Claire Barnes, BA, MSc, PG.Dip, UCKP accredited, Mem.Ins.G.A.

Claire Barnes, BA, MSc, PG.Dip, UCKP accredited, Mem.Ins.G.A.

East Sussex

07766916117 / 07766916117

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East Sussex

07766916117 / 07766916117

About me

I am an experienced counsellor, therapist and clinical supervisor having worked for 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.

There are many reasons why anyone might seek counselling or therapy: 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.

Counselling or Therapy/Short-Term or Long-Term
I provide short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy.
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. Short-Term counselling is usually between 4 and 12 sessions, depending on a number of factors, including the nature of the difficulty/s.
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. 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. For this work to be effective it usually needs a minimum of 6-12 months and often longer.
Sometimes people start with a short-term counselling contract and then decide to go on to longer-term therapy.

One-off Consultations
Sometimes people just need a couple of sessions to help them 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. As a clinical supervisor at times I provide this kind of service for the organisations I work with. I think of this work as consultation and am able to offer this privately too.

Making initial contact
I offer an initial, free telephone consultation (about 15-20 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)


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 and trans, 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.

I can provide consultations and support to staff teams and key roles in organisations

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

sexual assault
study problems


Initially we would normally 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

If we agree to work together the fee would be agreed between us. Currently my fees range from £40 - £60 per session.

The ongoing counselling/therapy sessions would be 50 minutes.

Further information

My practice is based in Hove, and is a three minute walk of Aldrington station. There are parking meters in the street.

Maps & Directions

Hove, BN3

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Tuesdays and Thursdays

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

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

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