Claire Kelly, MBACP Registered, MA Psychotherapy and Counselling
07907 293 231
Hello, my name is Claire. I am a fully qualified, registered and experienced counsellor and psychotherapist offering short and long-term counselling from my practice in Astley, Greater Manchester.
Having once attended counselling sessions myself, i know how difficult it can be to share your story with a complete stranger. Many people struggle to relate to or feel comfortable with a counsellor who adopts a "blank screen" persona - I aim to provide a space that is welcoming, relaxed and supportive with an attitude that is warm and genuine.
I am an integrative therapist, which means that my training incorporated a thorough grounding in all the major therapeutic approaches to counselling, and that I will draw on multiple models and techniques to tailor our work to you, your personality and your needs.
I have worked with clients with a wide-range of life issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, loss and bereavement, stress, phobias, separation and divorce, work and family issues etc. However, sometimes it can be less clear what the difficulty is, such as feeling 'stuck', feeling sad or low for no apparent reason, feeling like things are out of your control, or simply feeling that your life is not how you want it to be.
Talking to someone who can offer an impartial, empathetic and non-judgmental perspective can help you get to the root of whatever difficulties you are facing. I will work alongside you, helping you to explore your thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential setting, at a pace you choose.
We may talk about the past, work with the present or look to the future. Perhaps we will make sense of something that cannot be changed. Or we might think about what is happening now – today – what’s not working anymore? What’s going wrong? Then we can think about the future and how things would be if your current situation changed.
I bring to my work personal experience of some of the issues that bring us to counselling, an understanding of how much courage it takes to make that first step, and a commitment to helping you live your best life, whatever that looks like for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MA Psychotherapy and Counselling - University of Leeds (BACP Accredited course)
- Arts Therapies for Different Client Groups - Riga Stradins University, Latvia
- Graduate Certificate in Counselling - University of Leeds
- BA (Hons) Combined Studies - University of Leeds
Registered Member MBACP – I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and abide by their ethical and professional codes of conduct. “This is the recommended level of membership that the public should be looking for when seeking a therapist.” (BACP)
In addition to private practice I have previously worked as a counsellor and psychotherapist within the NHS in a GP surgery setting. I also carry professional indemnity insurance.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Working creatively adds a new dimension to more traditional counselling and psychotherapy. It can be a helpful and alternative way of expressing a feeling or emotion about a difficult or painful experience when putting that into words can at times feel too much. An image or object can 'speak' for you in these moments and can act as a bridge to your unconscious, offering new insights that may not have otherwise been reached.
I may suggest that we incorporate imagery and other creative techniques such as visualisation or Sandtray Therapy [the therapeutic use of a collection of miniatures in a tray of sand] into our sessions for this reason, but we would only incorporate this if you felt comfortable doing so.
Mindfulness centres around choosing and learning to control your focus of attention so as to let go of external worries and stresses to concentrate on your thoughts, feelings and sensations in the here-and-now. It is a way of being in the moment, not regretting the past or worrying about the future. It can lower anxiety, help combat depression and be a good way of helping you find new ways of responding to life’s pressures.
The integrative approach allows me to adapt to what works best for you, so I may suggest that we use mindfulness exercises in our sessions if I feel they could benefit you and you would be interested in doing so.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Existential therapy
- Humanistic therapies
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I offer a free 30 minute introductory session to all clients. This provides you with an opportunity to meet with me to see if I might be the right therapist for you, giving you the chance to talk a little about your current difficulties and to ask any questions that you may have. This initial session carries no obligation to continue.
My fees thereafter are: £35 per session (1 hour)
Alternatively, you can pre-book a block of either 4, 6 or 8 sessions in advance rather than paying for each individual session as we go along. I offer reduced rates for this option.
I offer concessions for students, seniors (over 65) and individuals on a low income - please feel free to contact me for more information on this.
I practice from a consulting room in my home on a quiet residential street in Astley, Greater Manchester (M29), close to the East Lancashire road (A580) and within easy reach of the M60, M6 and M61 motorways.
Astley is conveniently located within easy driving distance of a number of other local areas including Salford, Worsley, Urmston, Warrington, Leigh, Golborne, Glazebury, Lowton, Wigan, Bolton, St Helens, and Chorley.
I offer both daytime and evening appointments (Monday to Friday).
If, as you read this, you are unsure of what you are looking for or how to navigate your way to choosing a therapist who is right for you, why not send me an email or give me a call? It is not an easy choice, when you know that you are seeking someone with whom you can share your innermost thoughts and feelings. We can think about your uncertainties and I will endeavour to answer any queries you have, before making any commitment.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and evening appointments available
Types of client