Claire Barnes, Psychotherapist, Group Analyst, Supervisor, Msc, UKCP, IGA

Claire Barnes, Psychotherapist, Group Analyst, Supervisor,  Msc, UKCP, IGA

Brighton And Hove
EAST SUSSEX
BN3

Hove
East Sussex
BN3

07766 916117

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Brighton And Hove
EAST SUSSEX
BN3

Hove
East Sussex
BN3

07766 916117

About me

NEW psychotherapy group starting soon. Thursday evenings 6.30pm-8pm in Hove. £22-35 a session. All enquiries welcome claire@clairebarnes.me.uk 07766916117. For more information about group psychotherapy see www.hovecounsellingandtherapy.co.uk/group-therapy/

About Me

I am a qualified psychotherapist, group analyst and clinical supervisor with long-standing experience working as a therapist over many years with a broad range of clients in the NHS, higher education, community services and privately. I am experienced and interested in working with social differences including those relating to culture, ethnicity, class, sexuality, gender and disability. I offer counselling and psychotherapy short-term and long-term to individuals and groups.

Why counselling or psychotherapy?

There are many reasons why anyone might seek counselling or psychotherapy: depression, anxiety, relationship issues, repeating unhelpful behaviours; past and/or present traumas, difficulties and challenges that can feel overwhelming. You may be struggling with a generalised anxiety disorder or low mood.  You may not know what the problem is or it might be something very specific. You might have general feelings of dissatisfaction with life, low self esteem or confidence. You may be overwhelmed by despair, anxiety, depression. Whatever is troubling you, people usually seek help when things have become too painful and hard to manage in the way they're used to.

It's also at these problematic times that we can also feel at our most ready to make important changes. I see my work as a therapist as providing a confidential and professional relationship which endeavours to support, understand and help my clients develop in themselves and their lives.

Individual Counselling or Therapy/Short-Term or Long-Term


I offer short-term and long-term counselling and psychotherapy for individuals.

  • Short term counselling is usually focussed on one or two specific issues or themes. We agree a broad aim to this work. Generally the aim would be about making a helpful change and improvement in the person's life or situation.
  • Long-term therapy is often open-ended, i.e. we review as we go along and give time to prepare for an ending if we decide to stop. Long-term therapy aims to explore the whole person allowing all aspects of their lives, relationships, internal thoughts, feelings, and experiences both past and present, to be explored. The aim is to help make permanent changes internally as well as externally.
  • Sometimes people start with a short-term counselling contract and then decide to go on to longer-term therapy.

Group Psychotherapy


I am currently meeting with potential members for a new psychotherapy group starting early  2018. The group will run on an ongoing weekly basis which means new members can still join after the group starts.
The fees will be on a sliding scale of £22-35. Group sessions are for 90 minutes and the group will run on Thursday evenings. Group psychotherapy is particularly effective with ongoing relationship problems and patterns, low-self esteem, anxiety, depression and  questions around identity and belonging. Groups can also help with social anxieties

For more information about group psychotherapy please see the following links

www.hovecounsellingandtherapy.co.uk/group-therapy/ www.brightonandhovepsychotherapy.com/types-of-therapy/group-analytic-psychotherapy

Consultation

I provide consultation to organisations, teams and individuals.

Sometimes people seeking therapy are really looking for consultation to help  think through a very specific issue, decision or dilemma in a way that might mean considering psychological elements without exploring in-depth in the way we would in counselling or therapy.

Making initial contact


I offer an initial, free telephone consultation (about 15 minutes) to discuss your problem/s and whether I might be able to help

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Key training and qualifications

Qualified Group analyst and psychotherapist - Full membership of Institute of Group Analysis

Qualified psychodynamic counsellor  - MSc in psychodynamic counselling  (Birkbeck, University of London)

Qualified clinical supervisor - PG diploma clinical supervision,  ( Society of Analytical Psychology)


Specialist Knowledge and Experience

My work over the years as a counsellor and therapist in various contexts means I have broad experience in many areas of psychological difficulty, for e.g. depression, anxiety, relationship issues, recent and childhood trauma, transitions, abuse, stress, etc

I have experience and interest in working in the area of gender and supervise counselling and therapy for individuals identifying as trans.

I am an experienced and qualified supervisor, working with counsellors in a range of settings. These include LGBT, sexual assault, HIV, sexual health, private practice, primary care and higher education.

I have experience of working with young people and in particular with students

My current work as a therapist in higher education means I’m particularly   
familiar with issues such as writing blocks, perfectionism, and procrastination.

I am also a Group Psychotherapist and work with a range of therapy groups.

I also have a particular interest in the individual's relationship to groups - in particular the family. I place importance on the social background and history of my clients, and believe that individuals need to be understood in relation to their context.

As a group analyst with a training background in working with organisational dynamics I can provide consultations and support to staff teams and key roles in organisations


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

sexual assault
procrastination
perfectionism
study problems
transitions

Fees

Assessment

If it's useful to you, we can initially have a brief discussion by email or telephone about what your key concerns are and to establish logistically whether we are able to find a time to meet.

We would then meet for an assessment/consultation. This is for 50 minutes and costs £50

Individual Therapy

If we agree to work together the fee would be agreed between us. Currently my fees range from £45 - £65 per session for individual work. The ongoing individual counselling or psychotherapy sessions are 50 minutes and normally weekly

Group Therapy

I am also running a psychotherapy group in central Hove and the fees for being a group member in this group range from £22-35 a session. Prior to joining the group you will need to have some individual sessions. Usually 3 sessions are sufficient but this may vary according to previous therapy and group therapy experience along with other factors. These individual sessions are charged at my normal rate - see above.
The psychotherapy group session is 90 minutes and weekly.

Further information

I work in two locations. Both practices are based in Hove.

Practice 1 - Ruskin road. This is a three minute walk of Aldrington station. There are parking meters in the street.

Practice 2 - The Drive. This is in central Hove just off Church road. It's close to many bus stops and a 5-10 minute walk from Hove train station.

The psychotherapy group will run at the practice on The Drive on Thursday evenings.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Tuesdays and Thursdays

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups
Organisations

Supervision & training

I have been working as a clinical supervisor in a range of settings since 2003. .

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