Dr Claire Freeman – Clinical Psychologist

Claire is an enthusiastic and motivated Clinical Psychologist with a specific interest in working with children, adolescents and families. Claire completed a BSc Honours degree in Psychology at The University of Manchester in 2005. She then went on to work in an adolescent inpatient unit and a mother and baby unit within a women’s prison where consideration of early attachment was key to the work. In addition, she undertook research work at The Royal Free Hospital working on understanding and comparing the impact of talking therapies and alternative therapies for those with cancer.

Following this, Claire went on to complete her Clinical Psychology Doctorate at Royal Holloway, University of London in 2012. As part of her training she worked with children and adolescents with emotional and behavioural difficulties, adults with mental health difficulties and children with learning disabilities. She then spent her year long elective placement working with looked after and adopted children and their families, which included court assessment work.

Claire works with various client groups both within the public and private sectors. She currently works in a Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS) in the NHS, as well as with looked after and adopted children and their families and children with Autism in the private sector. These experiences have provided her with valuable opportunities to work with people of all ages, cultures and difficulties.

Claire has developed a specialist interest in working with children, young people and families and is passionate about supporting the looked after and adopted population to consider the impact of early attachment and development on relationships and behaviour. This type of work allows her to use various therapeutic approaches although systemic, cognitive behavioural therapy and narrative shape her practice. She also specialises in assessing, diagnosing and working with young people with Autism. This involves individual and group work with an emphasis on psychoeducation and social skills groups for young people.

As well as direct clinical work, Claire provides consultation to social workers and school professionals and is interested in offering further training to professionals. She also offers teaching for training courses and supervises both trainees and qualified clinicians.

Claire is a caring and sensitive person interested in her clients as individuals and supporting them in order to empower them with their difficulties.