Claire Bergman MNCS (Accred.)
07938 634 240
I am an experienced relational counsellor offering short and long term therapy. whether you are depressed, anxious or looking to focus on specific issues, I provide a safe, confidential space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings.
Above all, I aim to provide a space for clients to explore themselves and their concerns. I feel it is important to create the right environment for clients to feel comfortable, safe, accepted and understood. My counselling focuses on the here and now whilst making links with the past. I work with clients to help them achieve their potential and develop in a positive way.
I use a Relational Integrative Approach in my counselling. This is based on humanistic and psychodynamic principles which respect the individuality and particular needs of each client.
I am experienced in working with people who are:
- Feeling generally low (e.g. experiencing ongoing loneliness, a sense of futility, a lack of direction, moodiness, stress, confusion, anger, trouble sleeping, depression, anxiety)
- Facing a specific crisis (e.g. loss, change, trauma, illness, issues around fertility, abortion, relationship break-ups, divorce, bereavement)
- Wanting to improve relationships (e.g. experiencing difficulty forming and sustaining satisfying relationships, problems with personal or work relationships, difficulty with intimacy)
- Trying to come to terms with physical and / or sexual abuse (including victims of domestic violence)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have studied and trained at Hull University and Leeds Metropolitan University. Previous work experience involves 12 years of teaching in secondary and higher education and office based work in business environments. For several years I co-ordinated a professional counselling service which spans the whole of Yorkshire.
I have worked as a counsellor for several years in various counselling organisations and I have been in private practice since 2006.
Dip. Therapeutic Counselling
Working with Self Harm
Working with LGBT clients
Safeguarding children (levels 1 and 2)
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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My fee is £40 per session.
There may be occasions when you may need to cancel and I will try to accommodate you where possible. However, I do ask for at least 48 hours notice (except in exceptional circumstances), or you will be charged for the missed session.
The first step is to arrange an initial session where we can meet each other and discuss what you would like to achieve from counselling. It will also give you an idea of how I work and is an opportunity for you to ask me questions.
If you decide that counselling is for you and we both feel that we can work together, then usually, sessions are weekly and last for one hour. I offer short-term counselling, which can be as few as six or 12 sessions, or open-ended counselling which will continue until you feel ready to stop.
We can agree when we first meet how many sessions would be appropriate.
If you’re not sure about the kind of counselling you want or need, then please do get in touch – I’m very happy to talk through what I think we could achieve, with no obligations to continue.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability in the daytime (week days) and on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|