Spotlight interview: Clare Taylor

1. Could you give us a quick self-introduction?

I'm Clare, I'm a cognitive behavioural therapist and I work as an associate practitioner with surrey therapy practice. I also work for the NHS in a psychological therapies service. Prior to training in CBT I worked as a mental health occupational therapist for many years, in fact I qualified in 2002 which will be 20 years this year! I enjoy learning and developing my skills and am currently studying Behavioural Couples Therapy.


2. How did you start work with Surrey Therapy Practice?

I was curious about independent practice but felt unsure about taking the first steps. I was interested in the support offered by the practice for therapists who are considering this and Louise and Emilie were extremely helpful when I made the initial enquiry. Their support and knowledge meant I could continue my NHS job and start up my independent practice in a really manageable way for me.


3. What is your approach to CBT therapy?

As my core profession is occupational therapy, I always take a person-centred approach and have the intention to support and enable people to live meaningful, valued lives. CBT has many therapeutic tools and techniques to offer that can really support people to understand the difficulties they are experiencing and find ways to overcome or manage them. In my work I always try to understand someone’s unique story and experience and take a collaborative approach.


4. You mention having “training in systemic family therapy and sensory considerations” can you expand on that?

Yes, I completed 2 years of foundation studies in systemic therapy which is a therapy that considers our relationships with the groups and ‘systems’ that we live within, such as family or wider society. Therapy focuses on connections, interactions, and relationships and how to address patterns of behaviour or communication that may be contributing to or maintaining problems for individuals, families, or couples.


My understanding of sensory considerations developed when I worked in an adult autism and ADHD service, as differences in processing sensory information is a common experience for neurodiverse people. This can have an impact on peoples’ experience of daily life, and for example, may lead to feelings of overwhelm or anxiety in certain environments, therefore is an important area to explore and consider during therapy.


5. What is the work environment at Surrey Therapy Practice like

Very pleasant, it is quiet and calm in the practice rooms and in a nice location in Banstead. The team are responsive, friendly and very devoted to delivering a high standard of care to clients.


6. Would you recommend working at Surrey Therapy Practice to other therapists?

Yes absolutely and as I said I would recommend it for therapists wanting to take the first steps into independent practice.


7. Do you have any advice for people who want to apply to Surrey Therapy Practice?

To make the initial contact and have a chat with Louise and Emilie who are extremely helpful.