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Everyone at The Oxford Development Centre cares deeply about providing a welcoming, friendly environment where clients can feel comfortable and secure. Clinical Director and founder Dr Claudia Herbert heads a closely-knit, collaborative and very experienced team of people who believe in treating each client as a valued individual. With a minimum of 10 years’ clinical experience, our consultants do not rely on standard treatment formulae. They draw on a wide range of knowledge including the latest, research-based developments in psychotherapy such as body-focused therapies to tailor an individual package of care – often combining elements of several different therapeutic approaches – to suit the specific needs of each client.
Dr Claudia Herbert
BSc (First Class Hons), MSc, DClin Psy, AFBPsS
Claudia is an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society, an HCPC Registered Chartered Clinical Psychologist, a UKCP and BABCP Registered Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, an EMDR Europe accredited EMDR Consultant and an ISST Registered Schema Therapist. She is also an Applied Psychology Practice Supervisor (RAPPS). She works within a holistic framework and, where appropriate, embeds in her work approaches from various healing and spiritual traditions around the world.
Dr Charles Hallings-Pott
BA (Hons) Oxon, BA, DClin Psy, CPsychol
Chartered Clinical Psychologist EMDR Practitioner, CBT Psychotherapist Certified Sensorimotor Psychotherapist, Senior Consultant Trauma Specialist, University Lecturer and Trainer
“I have a passion for integrating mind, body and spirit into the work we do and applying current, up-to-date advances in the treatment of trauma in a creative and formulation-based way. I have a broad and varied experience having worked in different settings in both private organisations – I was clinical director of a residential trauma unit and ran an out-patient clinic in Harley Street – and as clinical psychologist and lecturer in the National Health Service. I have specialised primarily in trauma, abuse and their many manifestations. My main aim is to help clients to observe, understand and change patterns laid down in childhood and through acute stress. Attunement is key and accompanying clients on such a journey and seeing them transform and accept is a huge privilege.”
Specialist Trauma Consultant, CBT Psychotherapist, Accredited EMDR Practitioner
“I believe most psychological problems are more injury than illness: that trauma is the root of most problems – not only major traumatic incidents such as accidents, disasters or combat but also other less obviously traumatic experiences. I also believe that, as children and infants, we don’t always get what we need to develop into healthy, confident adults. Many of these types of problem can be addressed effectively with psychological therapies such as EMDR and CBT.”
BSc, Craniosacral Therapist, CSTA, CNHC, Mindfulness practitioner, MBSR, MBRP
Structural Yoga Instructor and Therapist
“I am a craniosacral therapist, a mindfulness practitioner and yoga instructor and therapist with over 25 years’ experience. I specialise in the fields of mental health rehabilitation, trauma and substance misuse. I use craniosacral therapy to support the psychological recovery process of our clients and my work is aligned and coordinated with our team of specialist trauma psychotherapists. Each of my sessions is designed around my client’s specific requirements and often combines elements of craniosacral therapy, mindfulness and yoga. In addition to this I teach my clients techniques to increase self-awareness, to enable stress management and to help them develop alternative coping strategies.”
MA (Hons) IAP, Dip. TEAA
Integrative Psychotherapist, BACP & HCPC registered
“For me, relationship is at the heart of psychotherapy – a collaborative process between therapist and client, providing opportunities for self-reflection and insight in a safe, confidential and supportive space.
I specialise in treating complex trauma; having gained valuable experience in the past from working with women suffering from perinatal trauma, as well as with refugees and asylum-seekers, many of whom have had to endure war, torture, persecution and devastating loss.
I believe that experiences of deep distress and devastation can become catalysts for enormous personal development, an awakening of profound insight and authenticity. I feel privileged to support people in that transformational process.”
Clare Hadland is Practice Manager of The Oxford Development Centre and is usually the first person clients meet or speak to when visiting the centre. Clare is always happy to provide information about the centre and our services besides making appointments, keeping client records and dealing with the day-to-day running of the practice. She also ensures visitors receive a warm welcome to the Witney centre and guides them through contracts and any other paperwork.