About me

Hello, are you suffering with anxiety, low self esteem or confidence issues? Or maybe you are struggling in a relationship or have suffered a loss. If you are wondering if counselling can help, let me tell you a little bit about what it will involve for you. I will provide you with a safe, confidential space to tell me about what may be troubling you and for you to feel confident that someone is listening without judgement. You may wonder how this is different from talking to a friend or relative. Whilst it is always important to have the support of family and friends, it can sometimes be helpful to have an impartial listener to help you unravel difficult situations and to have the time and space to say exactly how you feel. Together, we can look at ways to make changes to your life and move you forward through your difficulties. I have experience in anxiety, worry, anger, low self esteem, relationships,(including couple's counselling), bereavement and many other issues. I have trained integratively, which means I can offer a range of therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. You can be confident that what I offer will be individual to you. I welcome any enquiries either by telephone or email. Your call will be dealt with sensitively and confidentially so do not be frightened to make that first move. Counselling really can help.

I deliver long and short term therapy and offer a range of approaches depending on my client's needs. I have a private practice operating from my home and have a range of experience working with individual adults, couples and teenagers from 16 years of age. I also offer online sessions for those who prefer this as an option.

* Accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists)
* I hold a BACP accredited diploma in Integrative Counselling
* I have achieved BACP Accredited status, which means my practise has been assessed by a     professional body and has been deemed to have met the standard for a competent, ethical and   independent practitioner.
* I am on the register of counsellors with the BACP.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a BACP accredited diploma in Integrative Counselling and have delivered over 2000 hours of counselling to individuals and couples. I am an accredited and registered member of the BACP.

I have attended trainings in couple's therapy, an introduction to supervision and child protection.

I hold a certificate in Sand Tray therapy

I have attended seminars in bereavement, attachment and child development and also lectures given by Patrick Casement and Irvin Yalom, both eminent psychologists.

I am committed to attending regular training in order to continue to develop professionally.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

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Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Individual face to face sessions  £40 per session (each session 50 mins in duration)

Online individual sessions £35 for 50 minutes

Couples (face to face) £50 (each session 60 minutes in duration)
Students and student counsellors £30 per session (50 minutes in duration)

I realise that counselling can be expensive and therefore my fees can be negotiated if you are unable to meet the full price, depending on your circumstances.


Weekdays Monday to Friday

Further information

I run a private practice in Earls Colne near Colchester which offers a calm and restful setting. There is ample on-site parking.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Claire Bentley

Claire Bentley