About Dr Clair

Dr Clair Burley is a registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in relationships. She is passionate about helping people transform their relationships through evidence-based therapy, for lasting change.

Whether it’s your internal relationship with yourself or people from your past, or whether it’s your current important relationships that are stressed, strained, or painful, Dr. Clair can help’


About Dr Clair

Dr Clair Burley is a registered Clinical Psychologist, specialising in relationships. She’s passionate about helping people transform their relationships through evidence-based therapy, for lasting change.

After a successful 13 years in the NHS, Dr Clair now works from her private practice in Dorset. Dr Clair helps individuals, couples and parents/families with their relationship challenges and needs. This includes the relationship we have with ourselves (e.g., a harsh inner critic, difficulty managing emotions, attachment trauma) as well as with significant others such as a romantic partner, a child, or other family members such as siblings or parents.

Dr Clair has a nurturing nature, which is paired with her in-depth knowledge and experience of helping people transform their relationships. She draws upon psychological theories and models to make sense of your difficulties and guide you from where you are now, to where you want to be. The key to true happiness is in the harmony and connection within these relationships.

Dr Clair is trained in multiple, effective and evidence-based models, which are attachment-based, emotionally-focused, and trauma-informed. Dr Clair takes an integrative and collaborative approach to working with each client. Dr Clair will listen to your specific needs and what you would like to explore and gain from therapy in order to collaboratively tailor a therapy approach that meets your specific needs and desires, with lasting effect.

In terms of Dr Clair’s credentials, she is trained to doctoral level and is registered with the HCPC (the Health and Care Professions Council which regulates Health Professionals in the UK) and a Chartered member of the BPS (an achievement of the highest standard of psychological knowledge and expertise legally recognised by the British Psychological Society).

So, if you’re seeking expert help to deal with your relationship difficulties and turn things around then Dr Clair would love to help you. Click on the ‘Book an Appointment’ button to register your details and book a free of charge, no obligation telephone call with Dr Clair. On this call she can hear more about your current difficulties and explore how she can help. Spaces are limited and get booked up quickly, so if you are interested please do get in touch now. Dr Clair looks forward to hearing from you.

Training & Qualifications

Academic Qualifications

Professional Registration

Professional Training

Bio Timeline

2019-Present 2019-Present
2014-2019 2014-2019
2008-2014 2008-2014
2007-2008 2007-2008
2006-2007 2006-2007
2003-2006 2003-2006

Director & Chartered Clinical Psychologist in Private Practice. Specialising in relationships, seeing individuals, couples and families using trauma-informed, attachment-based and emotionally-focused therapeutic models.

NHS Clinical Psychologist in a specialist CAMHS service for children who were fostered or adopted, offering consultation to systemically support attachment relationships within which to heal complex attachment and developmental family trauma.

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Exeter. Part taught, part research, and part clinical placements, including specialist placements in a couples therapy clinic, a perinatal clinic, and a family therapy service.

Graduate Mental Health Worker in an NHS primary care mental health service for adults suffering with mood disorders such as anxiety and depression, using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Assistant Psychologist conducting research in NHS specialist mental health services for adults with complex trauma diagnosed with personality disorders, as well as those suffering with drug and alcohol addictions.

Undergraduate degree in Psychology, graduating with first class honours from the University of Portsmouth. Alongside working for a housing association supporting homeless young people and those involved in the criminal justice system.

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You can read testimonials from previous clients here – Dr Clair has helped hundreds of individuals, couples, and parents to navigate through their difficulties and their distress, to heal, grow, and create loving lasting connected relationships.

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