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Dr Marie-Claire Fitzpatrick
Counselling Psychologist
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Marie-Claire joined the therapy team at the Priory in 2019. She is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP).

Marie-Claire has over eight years experience of working in a variety of therapy roles. She has experience of working in both primary and secondary mental health care in the NHS and in a specialist NHS hospital service for individuals experiencing appearance concerns, long term pain and post-surgery trauma. She also has extensive experience of working with students at two local universities and with young people at a local Bristol school.

In addition to working at the Priory, Marie-Claire runs a private practice in Bristol, works for an NHS-funded primary care service and is a trustee for a Bristol-based independent mental health charity.


Marie-Claire has a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology from the University of the West of England (UWE). She has a Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Psychology from the Open University and she also has a Master of Arts (MA) with Honours (Hons) specialising in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Edinburgh. In addition to this, she has a certificate in counselling, also from the University of the West of England.

Marie-Claire regularly undertakes continuing professional development (CPD) training to inform and enhance her clinical practice.

Research interests

As part of her doctorate, Marie-Claire undertook research into the experiences of living with a visible difference and research into mothers who have experienced anorexia while bringing up their children.

Links to clinical articles

'Mum’s needs are just on the back-burner’: An exploration of the lived experiences of mothers diagnosed with anorexia

I believe that the therapy relationship is key to personal growth, feeling understood, supported and helped through challenging and distressing life experiences. I offer a safe and confidential space for people who are seeking support with the experiences of emotional distress and life-challenges that most of us face at various times in life. As a counselling psychologist, I am trained in several different therapeutic models. These include psychodynamic, relational, integrative and cognitive behaviour (CBT) therapies. We will work together in a collaborative way to find what works best for you, drawing on psychological therapies that feel most helpful.

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  • Bachelor of Science (BSC) in Psychology, Open University, 2010
  • Certificate in Counselling, University of the West of England (UWE), 2011
  • Master of Arts (MA) with Honours (Hons) specialising in Philosophy and Literature, University of Edinburgh, 1992
  • Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology, University of the West of England (UWE), 2019
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