Claire Sainsbury BSc PGdip MBACP MA Couns & Psych
ARE YOU... angry, depressed or sad?
Or maybe you are anxious, frightened, lonely, bored or feeling stuck within your life in some way?
Counselling is a safe and confidential space in which you can talk about your problems without being judged.
If you are looking for a counsellor, maybe something in your life has recently become overwhelming and you may be facing challenging thoughts and feelings on your own? Talking through your difficulties with a counsellor can help to relieve stress and tension and allow you to manage problems more effectively.
Counsellors are professionally trained to listen and through the process of talking, a counsellor can help you to see other perspectives on life situations and to become aware of different ways of coping with problems.
You may be feeling generally unhappy or depressed without really knowing why... Counselling can help you to understand more and to feel less alone.
Appointments are available during the day or evening. Contact me by email or phone if you would like to arrange an initial meeting or to speak on the phone first, I will come back to you quickly, often within the day.
Counselling sessions can be arranged in either Bognor, East Preston (nr Littlehampton), Worthing or Brighton. Free parking is available at 3 of these sites.
Meetings can be face-to-face, by telephone or by skype.
Individual, couples or group counselling is available.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Psychologist with a postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Therapy and an MA in Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice. I am a full member of the BACP as well as being WPA registered. I am currently working towards a PhD qualification in Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice as I am interested in understanding more about the ways in which counselling can help people.
Before becoming a therapist, I worked in the field of consumer research where I learned to listen to people exploring their thoughts and feelings. Talking can be an empowering process when reflected back by someone trained to listen and question carefully. I am a mother of two children and teach piano to pupils aged 5 to 70yrs.
PROBLEM GAMBLING COUNSELLING
I am experienced in problem gambling counselling as well as other addictions and can offer up to 16 FREE sessions for anyone affected by problem gambling, through Breakeven Sussex. This service is available to adults as well as young people aged 12-18yrs, their immediate family, relatives or friends. Sessions can be set up for individuals, couples or groups and after our initial assessment meeting, counselling can be arranged face-to-face, by phone or by skype. For further details please contact me.
I have experience of working with the following issues in counselling:
HEALTH & LOSS
Illness, Fear of illness, Disability, Injury
Loss of someone close by death or separation, Loss of a job or valued object
• ANXIETY, ANGER & DEPRESSION
Panic, Phobias, Fear: of separation, being alone, of people, socialising, public transport, open spaces, public speaking…
Difficulties coping with angry feelings or knowing how to express anger safely, Understanding the positive aspect of anger
Depression, Suicidal thoughts and feelings, Low mood, Sadness & Lack of energy
• STRESS & TRAUMA
Feeling pressurised by life events, work, relationships, family, friends, finance...
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Intense fear due to difficult past experiences
• PERSONALITY AND MENTAL HEATLH DISORDERS
Bipolar disorder/ Manic depression, Intense mood swings, Borderline personality, Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Schizophrenia, Paranoia
Feeling out of control in the use of: Gambling, Gaming, Alcohol, Drugs, Tobacco, Porn, Food (anorexia, bulimia, over eating)
• SEXUAL ISSUES
Difficulties due to being gay, lesbian or bi-sexual. Fear of sex, Rape, Sexual difficulties within a relationship
• PREGNANCY RELATED ISSUES
Problems relating to abortion, adoption, miscarriage or stillbirth
• RELATIONSHIP DIFFICULTIES
Affairs and Betrayals, Divorce, Marriage, Separation, Couples Counselling
• CHILD OR YOUNG PEOPLE RELATED
School/ college refusal, Lack of confidence, Phobias, Exam stress, Emotional difficulties
• FAMILY ISSUES
Relationship difficulties between parents, young children, teenagers, elderly parents, step-parents or step-children
At school, in the workplace, at home
• LEARNING DIFFICULTIES
Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia
Emotional support for carers, Compulsive caring of others, Living with a disabled adult or child
• WORK RELATED
Career counselling, Relationship difficulties at work, Redundancy
Debt management, Financial budgeting
I have experience of working with men, women and young people aged 12-18yrs.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Asperger's syndrome
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Couples counselling
- Debt counselling
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Self harm
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Sexual issues
- Work related stress
£40-45 with concessions for young people, students and if you are not working.
£50 - £55 for couples.
Appointments are 50 minutes weekly.
During the first session, we will explore the difficulty you are bringing to counselling and discuss how best to work together in order to support you. Whether you decide to have short or long-term counselling, there will be scope to regularly review how you are feeling in the process and when you are ready to end, we will bring sessions to a close.
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|