Claire Fryer MBACP
There are times in all our lives when we may need a safe space to talk about ourselves, our lives, or something that is distressing us. Having faced my own struggles and painful experiences in life, the awareness I continue to develop through ongoing counselling, training and supervision gives me the space and clarity to be as present as possible with you.
At the heart of counselling is a relationship that focuses on you. My intention is to offer you a relationship based on acceptance, non-judgement and empathy, to create as safe a space as possible for us to explore whatever you most need to. From this relationship new possibilities and perspectives can emerge as we work together to make changes you choose.
Every relationship between a client and counsellor is unique and will unfold in it's own way. I use a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of each individual. The direction we take during sessions will be co-created and we are likely to explore some or all of the following:
- The stories and narratives of your life; untangling the different threads to get clearer about who you are, the sense you've made of your life so far and how you want to move forward.
- Emotional wounds and the protective patterns you've developed to cope and try to avoid feeling pain. By shining the light of awareness and compassion into these places you can begin to feel feelings you have not allowed yourself to feel, offering greater freedom, choice and spaciousness in the moment.
- Being in the here and now, using mindfulness, visualisation, creativity or focusing (following feelings in the body), experiencing new ways of being and seeing yourself and your life.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications.
BA (hons) Psychology - University of Sheffield
Cruse Certificate in Bereavement Counselling - Cruse Bereavement Care
Foundation Certificate in Existential Counselling - Regents College
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Brighton University
I welcome and work with clients who have a variety of reasons for seeking counselling, such as addictions, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, insomnia and issues around eating. I also have particular experience working with bereavement and loss, having trained with and worked for Cruse Bereavement Care for two years.
My theoretical perspective comes from the humanistic framework. This means I draw on ideas from Gestalt, TA and Person-Centered Therapy according to the individual needs of each client.
I am insured and a registered member of BACP (the main regulatory body for counselling in the UK) and I am mindful of their ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Drug abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
I realise it can sometimes feel daunting to take the first step and contact someone about counselling, so I am happy to talk with you about what you are looking for, and answer any questions you might have. I offer a free initial 1 hour session, so we can meet face to face and see how we could work together.
Thereafter, sessions are £40 an hour and I am available for either short or longer term work. I can offer a concessionary rate to those with lower incomes or students, in the hope of making counselling as accessible as possible to most people.
Appointments are available Monday to Friday during the day in Forest Row, with some evening appointments also possible.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Friday during the day, some evening appointments are available.
Types of client