Here are some of the things our current and past clients have said about us…
“I was referred to Charlie after being diagnosed with trauma. In addition to deep trauma processing and retuning me back in to my spiritual self, Charlie has given me lots of useful tools that I can use for life to ease my anxiety in any situation and I have come away with a new approach to life which is, so far, a lot less stressful and I am a lot calmer as a person having made some changes that I probably wouldn’t have felt strong enough to make before. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Charlie to anyone and for anyone unsure about having therapy, just try it. It has been life changing for me.”
– V, Healthcare professional
“I came to Oxford Development Centre after having tried various talking therapies over many years. In my very first session with Charlie I had a sense that we were speaking a language I understood. The work is reassuringly structured, slowly building a tool kit for life. Charlie himself has been an inspiration to me. His confident lightness of touch, derived from an obvious wealth of experience, along with his authenticity and dedication has allowed me to believe in myself and my future as never before. My outlook is different, I feel connected, and I have a bank of trusted resources for life.”
– Actress, Mum
“I approached Claudia when I was going through a family crisis expecting a short period of therapy through the stress. Instead my experience turned into a deeper, far more enriching time than I ever expected.
Claudia provides a very warm and safe environment through which to explore what are at times, very difficult and painful trauma and past experiences which ultimately lead to negativity, stasis and illness. She does so in a highly skilful way and at a pace which seems gentle yet dynamic, a result of her very very deep professional experience of these matters. Having experienced traditional analysis therapy before Claudia’s approach feels kinder, rounder and yet very powerful. You are left feeling that you have a greater repertoire of tools to approach the difficult times that life throws you.
It is always somewhat daunting to walk through a metaphorical and actual therapist doorway. Please do so with Claudia, she will bring you untold insight, growth and expansion, Thank you Claudia.”
“Claudia has mindfully led me in rediscovering precious parts of myself, I had forgotten about. Expanding my consciousness with her guidance has been a cathartic experience on my life journey. Thank you, Claudia.”
Research Project leader and Senior Academic
“I know I’ve come such a long way from where I was. I’m happy. ‘Happy’ has become a base line that I try not to drop below if possible and now really expect to stay above it. People, places or things that have the potential to spoil my happiness aren’t allowed in!!! I’m stronger emotionally than I was before. I use the things you taught me. It’s amazing how breathing helps!! Thank you so much for all your help in giving me my life back. I am forever grateful.”
– Senior Officer in the Emergency Services
“A big thank you to Claudia for all the help you have given me. After being knocked off my bike two years ago I didn’t think I would be able to get on my bike again but you have helped me so much. A definite miracle worker. Thank you so much! I would recommend you to anyone.”
– Client seeking help recovering from a bike accident
I want to thank you so much for helping me to recover and heal from my traumas over the last two years. I want to thank you for helping me to uncover and make sense of the feelings and emotions that have troubled and been a mystery to me for so many years. I want to thank you for teaching me how to tune into my body and to hear what it is saying to me, and how to give the parts of myself that are hurting attention, understanding, love and compassion.
I want to thank you for teaching me that my feelings and my emotions are valid – this has changed my life. All of these gifts you have given to me will continue to influence my life in positive ways, and I know they will give me strength during the future struggles I will inevitably face.
Thank you for your compassion, your kindness. and your warmth that you have shown me. I have always looked forward to our sessions and I will very much miss spending time with you every month.
Life changing. 2 words that are often both over used and incorrectly used.
Through the unassuming front door, up the stairs to be welcomed by Clare, then on up to Claudia’s now familiar room.
Sink in to the big leather sofa again……. safe.
In July 2014 I was diagnosed with chronic and severe post traumatic stress and clinical depression. I had been in the emergency services for 25 years and exposed to many very serious incidents during that time, but of those incidents, a handful were so horrific that I was unable to forget, process or come to terms with them.
I had reached rock bottom. I was unable to continue. The future looked uncertain.
I had tried to continue to work whilst seeing therapists supplied by my employer, however, the therapists themselves admitted that my condition was beyond their level of experience. Through a fortunate set of circumstances I was eventually seen by a psychiatrist, not something you ever think you’ll need!!!, but a turning point for me.
