About Clair Lewoski
Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychotherapist (UKCP, HCPC, BACP and Badth)
MA (Cantab), MA (Tavistock), MA (IATE), PGCE (Cantab)
Clair Lewoski has been working with children, young people and families for over 24 years, having qualified as an Arts Therapist in 1997. She has worked for many years in schools, as well in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS). She is a therapist, supervisor, lecturer, trainer and qualified teacher.
Clair is qualified as an HCPC registered Arts Therapist, UKCP registered Child Psychotherapist and primary school teacher. She was instrumental in the setting up and development of a therapeutic service across 10 Manchester Primary Schools, called ‘Calm Spaces’, which was funded by Manchester Children's Fund (see www.mewan.net/calmspaces/index.php). Her role there was as a therapist seeing children, parents and consulting to teachers, as well as being the clinical and project supervisor overseeing the development of the clinical model and the work of the projects' team of therapists. Under her guidance the project evolved from 4 to 10 schools across the city and at the end of the funding from Children's Fund, Clair assisted in the project becoming a registered charity.
Whilst working for Calm Spaces, Clair also contributed to thinking across the local authority regarding delivering therapeutic work in schools and she wrote a document to guide schools in their practice which has now been rolled out to all Manchester City Council schools and can be downloaded here: www.manchester.gov.uk/site/scripts/google_results.php.
Clair has also worked in the NHS in Child and Adolescent Mental Health services, where she provided therapy to children and young people aged 5-16yrs and their families. She also specialised in working with children who had experienced trauma through working for an Arts Therapies trauma support team in schools see www.oneeducation.co.uk/services/send-safeguarding/therapeutic-interventions/Currently she works in private practice as a therapist and supervisor, as well as teaching at Cambridge University www.educ.cam.ac.uk/people/staff/lewoski/ on the certificate, diploma and masters course in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapeutic Counselling www.educ.cam.ac.uk/courses/ppd/counsellors/counselling/
Clair has trained extensively in therapeutic work with children and young people, and continues to do so, believing this is necessary in order to work effectively as a therapist and supervisor. Six years of her training, including a masters degree, was with the Tavistock Clinic which is recognised as a leader in the field of child mental health. She also has Masters in Child Psychotherapy from The Institute for Arts In Psychotherapy and Education (IATE) see www.artspsychotherapy.org/ and is an examiner, as well as primary supervisor for child psychotherapy and counselling trainees there. Clair has also completed training in Mentalization Based Treatment for Families with the Anna Freud Centre in London see www.annafreud.org/pages/mentalization-based-treatment-for-families.html
Clair is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council as a Drama Therapist and the UKCP as an Integrative Child Psychotherapist and Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist. Both the UKCP and The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) are a public bodies which hold registers of professionals who meet their sets of standards of training, professional skills, behaviour. The aim of both the UKCP and the HCPC is to safeguard the public by providing a register of appropriately trained and qualified therapists. Click here for more info. Clair is also registered with the BACP see www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/
Clair is a member of the Bowlby Centre thebowlbycentre.org.uk/psychotherapy/ and a UKCP reg. attachment based psychoanalytic psychotherapist. Please see her other website if you are an adult (or parent/carer) seeking therapy for yourself.
- The Bowlby Centre, London
- Institute for Arts in Psychotherapy and Education, London
- Health and Care Professions Council
- British Association of Dramatherapists
Therapy Training & Qualifications
- Health and Care Professions Council registered Arts Therapist. Reg. No. AS00805
- UKCP registered Integrative Child Psychotherapist. Reg. No. 250931
- UKCP registered Attachment Based Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist
- Pg Dip Drama Therapy - Hertfordshire University
- MA with distinction Integrative (Arts) Child Psychotherapy -IATE, London
- MA with distinction Psychoanalytic Observational Studies with children and their families (Tavistock Clinic Child Psychotherapy Pre-Clinical training)
- Certificate in Supervision from Manchester Institute of Psychotherapy
- Diploma in Supervision from Institute for Arts in Psychotherapy and Education
- Watch Wait and Wonder Parent - Infant Psychotherapy training
- Filial/Child Parent Relationship Therapy training
- Webster Stratton Parenting Course Training
- Mentalization Based Family Treatment Advanced Training and MBT-F Practitioner -Anna Freud Centre
- MA Theology/Art History — Cambridge University 1995
- PGCE Primary Teaching — Cambridge University 1999
- Mindful Self Compassion Training (Neff and Germer model)
- Compassion Focused Therapy introductory Training with Paul Gilbert
- ISST Jungian Sandplay Intensive
- Lowenfeld Projective Play Therapy Foundation Course
- Sesame Dramatherapy Approach- Psyche Soma Course 2014-15
- Somatic Therapy for Children with Maggie Kline - 3 days
- Gendered Intelligence training for therapists to work alongside Trans/Gender Variant Young People -2 days
- Gendered Intelligence 2 day Trans Awareness training
Holliday, Peacock & Lewoski (2017) 'Student motivations for undertaking a child and adolescent psychotherapeutic counselling course. In British Journal of Guidance and Counselling.
Lewoski, C (2013) 'The Primary School Years' in Colleen McLaughlin and Carol Holliday (ed.) Therapy with children and Young People. Integrative Counselling in Schools and Other Settings. (Sage)