Claire Sainsbury BSc MA PG dip Couns MBACP (accred)

Claire Sainsbury BSc MA PG dip Couns MBACP (accred)

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07947 073298

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West Sussex

07947 073298

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Claire Sainsbury BSc MA PGdip Couns MBACP (accred)
The Hove Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice

"We are who we allow ourselves to become despite individual difficulties. We can dig deep and push through with self-acceptance, self-kindness and self-commitment. To live well is to hurt and heal and glow in a perpetual cycle of progression through the brambles of everyday living with precious moments of human connection in which we are confirmed."

Hello and thank you for visiting my site.

I imagine If you are looking for a counsellor that 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 therapist can help to relieve stress and tension - you may also come to see different perspectives on life situations and discover new ways of coping with problems.   Counselling can help you to understand more and to feel less alone.

"During my own life I have met with personal difficulties that have been emotionally painful yet ultimately insightful when I have held courage in seeking my truth. Through the process of therapy, I have learnt to find, accept and follow my inner wisdom.

In our world of others, we can easily lose sight of ourselves and become part of a merged system of being. I believe it is vital to have a solid and independent sense of self to live well amongst others. I hope, through my therapeutic work, to connect with the “self” of my clients so that together we may ignite and nurture a way of being that is independent, inspired and much happier than before. My desire to do this is borne out of my belief in the effectiveness of good interpersonal connection, evidenced through the progress of my own personal life."

I am professionally trained to listen and to help you work through personal difficulties in a confidential manner without being judgemental. I can offer appointments during the day or the evening and you can contact me by phone or email.

I have appointments in Hove on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday and in Littlehampton on Wednesdays. If you are unable to make a face-to-face meeting, we can speak by telephone or skype. I offer counselling to young people aged 12-18yrs, adult Individuals, couples and family groups.

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 registered accredited member of BACP and a member of the British Psychological Society. I am currently involved in Psychotherapeutic research as part of a Clinical Doctoral programme to explore more about the positive impact of counselling and psychotherapy. i offer the use of creative techniques to support my therapeutic work.

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.

Given my therapeutic and personal experience, I believe my strengths lie in the following areas:

ADDICTION - gambling, drinking, smoking, eating, etc...



CHALLENGING EMOTIONS - anger, anxiety, depression, sadness, mood swings



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£45-50 with concessions for young people, students and if you are not working.
£55-60 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.

Maps & Directions

Brighton, BN3
Littlehampton, BN17

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Weekdays 8am - 8pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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