Thank you for taking the time to read my profile while you decide on the best counsellor for you and what you need. I would like to help. My name is Claire and I am a dedicated, warm, ethical, caring, qualified and experienced counsellor. Making the decision to see a counsellor is a big step, especially if you haven't done anything like this before. I aim to make it as easy and comfortable for you as possible. I am often told that I have a calming presence and that people feel comfortable around me. You many be thinking about counselling to make changes, manage difficulties, and understand yourself or a challenging situation better. I have certainly had my own challenges, which I believe supports understanding of your difficulties or issues.
I take a personal approach, treating you as an individual; giving you my full attention (I limit the number of clients that I see each week to protect each client relationship). I will listen to you and with your consent draw on my training in one or all of the approaches to therapy that I have trained in - to help you find your understanding and make changes, or both. I have worked within addiction and mental health services for over twenty years, and more recently with younger people. I love what I do, I also volunteer within the local community.
You can contact me on 07913238173, if I am unable to answer please leave a message and I will call you back - or send me a text or WhatsApp if that feels more comfortable. I would love to hear from you, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a session or if you need further information. Once you have made contact I will call, text or message you back to discuss any concerns, questions or worries that you may have about counselling (there is no charge for this). Hopefully I will be able to reassure you and answer any questions that you may have. Once you decide to go ahead I will send you a counselling agreement before our first session. Counselling sessions usually last for 50 minutes. At the moment my sessions are over the phone or Skype / WhatsApp, although I do hope to be able to offer walk and talk and in person sessions early next year (2021).
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), as well as BSc (Hons) Psychology.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also have experience in working with clients in these areas: avoidance, academic anxiety, work related stress/burnout.
£40 per 50 minute session - payment can be made via PayPal or cheque. Due to the current pandemic I am conducting all sessions via telephone / video call at present. I offer concessionary rates for students, unwaged, NHS staff, older people, trainee counsellors and ex-services.
Counselling is a talking therapy that helps you to focus your problems by helping you to clarify the issues, explore different options, develop coping strategies, increase self-awareness and find solutions to problems. Counselling usually takes place weekly, at the same time and day each week, and lasts for 50 minutes. I am fully insured. I have sessions available between 9:00 am and 6:00 pm Monday to Friday. I have some flexibility around these times, please get in touch and I will do my best to accommodate you.