Claire Barrett - MBACP, Dip. Counselling

Claire Barrett - MBACP, Dip. Counselling

Petts Wood

07934 249925

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About me

I am an experienced counsellor and Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) who can work with a range of emotional difficulties and am able to offer counselling to both individuals & couples. My counselling room is easily accessible for clients living in Petts Wood, Bromley, Chislehurst & Orpington and other surrounding areas of SE London.

There are times in our lives when we experience problems that we find difficult to cope with and these difficulties may be affecting your quality of life & emotional well-being. I am able to offer you the space & time to talk openly about your problems in a safe, confidential & professional environment.

Our counselling relationship will be different to the type of one you have with friends, family or colleagues. It is secure, confidential & contained and the focus is on your experiences of your problems. I will not give you advice, judge you or tell you what to do, but instead work with you to explore & make sense of your thoughts, feelings & behaviours.

Greater insight & self-awareness can lead to making long-lasting changes that can help you lead a more fulfilled life & have an increased sense of well-being. My aim is to support you in gaining the capacity & confidence to support yourself.

If you need any more information then please call me on 07934 249925 for a free confidential conversation or e-mail me using the link on this page or via my website link. I will happily answer any questions and maybe together we can work out if counselling is right for you. Remember you are under no obligation to make an appointment with me.

If I am unable to answer my phone, please leave a message. My email & answer service are confidential and I will get back to you promptly.

Training, qualifications & experience

Training & Qualifications:

  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice - The Bowlby Centre
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Award in Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Award in Education & Training

Continuing Professional Development:

  • The Bowlby Centre - Attachment Clinical Forums & Conferences
  • Understanding Your Eating Training (Professor Julia Buckroyd)
  • The Psychopathology of Obesity
  • CBT: Working with the Overweight Patient
  • Therapeutic interventions for working with obesity
  • Psychological Assessment Training – emotional eating
  • Facilitating Psycho Educational Groups – emotional eating
  • Shame - Internal Protectors and Saboteurs (Christiane Sanderson)
  • Couple Dynamics – Working with Couples & Relationships
  • Cruse Bereavement Care Workshops
  • One In Four Workshops - working with emotional, sexual & physical abuse
  • Tools for Life - group facilitation for anxiety & depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Strengths Based CBT - Padesky
  • I am committed to furthering my professional development & regularly attend further training and workshops, keep up to date with regular reading & research.

My Counselling Work & Experience:

In addition to working privately I am a volunteer counsellor for a counselling charity which specialises in helping clients who have anxiety & depression and work with a wide variety of underlying emotional difficulties.

I am also a Tutor at Westmeria Counselling College where I teach the CPCAB L2 Counselling Skills & L3 Counselling Studies Courses and am one of the tutors for the CPCAB L4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. These are professionally recognised courses that teach students counselling skills & theory through experiential group learning.

I have also worked as a counsellor in a local GP practice & within an NHS Tier 3 adult weight management service. Here I gained specialist training & experience in working with emotional eating, over-eating and binge eating issues. Some of my private work is now with clients who want to understand and address the emotional issues that underpin their struggle with their weight, psychologically prepare for bariatric surgery or help those who have started to sabotage existing bariatric surgery.

Prior to life as a counsellor, I worked as a business analyst & trainer where I developed & facilitated training for individuals & groups. Time spent in a pressurised, working environment has given me insight into how you may be finding work stressful, experiencing performance anxiety and have work-life balance worries & problems.

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Counselling sessions are 50 minutes long and held on the same day & at the same time each week.

My fees are:

£45 for Individual Counselling (18+)

£60 for Couples Counselling

I usually suggest an initial meeting for us both to see if working together feels appropriate - this is also charged at the same rates as above.

Please remember that you are under no obligation to continue.

Further information

Where I work:
I work from a quiet counselling room in Petts Wood which is easily accessible by public transport or by car and ideally situated for clients in the Petts Wood, Orpington, Bromley, Bickley, Chislehurst and SE London area.

Contacting me:
If you need any more information or have any concerns, then please call me on 07934 249925 for a free confidential conversation or e-mail me using the link on this page. You could also visit my website, also linked to this page.

I am not always able to answer my phone, so please leave a message. My email & answer service are confidential and I aim to get back to you within 24 hours (Mon-Fri).

To maintain confidentiality, I will not call back ‘missed calls’ (where no message has been left on my phone) and I will not leave a message on your phone unless you have asked me to do so.

Maps & Directions

Orpington, BR5

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


Weekdays (daytime) & also Saturday morning

Types of client