Dr Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia Herbert BSc (First Class Hons) MSc, DClin Psy, AFBPsS
Managing Director and Clinical Director of The Oxford Development Centre Ltd.

Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Claudia Herbert has earned an international professional recognition for her wide-ranging expertise and astute psychological insight.  Her natural intuition, deeply attuned understanding, clarity and warmth are central to her approach.

Exciting Developments at The Cotswold Centre For Trauma Healing

Dr Claudia Herbert, expert trauma psychologist with 30+ years experience

After over 25 years of successfully running, The Cotswold Centre For Trauma Healing, and, The Oxford Development Centre, practices and helping hundreds of clients to find renewed meaning, positivity and purpose in their lives, Dr Claudia Herbert is stepping down from her role as clinical director of these services.

This will enable her to fully focus her energy on facilitating life changing growth and support for her current and future clients. By channeling her resources, she will be breathing new life into the valuable work which has been such a key feature of The Oxford Development Centre’s mission and she will continue to utilise her deep and unique skill set to help clients on their healing journey.

You can learn all about Dr Claudia Herbert’s continuing work as a deep facilitator of further personal growth for both her existing and future clients by visiting her website.

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My Approach

I founded The Oxford Development Centre in Witney, Oxfordshire in 1997 to provide the special care, safety and sensitivity which people suffering from psychological problems need. I create the Cotswold Centre For Trauma Healing in 2012 as an extension to our Witney based psychology service. With over 20 years’ clinical experience and a specialism of working with clients from multiple trauma backgrounds, I wanted to build these centres of excellence with like-minded, enthusiastic and forward-thinking colleagues to offer a unique approach to help people heal, transform and grow.

Rather than confining treatment to single, standard methods my aim was to develop a more holistic, integrative, client-centred approach which involves creating a bespoke plan of care for each individual drawing on the most modern, science and research-based therapies available. This spans elements from CBT 3rd Wave, including Schema Therapy and Mindfulness and Transpersonal and Depth Psychology, to body-oriented psychosensory therapies such as EMDR, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Comprehensive Resource Model, Calatonia, Craniosacral Therapy and Energy Psychology. In practice, this means finding the most experienced, able and dedicated consultants who share my vision and feel committed to keeping abreast of all the latest scientific developments.  We all undergo regular professional training and work on our own personal development to ensure we are qualified to deliver the most advanced psychological approaches available.

We work collaboratively with both colleagues and clients and I am very excited about the centre’s prospects as we continue to grow in experience and understanding of helping more people find healing and happiness.  All our work is based on the deeply-held belief that adverse life experiences can provide the impetus for enormous personal and spiritual development and positive growth leading to the discovery of greater inner freedom and the emergence of a person’s authentic Self. The poet Rumi captures this beautifully:

‘You say that you cannot bear the pain. But you have already borne the pain. What you have not done is seen all that you are Beyond the pain.’

– Rumi

Professional Background

Claudia won a number of academic awards for her research and obtained a First Class Honours degree in Psychology from University College London (1989) before continuing her training at Master’s and Doctoral level in Clinical Psychology (University College London and Oxford Clinical Psychology Course).

In 1992 she undertook specialist training in the assessment and psychological treatment of people suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) at the Traumatic Stress Clinic in London working with survivors of the Kings Cross fire, the Marchioness disaster, the IRA Victoria Station bombing and the Gulf War.

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 EMDR child and adolescent consultant, and is trained in Schema Therapy. 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. She is a member of the Transpersonal Psychology Section of the British Psychological Society. She is very interested in body-focussed approaches and energy psychology and is trained in Re-Connective Healing Levels I, II and III, Calatonia and Anger Completion Therapy. She has also trained in Havening Techniques and Comprehensive Resource Model (CRM), Action & Body Oriented Trauma Work and she is a certified Qi Gong therapist.

