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Art Psychotherapist, Counsellor & PhD Researcher
Claire Thompson is a Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) registered art psychotherapist a National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) accredited counsellor, and a recognised Health Care Provider for AVIVA, Cigna and Vitality.
Claire is the Neurodiversity Ambassador for the National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society. She is passionate about promoting greater acceptance of behavioural differences within the neurodiversity paradigm and improving authenticity and quality of life for all. Claire is autistic and ADHD (AuDHD) and is a mother to three children.
Claire is an expert in providing therapeutic intervention via creative expression and talking therapies to adults and children at risk of suicide and self-harm. While mainly working within the community and private practice Claire also writes and delivers Neurodiversity training to counsellors and therapists at further education colleges and universities.
Claire is currently employed as a children's therapist in the community and is predominately focused on interventions to support those who are in a neurominority group (autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia etc) or exploring the possibility that they may be.
In addition, Claire is completing a PhD at Ulster University exploring intergenerational trauma relating to the conflict (‘The Troubles’) in Northern Ireland/The North of Ireland using murals as the lens for expressions of cultural identity.
Claire’s ambition is to advocate for those who consider themselves neurodivergent. She is enthusiastic about affirmative support and societal conversations that value differences in thinking which are informed and communicated by those who identify as being in a neurominority group (autism, ADHD dyslexia, dyscalculia etc) and current research.
She has a keen interest in community art therapy participation and its part in building local resiliency.
Well-being Services: Counselling, Psychotherapy, Art Therapy, Art Group workshops, Art and Yoga Group Workshops
Training Workshops: Neurodiversity, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), Intergenerational Trauma, Conflict-related Trauma
Children's Art for well-being and Yoga Workshops
A fusion of art interventions and yoga with I Am Zen NI
Neurodiversity training for teachers, parents, schools, practitioners etc
Group Art therapy
Small group art therapy for adults and young people.
Our Upcoming workshops
You can book a space for any of our upcoming workshops below. Or contact us if you might like us to arrange something bespoke for your setting.
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