doctorate in existential psychotherapy. My doctoral research investigates how people heal their minds in everyday life. It aims to develop community practices as inclusive and affordable therapies.
My work as a novelist explores how people rebuild their lives in surprising ways after trauma and heartbreak. That background allows me a specialism in bringing creative approaches to psychotherapy, and psychotherapeutic approaches to creative people. I’m dedicated to the idea that despair is a door through which we all must – and can – pass. The door opens onto a truer and more spacious existence.
Please email me with any questions, or if you’d like to book an appointment. I look forward to working with you.
Qualifications & Memberships
PGDip, Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling / Middlesex University.
MA, Experimental Psychology, University of Oxford.
I am a Registered Member MBACP of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (registration number 393445), a graduate member of the British Psychological Society (membership number 493181), and a member of the Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association and the Society for Existential Analysis.
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