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BSc (Hons), MBACP

About me

About me

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, reliable 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'm often told that I have a calming presence and that people feel comfortable around me.  You may be thinking about counselling to make changes, manage difficulties, make a big decision or 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 very personal and individual approach.  I will give you my full attention and focus (I limit the number of clients that I see each week to protect each client relationship). I will listen carefully 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.

Getting in touch

Please get in touch anytime on 07913238173; if I am unable to answer please leave a message and I will call you back as soon as possible - or send me a text or WhatsApp if that feels more comfortable.  We can then arrange the best time to speak over the phone (or another option such as messenger if that's more comfortable) 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, we can decide on a convenient time for our first session.  

Our counselling sessions would usually last for 50 minutes.  Our sessions would be in person, over the phone or Skype / WhatsApp - whichever you are most comfortable with.  In person sessions would take place in my dedicated comfortable counselling room.  I would love to hear from you, so please get in touch if you would like to arrange a session or if you need any further information.

My approaches to counselling

You might be unsure about the different types of counselling and what is right for you and your circumstances? You may have already experienced or heard about ‘person centered’,  ‘psychodynamic’ or ‘CBT’.

Broadly speaking, these are the three major approaches to counselling in the UK. These three approaches also have offshoots and sub-types within them.

I’m trained in all of these areas - so we have lots of options open to us. We don’t need to rely on one approach to meet your needs - together we can decide on one or a combination of these approaches to help you get to where you need to be.

Person centered counselling can focus on developing your confidence and identifying your inner resources. What’s really good about this approach is that you might already know, deep down, what you need to do. Within a warm, caring, authentic, therapeutic relationship you can develop the self-confidence to tap into your own resources. My understanding and acceptance of all of you, while also being honest and real is what you can expect from me within this approach.

Psychodynamic (relationship counselling) centers on relationships, with yourself and others. The relationship that forms between us, in the sessions, can be really useful in helping to understand what happens within your other relationships. A feature of this type of counselling is that I would ‘interpret’ the meaning behind what you say. You would develop insight and understanding into any difficulties you may be experiencing within your relationships.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps you to understand the relationship between your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. In this type of counselling you would learn skills and strategies to manage, cope with and change problematic thinking styles.

Training, qualifications & experience

I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, a Level 5 Diploma in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), as well as BSc (Hons) Psychology.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have experience in working with clients in these areas: low self-esteem, avoidance, academic anxiety, work related stress / burnout, bereavement / pet bereavement and addiction (drugs/alcohol).

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Fees

From £40.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Keyworkers
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

£40 (telephone and video link) - £50 (in person) per 50 minute session - payment can be made via BACS, cheque or cash. 

When I work

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Morning
Afternoon
Evening
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I have sessions available between 8:00 am and 8:00 pm Monday to Friday. I have some flexibility around these times, please get in touch and I will do my best to accommodate you.  

Further information

Counselling is a talking therapy that helps you to focus your problems by helping you to clarify 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.

Birkenhead, Merseyside, CH41

Wirral, Merseyside, CH46

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages

Sorry, none.

Online platforms

Skype
Whatsapp