When I arrived at Claudia’s door I was sceptical. Weird is a word I used many times during my sessions with her, but sink in to the sofa, listen to every single word that she says, put your total trust in her and begin to rebuild your life.
My treatment has included, amongst other things, EMDR, I have learned techniques that I can use, as and when I need, to help me through my day to day life and on in to the future.
There was a stage when people asked me “can you see the light at the end of the tunnel”, I would always answer, “I’m not even at the tunnel yet’. It does feel like that when you don’t know where to turn, who to ask or when you don’t even recognise what you’re actually suffering from.
I’ve now been through the tunnel. There is light at the end of it.
Thank you Claudia.
Emergency Service Professional
I would like you to know you have affected my life in a way I never thought possible, the pain that rises from the deepest, darkest places of my body can literally take my breath away but I am learning to breathe and feel, letting the tears flow without being afraid.
The mornings I do wake without that split moment of panic and tenseness, listening to see if it’s safe instead being replaced by a warmth and peace in my stomach that on realising I can breathe into with relief and let it spread through my body is the most beautiful, whole thing I have ever felt.
To thank you isn’t enough, Claudia you have touched my soul and have given me hope and belief back, I can honestly say I love you for you and everything you are.
Events Organizer and Dedicated Mother
Dr. Herbert was my personal coach for a period in excess of ten years. Claudia helped me to develop significantly in many ways. These include
- Helping me to develop and enhance my skills in many areas – particularly in listening to and understanding individuals and relationships and in developing strategies to deal with both challenging situations and personal opportunities.
- Claudia also provided me with regular thought provoking opportunities to stand back and review my effectiveness and develop future plans and actions.
- Claudia always challenged me to recognize my skills, values and abilities and my significant contribution to the business.
- Claudia gave me insights and coaching in dealing with senior executives including the company’s multi-billionaire owner.
- Claudia focuses on life skills that clearly are used both in the personal and work arena.
- Claudia provides a very secure environment where one is free to discuss confidential information in a very relaxed environment.
I have nothing but thanks and praise for the time we shared together and how her role as a coach helped me to develop significantly over ten plus years of my working life.
Operations Director, Global Organisation (Executive Coaching)
“I’d never had therapy before and presumed it would only address my anxiety and any mental issues. I had no idea what a crucial part it would play in my physical well-being. This has not only been noticed by my family but also by my physio who has been surprised at how much I have improved since seeing Claudia. I can now confidently walk around town, go to new places and meet new people without any issues. I can honestly say that, without this therapy, I wouldn’t be the person I am today. There is no way I could have done this on my own – thank you Claudia for helping me find myself again.”
“I can’t quite remember how I first came to contact Dr.Herbert – it was on a recommendation a few years ago now. But what’s more important about that period of my life is that I was desperately in need of a really good psychoanalyst.
I had, in fact, consulted several other analysts before meeting Claudia. My limited understanding of myself at the time reflected the fact that my childhood and adolescence had been disastrously shaped by various forms of abuse at the hands of different institutions; I could recognise when someone was coming from a very rigid ideology. Hence my main feelings were 1) I had to find someone who was not of that background, and 2) it must be someone I could wholly trust. I found both in the person of Dr.Claudia Herbert.
In her case, I was particularly impressed by her (Claudia’s) clearly profound degree of self-analysis; what a contrast from those (I have met several!) who, jaded with listening, regard this is as just a 9 to 5 job. With Claudia I felt not only that I was making real contact, was being listened to in a highly creative way, but above all, that I was in a place of real safety when the session ended, now fully able to cope until the next session.
The feeling that these requirements all came together enabled me to work really hard in treatment, and with Claudia’s help I made great progress. I became empowered to deal with the past and this improved the present; as I gained greater control over my life and my decisions, the future became less frightening. Even without her, I shall continue to work along these lines. I regard meeting and working with her as one of the most valuable gifts life has yet brought me.”