Claudia has extensive experience of working with clients from multiple trauma backgrounds including survivors of large scale man-made disasters such as:

  • Shipping, air, rail and road accidents
  • Explosions and fires
  • Wars, invasions, hostage takings, torture and solitary confinement

and natural disasters such as:

  • Earthquake and floods
  • Volcanic eruptions and tsunami

And personal trauma such as:

  • Violence, crime and terrorism including bombings, shootings and stabbings
  • Childhood abuse, domestic abuse, ritual abuse and sexual abuse

Claudia has worked extensively with personnel from the UK police, emergency and armed forces (including the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy) and private security and diplomatic services. She was trained in an EMDR-based method of Traumatic Incident Reduction Debriefing by Dr Roger Solomon in London in 1999 and has since supported organisations to help them deal with the effects of critical incidents on their staff.  She has also worked with victims of homicide and was invited in 2001 to give the memorial speech for victims of homicide at the church of St Martin’s-in-the-Field, London.

Since 1994, Claudia has been working as an organisational consultant delivering tailored, high-level and top executive development programmes to private and public sector organisations in a variety of markets including financial services, insurance, leisure and manufacturing.  She founded Psychology for Business as part of The Oxford Development Centre in March 1998.

Claudia wrote the first self-help trauma book by a healthcare professional in the UK (shortly to be released in a revised and updated edition). She has written several books and book chapters which have been translated worldwide and she has lectured and delivered keynote speeches, workshops and training internationally. She is frequently consulted by the media on a number of professional issues including trauma-related problems, psychological problems in the workplace and lifestyle issues and has featured in articles, TV and radio broadcasts.

Publication History

Herbert, C. (2019) Calatonia And Subtle Touch In The Healing Of Trauma. Invited Chapter in A. Ribeiro Blanchard, A.M. Galrao Rios & L. M. Perillo Seixas (Eds) – Calatonia: A Therapeutic Approach that Promotes Somatic and Psychological Regulation. Alma Street: Miami, Florida

Herbert, C. (2018) – Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Invited Chapter in C. Feltham & I. Horton (Eds) – The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Fourth Revised Edition). Sage Publications: London, Los Angeles, New Delhi

Herbert, C. (2017)Overcoming Traumatic Stress – A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. 2nd Revised Edition. Constable & Robinson Publishing: London

Shaw, L., Tacconelli, E., Watson, R., Herbert, C. (2016)Living Confidently With HIV – A self-help book for people living with HIV. Kindle, I-book, Blurb editions. The Oxford Development Centre Ltd: Witney

Herbert C. (2011)Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In C. Feltham & I. Horton (Eds) – The Sage Handbook of Counselling and Psychotherapy. Third Edition. Sage Publications, London & Los Angeles

Herbert C. & Wetmore, A. [2008, 2nd Edition (1999 – 1st Edition)] Overcoming Traumatic Stress: A self-help guide using Cognitive Behavioural Techniques. Constable & Robinson Ltd, London

Herbert, C. & Didonna, F. (2006)Capire e superare il trauma – Una guida per comprendere e frontegiarre i traumi psychici. Edizioni Erickson, Gardolo, Italy

Herbert, C. (2006) – Healing from Complex Trauma: An integrative 3-systems’ approach. In J. Corrigal, H. Payne, H. Wilkinson (Eds) About a Body, Working with the Embodied Mind in Psychotherapy (pp.139-161). Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group, London & New York

Collard, P. (2003) – Interview with Dr Claudia Herbert. Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 16(3): 187-1993

Herbert, C. (2002) – A CBT-based therapeutic alternative to working with complex client problems, European Journal of Psychotherapy, Counselling and Health, 5(2): 135-144

Hallings-Pott, Waller, Scragg & Watson (2005) – ‘State Dissociation in Bulimic Eating Disorders: An Experimental Study’, International Journal of Eating Disorders (2005;38:37-41)

* Herbert C. (1995, 2nd revised edition 2000)Understanding your Reactions to Trauma – a booklet for survivors of trauma and their families.

Dr Herbert has also edited a self-help series for adolescents and books on CBT with chronic fatigue, resolving relationship problems and living positively with HIV+.

* Understanding your Reactions to Trauma was the first ever therapeutic self-help and education booklet written on trauma and PTSD in the UK. The booklet pioneered the move to demystify trauma and help the public to gain a better understanding of and control over their PTSD symptoms and suffering. It was selected as one of The Times newspaper’s Top 15 Self Help Books in 2013.

Understanding your Reactions to Trauma was distributed to 30,000 survivors of the Turkish Earthquake in 1999. It has also been translated into Japanese, Polish, Spanish and German.

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