Claire Hill MBACP Accredited Counsellor & Psychotherapist
Hello and welcome to my counselling profile.
My name's Claire and I'm an experienced accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Sometimes it's just too difficult to share what's on your mind with family or friends, or perhaps you've tried, but felt no one has really understood you. No matter what's troubling you at this present time, you deserve acceptance and understanding, and my role is to provide an environment that's safe, supportive and confidential where you can explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour without the fear of being judged.
My usual way of working with clients is by face to face therapy, but like many other therapists, have had to adapt my practice in the light of the coronavirus pandemic in order to continue to offer therapy to new and existing clients. I am offering face to face therapy once again whilst acknowledging advice from government and the BACP, but can also offer online counselling via Zoom, telephone and walk and talk therapy as I appreciate the pressures people may feel at this present time and the need for alternatives. Please note however, that not all problems are suitable for remote working nor walk and talk therapy and this is something we can discuss through an initial assessment.
I have experience in working with a wide variety of issues and can offer you long or short term counselling on a weekly basis for 50 minutes each session for individuals (60 minutes for walk and talk therapy ), 60 minutes for couples. An initial assessment will take place to provide you with an opportunity to decide whether you think counselling is right for you and also to see whether we will be able to work well together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Higher National Diploma in Integrative Counselling and completed the Introductory Year in Group Analysis at The Institute of Group Analysis, London and completed the Working with Couples series at the Westminster Pastoral Foundation. As well as extensive continuous professional development, I have completed a variety of short courses in London, on Spiritual Psychology, Mindfulness Meditation and Nature Therapy and have more recently, completed a year long training in Wild Therapy.
I have been seeing clients since 2003 including over 12 years in private practice. I worked for over 5 years at an alcohol counselling service, long term work with a general counselling and psychotherapy service and two GP surgeries. I have also worked with EAP clients since 2008.
I have a lengthy background in Nursing, Midwifery and Complementary Therapies, including working abroad. I also worked for a number of years in the City of London in the commercial environment.
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also work with clients who experience chronic feelings of emptiness, restlessness, boredom, guilt and loneliness and those who struggle to find meaning in their lives.
The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on the mental health and well-being of individuals and this is coming to light in client work. Not just about anxiety - clients are wishing to explore more existential issues - thinking about where they are in their current life and perhaps where they would like to be in the future - and they are welcome to come and talk about this with me.
Initial assessment: £35 for up to 50 minutes (individuals) - £50 for up to 60 minutes (couples).
Sessions: £40 for 50 minutes (individuals) £40 to £50 for Walk and Talk Therapy (individuals only - location dependent) - £60 for 60 minutes (couples).
Having carried out a risk assessment for my home/work premises using the Health and Safety Executive template and guidelines, I have now resumed face to face work with clients.
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