About me

I am a qualified Humanistic Existential Counsellor.

Claire Burston BACP Registered Counsellor - Dip. Couns

I follow a person-centered approach and the main premise is that clients know themselves better than anyone else and I provide the tools and guidance for them to be able to explore this.

Humanistic psychology is about striving for self-acceptance, greater understanding of personal values, beliefs and personal meaning of life.

As for Existential psychology, this explores our freedom of choice and the responsibilities that go along with it.

Training, qualifications & experience

I graduated at Guildford College, Surrey in 2017 as a Humanistic Existential Counsellor - Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling CPCAB. I also graduated at Sunderland University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. If clients are struggling to talk about certain things, if they choose to, I may use other creative tools such as drawing, painting and sand tray. My approach to counselling is to allow a client to express themselves in whatever way they choose, whether it be through words or creatively.

Other training

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT).
  • Understanding and Treating Complex Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
  • Sand Tray, Creative Therapy – Using sand for self-exploration.
  • Attachment Styles and Sexual Abuse – understanding your own and other attachment styles within the therapeutic relationship.
  • Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder.
  • Understanding Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
  • Mental Capacity – Empower and protect people who may not be able to make some decisions for themselves.
  • Equality and Diversity – To promote equal opportunity for all, giving every individual the chance to achieve their full potential, free from prejudice and discrimination.
  • Level 2 Safeguarding – Protection of young people and children.

Work experience

Brixham college - I currently work part time supporting children and young people as a school counsellor. I have grown to understand that a creative approach to counselling can sometimes be even more beneficial when working with this age group because of the lack of life experience and brain development. The support I have given here involves - social anxiety, self-harm, low self-confidence, attachment difficulties and working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum. 

Mind - I worked as a Counsellor supporting and empowering clients living with mental health difficulties. It was here I grew to understand the complexities of our mental health. Some may describe or label them as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and many more.

PARCS (Portsmouth, Abuse and Rape Counselling Service) - Supporting clients who have been sexually violated at any time in their lives. I learnt about power imbalance in relationships and post-traumatic stress which involved understanding the science behind the function of the brain.

Rowcroft - I worked as a bereavement counsellor and it is here I grew to understand the challenges around loss and grief. 

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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Additional information

Individual (face to face) Standard Counselling - £50 per 1 hour session (prices can be tailored towards your requirements).

First session - £20.

Face time, Skype and telephone counselling available.

I offer reduced fees for student counsellors which will be negotiated during our first session.

Mount Road

Type of session

In person
Claire Burston

Claire Burston