Claire Brown MBACP Accredited
My name is Claire Brown, I am a BACP accredited counsellor with many years experience. I work with individuals, couples, families, and groups.
I worked as a volunteer at Harrow Women's Centre for 17 years, over this time I helped with a range of issues including:
- relationship issues
- low self esteem
- eating disorders
The way I work
I work in private practice, I provide a safe space where my clients can explore their issues and find new ways forward.
My core orientation is person centred which is a non directive approach, the aim is to empower the individual to take control. I am also a trained CBT therapist. Based on the client's issues and an initial assessment, the approach will be determined, in collaboration with the client.
Working as a cognitive behavioural therapist, I aim to to focus on the particular ways in which individuals think, behave and act, in an attempt to deal successfully with their behavioural, emotional and social problems and issues. The Idea is to encourage and support the individual to think in more healthier and positive ways to achieve a happier and successful life, and to use this positivity to change negative behaviours and events.
First meeting set boundaries, establish commitment for the journey ahead, couple to listen, acknowledge and respond. Help couple to learn about themselves and each other.
Next ask couple to define their relationship vision this turns energy away from past and present disappointments towards a more hopeful future. Example each list a series of positive statements beginning with the word ‘we’ that describe the way they would like their relationship to be. The idea is to help them to become friends and helpmate allies not enemies.
My aim is to help the couple to artificially reconstruct the conditions of romantic love.
When 2 people treat each other the way they did in happier times, they begin to identify each other as a source of pleasure once again. With the anger towards each other out of the way they will be ready and more willing to take part in therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training - As part of my professional development, I have completed post graduate courses in the following areas Brief therapy, Group Therapy, Couples Counselling, Anger Management, Domestic Violence, Child Sexual Abuse, Drug and Alcohol abuse, Eating Disorders,and Bereavement and loss, anxiety disorders such as Stress management, panic attack and Depression.
On completion of my training I was awarded a Diploma in counselling by Middlesex university, and a Diploma in cognitive behavioural therapy by the British school of yoga (BSY).
I have worked with EAP providers for many years as an affiliate counsellor, I have experience in critical incident debriefing.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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My fees for an individual is £45 for an hour and £67.50 for a couple I offer an extra 15 minutes free of charge to couples to enable each individual time to receive the information, process and respond.
For students and people on benefits the rate is reduce by £10.
Payment in cash is made at the end of each session.
Cancellation Fee - normally the full fee has to be paid if a session is cancelled at short notice, a 24 hour notice period is required. I always try to offer alternative time in the week where possible. The exception to this are annual holidays which you do not have to pay for.
Session time- I aim to offer you regular weekly slot, occasionally I may have to alter an appointment time.
Supervision - good therapeutic practice dictates that regardless of how qualified a therapist is, regular supervision of cases should be undertaken to ensure standards are maintained.
Confidentiality - I treat all information disclosed to me as confidential any information my supervisor receives is also treated as confidential. However, should I feel a client is either a danger to themselves or others, I reserve the right to inform outside agencies, but would not do so before prior discussion with the client.
I work within the BACP code of ethics.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Monday - Friday until 8pm and Saturday mornings.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|