Claire Baker at Clarity Counselling (BScHons, PGDip, Reg.MBACP)
Hove Therapy Rooms
69 Church Road
Hello, I am Claire Baker, a fully qualified, BACP-registered humanistic psychotherapeutic counsellor working from Clarity Counselling, my professional and caring private practice in Hove.
At Clarity Counselling you will be offered a dedicated time and space, away from the distractions of daily life, to be you, to be listened to without judgement and to feel supported whatever you are going through or wish to explore.
I work in a way that recognises and respects you as a whole person, not just the problem, concern or crisis that has led you to seek counselling. I avoid restrictive models that categorise or label, but instead work with you to explore the meaning you have made of yourself, your relationships with others and your world.
Through this process of self-reflection and exploration, greater clarity and self-awareness can develop and with that, the potential to make choices or changes that are determined by and feel right for you. In this respect I believe counselling can be a helpful and empowering process for reflecting on all aspects of ourselves and our lives, not necessarily just as a response to difficult times or crisis.
You can call or email me to arrange a free 30 minute, or half price 50 minute introductory session. This gives us an opportunity to meet and see how we'd feel about working together, with no obligation for you to commit to further sessions if you do not wish.
I am fully insured and work holistically, in line with the BACP’s Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Post-graduate Diploma in Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling - University of Brighton
- NCFE Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory - Brighton City College
- NCFE Level 2 Award in Counselling - Brighton City College
- Bachelor of Science with Honours in Sociology - University of Bristol
- Working with Young Survivors of Sexual Violence and Abuse - LSCB
- Working with Trauma - Zoe Lodrick
- Existential-phenomenology - University of Brighton
- Gestalt - University of Brighton
- Transactional Analysis (TA) - University of Brighton
- Brief Therapy - University of Brighton
- Focusing - Greg Madison
- Child Sexual Exploitation - Wise Project, YMCA
- Human Trafficking - Wise Project, YMCA
- Peer Supported Open Dialogue ('Study Day')
- Mindfulness - 8 week course
- SafeTALK Suicide Awareness - Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Safeguarding Children and Adults - LSCB
- Health Awareness - RSPH
- Behaviour Change - RSPH
- Domestic Abuse and the Impact on Children - LSCB
- National Domestic Violence Support - NCDV
- MARAC - RISE
- Mental Health and Human Rights - BIHR
- Domestic Violence & Abuse: The impact on children & young people - LSCB
- Understanding & Working with Self Injury - Grassroots Suicide Prevention
- Working with Voices - Sussex Recovery College
I have worked extensively in the third sector mental health field, with people from diverse ethnic, religious and social backgrounds, often living with complex and pervasive mental health challenges.
I have a special interest in alternative ways of thinking about ‘mental illness’ and in the empowering benefits of self-development and self-compassion to health and wellbeing.
I enjoy travel and spent some years living and working overseas. I see parallels between travel and counselling, in that both involve the courageous, often challenging process of stepping outside our ‘comfort zone’, to explore new territory.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship issues
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
30 minutes - free
50 minutes - half price (£25)
50 minutes - £50 (payable in advance).
Limited reduced-cost sessions are available to student/trainee therapists or those on a low income - please feel free to ask more about these.
Please note, 48 hours notice is required for all cancellations, otherwise the full fee becomes payable.
Membership of professional bodies:
Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (Reg.MBACP)
Sussex Counselling and Psychotherapy Practitioner & Committee Member
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client