Claire Addison MBACP, Dip. Con.
If you are struggling with life, emotions or relationships, having the opportunity to talk with a counsellor about your problems can be a relief. This talking can have a powerful and long-lasting impact on how you feel about yourself and how you relate to others.
I work with all sorts of different people with a wide range of difficulties - here are some of the issues for which people seek my counselling support:
- Depression, sadness, hopelessness
- Anxiety or feeling unable to cope
- Relationship issues
- Loss and bereavement
- Lack of confidence and self-esteem
- Experiences of trauma - both current and in the past
- Life changes.
I am an integrative counsellor. This means that I use different counselling theories and ways of working which I feel will be right for each individual. Regardless of your struggles, I offer a confidential and safe place for you to talk. I will listen to your story, hear about your feelings and experiences and work with you so that you may manage your life in a more contented, healthier and fulfilling way.
As a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I abide by their code of practice and their ethical framework.
I enjoy meeting and talking with people from all different backgrounds, life experiences, ethnicities, cultures, religions, physical abilities, gender identities and sexual orientations. I offer a safe space for those who are wanting to explore their LGBTQ+ identities.
I offer short and long term face-to-face counselling.
Taking the next step
You can call or email me to arrange an initial consultation.
The initial consultation will take place in my therapy room and will last for 50 minutes. Should you then wish to have more sessions, we will discuss how many feels appropriate for you and arrange a date and time for your sessions to begin.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and take place on the same day and at the same time each week.
Training, qualifications & experience
My interest in counselling began over a decade ago, when I had a personal experience of how life-changing it can be. I began my training at a well-established counselling and psychotherapy school seven years ago.
I hold the following counselling qualifications:
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling (level 7 BACP approved) (The Minster Centre, London)
- Foundation Certificate in Counselling (The Minster Centre London)
- I am undertaking a Master's Degree in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling at The Minster Centre/University of Middlesex.
As well as seeing clients in my private practice, I work for a university counselling service.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Antisocial personality disorder
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Histrionic personality disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Relationship problems such as:
affairs, betrayals, divorce, separation, feeling 'stuck', sexual challenges, wider family and 'in-laws' challenges
- Miscarriage and fertility issues
- Perinatal / postnatal depression (and the 'baby blues')
- Sibling issues
- Step families
- Step parenting
- Professional burn-out
- Student pressures
Individual counselling £40 per session (50 minutes)
Initial assessment session £40 (50 minutes)
One-off problem-solving session £100 (120 minutes)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client