Claire Bentley MBACP (Accred) ,Dip Integrative Counselling

Claire Bentley MBACP (Accred) ,Dip Integrative Counselling

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 have worked with primary school children offering therapeutic play in the school setting and also at a secondary school with students in their school day.

* 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 1000 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 certificates in Sand Tray therapy, creative therapies, therapeutic use of stories and puppets and the use of paint and clay.

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


Accredited register membership

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Individuals £40 per session (each session 50 mins in duration)
Couples £50 (each session 60 minutes in duration)
Students and student counsellors £35 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.

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.

Maps & Directions

Colchester, CO6

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekdays Monday to Friday One evening appointment available on a Monday until 8:30pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults