Claire Louise Short (Lakeside Therapy) BSc(hons),DIP, BACP

Claire Louise Short (Lakeside Therapy) BSc(hons),DIP, BACP




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About me

At some point in life all of us experience difficulties and sometimes these difficulties are harder to manage or understand and we seek the support of others, perhaps this is when it is helpful to talk with a counsellor. Counsellors are trained to listen and help you to explore and understand what difficulties you might be facing and of course this is different for everyone such as Bereavement, Abuse, Trauma and health to mention but a few. However every counsellor is different and works in different ways so it is about finding someone that is right for you, so why not come along for an initial appointment free of charge and get to know if I'm the right counsellor for you.

How I work?

I am an integrative counsellor with a person centred basis. What this means is I have a "toolbox" of skills and knowledge from various Therapeutic Orientations that i can draw upon, however I believe that fundamentally you are your own expert. No one knows you better than you know yourself but sometimes people can lose sight of this and need a little encouragement to help them re-establish this. With this in mind I work with the understanding of YOU being at the core of the experience we may share and use other skills and techniques to help establish this.

I have a particular interest in Abuse and Trauma and a lot of my client based experience has been around this.

I have experience of working with both young people and Adults and am trained to work with couples.

I offer long term or short term counselling dependent on individual circumstances.

I have experience of working voluntarily with Samaritans, Buckinghamshire Mind and Rape Crisis.

I work both privately and voluntarily and working towards my accreditation with the BACP (British Association Counselling and Psychotherapy).

I have incorporated some client testimonies....

"When I met Claire I was in a state of wanting to die. I was really depressed. After I saw Claire for 3 sessions I started to see the beauty of life............" SM 2013

I came to see Claire because my relationship was at breaking point after I had been raped. Claire helped me put things into perspective and rebuild trust within my relationship, she helped me explore things from my past that also influenced this and thus made my relationship stronger and strengthening my confidence etc........" Anonymous 2014

"I started seeing Claire to gain perspective on my relationship, I expected her to tell me what to do and give me the answers so I could say my therapist told me to do this, but Claire made it clear from the start that she wouldn't do this but would help me find these answers for myself, she helped me explore aspects of the relationship both good and bad, this then helped me make the decision I needed to make.....KF 2015

What you can expect?

A safe confidential environment to be listened to and explore any difficulties that you may be facing. An affordable service that aims to be of most beneficence to you. A range of skills matched to my level of experience. Committed, reliable, dependable counsellor. A space that feels warm, friendly and safe to begin sharing what might be difficult.

Training, qualifications & experience

CPCAB Diploma in Integrative Humanistic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Studies
Certificate in Counselling Skills
BSc (hons) Psychology with Counselling Theory

As well as these I have undergone training with Samaritans, Buckinghamshire Mind and Rape Crisis which train you on a range of topics that might be experienced within such agencies some of these I have worked with are:

  • Suicide
  • Drugs
  • Mental health system
  • Childhood abuse (varying types)
  • Rape (varying types)
  • Grooming
  • Relationships
  • Identity issues
  • Trauma
  • Dissociation
  • Ritual abuse
  • Personality disorder
  • Bipolar
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression
  • OCD
  • GAD
  • Surgery
  • Child birth
  • Parenting
  • Other types of mental health difficulties
  • I have also worked with mothers of abused children.

These are a few of my experiences but why not get in touch with me by email or telephone and find out if I have experience of working with something that personally applies and if and how I might be able to help.

As well as the above I set up an independent support group and have assisted in support groups run by associates of Women's Aid.

I have more recently undergone training on Dissociation and Trauma.

I have trained in Drugs awareness separate to above also.

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Ritualistic and Organisational abuse

Photos & videos

  • Counselling room


I offer a free initial 30 minute appointment in which we can spend some time getting to know one another and discussing if counselling is suitable and if I am the right therapist to help you on this journey. There is no obligation to continue after this point but if you wish to do so then my fees are £40 for 50 minutes or £55 for 90 minutes. Reduced rates available please feel free to ask.
Couples is £60 for assessment session and £50 per session thereafter or £70 for 90 minutes.

Maps & Directions

Aylesbury, HP19
Aylesbury, HP20

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Day time and evening appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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