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Dr Claudia Herbert

Dr Claudia HerbertDr Claudia Herbert, BSc (First Class Hons), MSc, DClin Psy, AFBPsS is Managing Director and Clinical Director of The Oxford Development Centre Ltd which she founded in March 1998.

Her Approach

Chartered Consultant Clinical Psychologist Dr Claudia Herbert is highly regarded in her profession for her wide-ranging expertise and astute psychological insight. Her natural intuition, deeply attuned understanding, clarity and warmth are central to her approach, as is her 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.

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 Post-Traumatic 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 HPC 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 works within a holistic framework and, where appropriate, embeds in her work approaches from various healing and spiritual traditions around the world. She is also trained in Re-connective Healing, Levels I, II and III and Anger Completion Therapy.

Claudia is an expert in the field of both single and multiple incident and complex trauma presentations, including dissociative problems and personality disorders. She presents at conferences worldwide, trains, lectures, researches, supervises, prepares medico-legal reports and advises other professionals in this specialist area.

In 1998, Claudia founded The Oxford Stress and Trauma Centre in Witney, Oxfordshire to provide the special care, safety and sensitivity which trauma clients need. She 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

natural disasters such as:

  • earthquakes, 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 forces, emergency personnel, armed forces (including the Royal Air Force and the Royal Navy) and private security and diplomatic services personnel. 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 in 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 is frequently consulted by the media on a number of professional issues including trauma related problems, psychological problems in work settings and life style issues and has featured in articles and TV and radio broadcasts.