Claire Black - MSc, BSc, Dip. MBACP
Is counselling right for me?
Counselling allows you to discuss difficult feelings you are having in a safe and confidential environment. Most people come to counselling because they want to change something in their lives or they want to explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. I aim to help you understand yourself better and the way you think and behave which in turn helps you develop a clearer understanding of your problems.
What happens during the first session?
I offer a free of charge initial meeting where we can look at what’s going on in your life right now that has lead you to explore counselling. You don’t need to prepare anything for this session but it might be helpful to think about what goals or expectations you have from therapy. It’s also an opportunity for you to meet me and see whether I’m the right counsellor for you. We can talk about how I work and talking with me will give you an idea of what our sessions might be like.
How many sessions will I need?
This depends on what you’d like to get out of coming to therapy and any goals that you’ve set. There is no minimum or maximum but I usually recommend we meet initially for 6 sessions, review how things are going and go from there. There’s no right or wrong; some people come to counselling to focus on one specific issue/ challenge and will come for relatively short-term therapy, whereas others will prefer longer term work to help them work through several issues or perhaps more deep rooted work.
My approach and specialisms
I offer counselling for individuals (including young people) either short or long term.
I specialise in self-esteem and also Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I have worked with clients from a diverse variety of backgrounds with issues such as low self-esteem, depression, lack of direction, anxiety, stress, anger, bereavement, identity and relationship issues.
I'm an integrative counsellor which means that I am trained in a variety of approaches to counselling and psychotherapy. The biggest benefit to this is that I'm able to work with you in a bespoke way, depending on what is best for you. In practice what this means is that I integrate three core approaches into my work:
- Person-centre/ humanistic – focused on self-development and personal growth. This approach emphasises that everyone has the ability to reach their potential. It works with your views about yourself and what is going on around you making it particularly beneficial for working with self-esteem and with some clients with ASD.
- Psychodynamic – focused on discovering how your unconscious mind affects your behaviour. This can be beneficial when looking at how experiences that you have had in the past affect your life today and helping identify patterns in behaviour.
- Behavioural - working in the present on your thoughts and behaviour in order to overcome problems. This can be useful to help cope with anxiety, addictions and phobias.
To read more about integrative therapy, there is more information here: http://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/integrative-therapy.html
If you have any questions feel free to get in contact with me, I will be happy to help.
Training, qualifications & experience
My qualifications include a Diploma in Integrative Counselling and an M.Sc and B.Sc in psychology and sociology. I have also attended short courses on; gestalt therapy, Autism Spectrum Disorder, compassion focused therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT), managing suicidal feelings, self harm and anger management.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Feeling sad
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Skype counselling available.
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I offer a free of charge 30 minute initial consultation for us to explore your goals and expectations from therapy and to understand whether counselling is right for you.
Ongoing sessions are charged at £45 for a 50 minute appointment.
My practice is based in Ewell around a 10 minute walk from both Ewell Village and Stoneleigh Broadway. The 293 bus stops just around the corner and there is ample free parking.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime and evening appointments available. Please get in touch for most up to date availability.
Types of client