Claire Newton

Motivational and Keynote Speaker - Durban
Claire Newton


Claire Newton is a qualified psychologist, speaker, trainer, coach and hat lover. She holds a Masters Degree in Psychology and a Higher Diploma in Education, as well as a Certificate in Career and Executive Coaching. She is a member of the Health Professions Council of South Africa and the Durban Practicing Psychologists Group. She is a past member of Toastmasters International, and is the Past President of the KwaZulu-Natal Chapter of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa - having done a double term in office.

As a psychologist, Claire runs a successful private practice (seeing clients both in-person and online) and consults to corporate companies. On the corporate side, Claire offers a variety of psycho-educational interventions (talks, courses & workshops) and counselling (e.g. trauma, retrenchment, grief and bereavement & self-esteem development). She also works with individual employees and teams improving their interpersonal and communication skills.

Claire is frequently used by journalists as an expert source for her opinion as a psychologist and is widely published in the print media and is often invited to be a guest speaker on radio programmes. She has also been a weekly guest on two South African Radio Stations talking on Psychological issues.

During the COVID-19 era Claire is focusing on helping individuals and companies to build resilience, adapt to change and thrive.

The Coronavirus pandemic represents a physical health threat, but it is the mental health threat that is our greatest challenge. The emotional impact will last far longer than the pandemic itself. In her talks and workshops, Claire gives real psychological insight into the negative impact the Coronavirus is having on mental health globally and speaks about the 7 key elements we all need to address if we successfully want to beat the Coronavirus.

As a speaker Claire won no fewer than 40 Toastmasters Awards between May 2010 and December 2016 – including Winner of the Durban Club’s Annual Impromptu Speaking Competition in 2011, 2012 and 2013. Her trademark speaking style is professional, light, engaging and warm.

As a trainer, Claire’s experience is in the field of Intra and inter-personal skills. She runs her own courses and also facilitates courses for companies. These include Emotional Intelligence, Basic and Advanced Counselling Skills, Assertiveness and Communication Skills courses, among others.

As a coach, Claire offers coaching to people who might be uncomfortable with the idea of formal counselling or psychotherapy, or who would simply like to improve their life with the help of a Life or Business Coach. She uses her skills and experience as a practicing psychologist, while still retaining a distinction between Coach and Psychologist.

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