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Dr. Norman Claringbull
Counsellor in Southampton - Accredited 16+ Years

Accredited  Counsellor Norman Claringbull
30 White Heather Court
SO45 6DT
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  • Individual £70 - 60 minutes
  • Couple £70 - 60 minutes
42% of enquirers became verified clients

Working Hours

  • Mondays10am - 6pm
  • Tuesdays10am - 6pm
  • Wednesdays10am - 6pm
  • Thursdays10am - 6pm
  • Fridays10am - 6pm

Issue Covered

  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • Panic
  • PTSD
  • Relationship Problems
  • Self Esteem
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress


  • Counselling
  • Psychotherapy

Private Health Insurance Registrations

  • Aviva Health
  • BUPA
  • PruHealth
  • WPA

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16+ Years Post-Accreditation Experience

Hello. I'm Norman. I'm a senior accredited and registered counsellor and psychotherapist - I help individuals and couples with their mental wellbeing. I have private and public sector experience as a counsellor and psychotherapist. My focus includes depression, Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) and stress, and the specific challenges experienced by men, transgender people and women.

What to Expect

An introductory assessment session allows you to see if you are comfortable with me, discuss what worries you, ask questions, understand confidentiality, and decide if therapy could help you. Please use a contact option on the right to book a preliminary assessment session in Southampton.


Counselling centres on listening to you, and assisting you. You determine what issue regarding your childhood or adult life you discuss. An aim of counselling is to help you to speak about a difficulty and find a solution which is appropriate for you.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) (England and Wales) recommends counselling for depression.


Psychotherapy focuses on you, and you gaining insight into the difficulties you confront. It considers your thoughts, emotions and relevant moments in your history. Psychotherapy aims to help you change or find appropriate ways of coping.

Thoughts on Mental Health

At its heart, any form of addiction is centred on two fundamental errors: habitual behaviour (i.e. using the addictive substance) and habitual thinking (the idea that behaving differently is impossible.) Given that the whole purpose of CBT is to correct harmful ways of behaving and thinking, it is an effective way of helping addictive clients. CBT lies at the core of the world's biggest addiction recovery organisation (Alcoholics/Narcotics Anonymous) and it is also the basis upon which nearly every other rehab agency works too. CBT is certainly a good way to begin anyone's journey from addiction back to mental and physical health but, for some recoverers, as their minds start to clear, different, more insight-based psychotherapies might also become useful.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for substance dependence
Lots of people are reluctant to admit that they might need some help with a mental health problem. Somehow, seeing a counsellor or a psychotherapist is something to be ashamed of - 'a bit of a stigma'. Often, this is because emotional concerns or psychological discomfort are commonly (but very wrongly) associated with the very severe mental illnesses - with 'going crazy'. The fact of the matter is, at some time in their lives, about 1 in 6 of the UK population develop some sort of an emotional or a psychological issue that is sufficiently troubling to be considered 'of clinical interest'. However, they are far from being 'mad' or 'oddballs'. They are certainly not 'crazy'. They are simply people who, just for now, are finding life is getting a bit too difficult to handle without a little professional help. Consulting a psychotherapist, a psychologist, or a counsellor just means that you need a bit of help. That's all - nothing more. You don't need to feel ashamed or think that the world sees you as a failure. In fact, asking for help means that you have been honest enough to accept that you have a problem and courageous enough to want to try do something about it.
Read More: What you could say to someone with mental health problems
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) is based on a simple premise: how you habitually think about the things that trouble you, and how you routinely act in response to your troubles, make you the sort of person you are. So, if your thoughts and your behaviours are unnecessarily detrimental then you are likely to become psychologically unhealthy. Therefore, in order to get well again, you just have to swap out unhealthy ways of being for healthy ones. In other words, CBT is aimed at helping you to develop new ways of thinking and behaving; ways that are conducive to improvements in your emotional and psychological wellbeing. If, for example, you get so nervous when meeting new people that you actually feel like running away, then such an extreme reaction is obviously harmful. Clearly, you need to find out how to make your social interactions less scary. What CBT does is to help you get your reactions to life's events back into proportion, and so help you overcome your troubles. CBT helps you discover how to feel better about yourself and your life.
Read More: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) as a treatment for social anxiety disorder

Qualifications Timeline

Psychotherapy - the Fourth Wave in Workplace counselling - towards the understanding and the development of the professional specialisation of workplace counselling
Middlesex University London in collaboration with Metanoia Institute London (UK)
British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Senior Accredited (MBACP Snr Accred) Counsellor and Psychotherapist (Accredited since November 2001 and Registered since November 2012)

Norman abides by the Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

Verified RSCPP Client Reviews

Norman Claringbull has 1 Review (5.00 out of 5 stars)
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Anonymous, 37 from Hampshire, gave a review after 14 sessions

05 December 2016

Easy to talk toHelpfulnessValue for Money

"Norman is easy to talk to, offers excellent thought-provoking questions and always acts in a way that helps you. He gets you to question what you are saying, to get to the root of the problem, without ever judging you or making you feel anything less than at ease."

Rating of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD):

Location Detail

My Consulting Address is in easy reach of

Ocean Village, Dibden Purlieu, Dibden, Netley, Southampton, Marchwood, Hardley, Western Docks, Northam, Sholing, Eastern Docks, Portswood, Holbury, Bitterne, Fawley, Bursledon, Swaythling, Blackfield, Lower Swanwick, Warsash

Nearest Train Stations

  • Woolston (2 miles)
  • Sholing (2.2 miles)
  • Southampton Central (2.3 miles)
  • Netley (2.6 miles)
  • Millbrook (Hampshire) (2.8 miles)
  • Bitterne (3.2 miles)
  • Hamble (3.2 miles)
  • St Denys (3.3 miles)
  • Redbridge (4.2 miles)
  • Bursledon (4.3 miles)

Wheelchair access: Yes

Updated 11 October 2017