Script writer, Producer, Director
“Claudia’s approach is unique, intelligent and highly effective, weaving together wide-ranging approaches in the holistic way I desperately needed after struggling with ineffective, over-medicalised systems and attempts at treatment. Suffering from complex trauma that had not been recognised by GPs or specialists, and being a ‘highly sensitive person’ means I needed a transpersonal therapeutic approach that takes into consideration other dimensions of our existence, and sees post-traumatic growth and transformation as a pathway and as an imperative.
I feel substantially stronger and more confident since starting therapy at ODC, and my sense of self has expanded to see my experiences and feelings as understandable and ‘ordered’, not a series of meaningless sufferings under the umbrella term of ‘disorder’. It has meant so much to me to be able to express my spiritual side during treatment, and for this component to be such a powerful and real tool in my gradual healing.”
Project Leader, Health Sector
“The sessions I had with Claudia were absolutely transformational. Now, after many years, I can honestly say that the positive effects I gained are undiminished and I return almost daily to moments of profound insight and clarity. The experience has certainly made me a more contented person and I am convinced that I am a better father and a better husband.
One more thing; nothing really fazes Claudia. Or at least it did not seem to. I work for an organisation that is involved in difficult and distressing, conflict-related issues that involves interaction with some deeply unpleasant people who have thrived in war-torn countries. And yet Claudia was able to get beyond that fact without being bogged down in the unusualness of it all. Her own experiences and the wide range of people she has worked with allowed me – and my wife – to tell our own stories without the context becoming the ‘thing’.
In the most positive way possible, Claudia’s approach is quite ‘surgical’ and very collaborative. She worked with me to rapidly define the real issue with which I was grappling. Inevitably, it was not the one I had fixated upon! Then, together, we approached its resolution with the firm intention of overcoming it and not merely talking about it. I left with the tools to enable further personal development and having resolved the issue that had caused me such great pain.”
Director, OBE – International Organisation (Executive Coaching)
‘You have changed my life’….you probably hear this phrase all the time with the great work that you do but in my case too, you really have. You have helped me find me. I am in love Claudia….in love with myself and I have never been happier or more true to myself. I look out for me and do what I feel like doing and this is so empowering, it feels amazing.
I recognise people and relationships in my life in a different way now and can see how their positive or negative energies affect me and my precious energy. Of course, narcissists I now recognise very quickly but amazingly I have found them not only amongst potential partners but friends too.
I have learnt to be alone and very happy in my own company and often find myself craving for a some alone time when I have had a busy social week. This time last year, when I first came to you, this exact fear of loneliness was the cause of my panic attacks. I am so proud of how far I have come. I know I still have some way to go and of course I still have my bad days, like anyone else but instead of the panic and fear that was instilled in me, I now am starting to truly accept that these are emotions too and they will pass.
I just wanted to share with you what an important part of my life you have been. I think of you often, what you said, your guidance, your teaching and although I continue to work on some aspects, I cannot thank you enough for the foundation you have helped me create.”
Senior Manager- Engineering Background, Global Corporation (Executive Development)
“The loss of my mum was one of the main factors of me coming to you. That and the pending divorce! Mum’s death was like a time bomb going off and in the subsequent two years me (and my dad) just sort of managed to get our legs and arms back onto our bodies. And in the process do a lot of thinking – as much as you can through the foggy brain you get when one is shocked and traumatised.
But with huge gratitude to you I have managed to get an understanding of the complicated relationships and feelings that went with “being in my mad family”.
We figured it out together and I put the floating jigsaw pieces of experience /emotion/feeling together to create a clear picture. It made sense to me. And that was key.
I have become calmer, clearer and ….perspective has re-entered my life which has helped with balance.
Thank you Charlie”
Recent client seeking help overcoming bereavement
“Following a serious car accident and a period of lengthy rehabilitation, I was referred to The Oxford Development Centre. After an initial assessment, I started to work with Claudia regularly. I’d seen a psychologist previously, but it hadn’t been any help. With Claudia, things were very different. She has enabled me to work through things which I hadn’t even realised were causing anxiety. I had been living with anxiety for so long, it had become my normal state. Claudia has been extremely perceptive and intuitive in addressing these anxieties and has gradually peeled them away to reveal the old me.”
Oxford Development Centre Client