Claire Sainsbury BSc PGdip MBACP MA Couns & Psych

East Preston
Littlehampton
West Sussex
BN16 1NP

Brighton Forum
95 Ditchling Road
Brighton
East Sussex
BN1 4ST

07947073298 / 07947073298

About me


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.


BRIGHTON-WORTHING-EAST PRESTON-BOGNOR

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.

GENERAL COUNSELLING
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

• ADDICTION

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      

• BULLYING

At school, in the workplace, at home      

• LEARNING DIFFICULTIES

Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism, Dyslexia

• CARING

Emotional support for carers, Compulsive caring of others, Living with a disabled adult or child      

• WORK RELATED

Career counselling, Relationship difficulties at work, Redundancy      

• FINANCIAL

Debt management, Financial budgeting      

• HOUSING

Homelessness, Poverty


PEOPLE

I have experience of working with men, women and young people aged 12-18yrs.

Member organisations

BACP

Fees

£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.

Littlehampton, BN16 1NP
Brighton, BN1 4ST

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None
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