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 people who are feeling depressed, hopeless, anxious or lonely.
I work with people who are unable to cope with daily life, lack self-esteem or feel 'stuck'.
I work with people who have relationship issues, with families, friends, or with working and social settings.
I work with people who have experienced traumatic events, abuse or neglect - both in the past and the present.
Sometimes we feel low without those who are closest to us knowing or understanding. Or sometimes it is all too clear that our family and working lives are being effected by our unmanageable feelings. Whilst we might get support from those around us, seeking professional counselling can be a non-judgemental and freeing way of exploring our pain and difficulty.
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. This will take place in my therapy room and will last approximately 1 hour. As a first meeting, it gives us a chance to get a sense of each other and how we can work together. It gives you an opportunity to tell your story and to see how I might help you.
Should you then wish to proceed, we will discuss how many sessions 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 6 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 in my third year of 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 counselling services in Bedford and Cambridge.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- 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