Claire Couch BSc (Hons), Dip. Counselling, MBACP
Thank you for taking the time to view my profile. I fully appreciate that seeking the support of a counsellor is an important decision and finding the right counsellor for you can feel like a daunting first step. I hope the information you find here and on my website will help you take that first step with confidence.
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP). Probably the most significant influence on my decision to train as a counsellor came from the experience of receiving counselling myself during a particularly difficult period in my life. I was totally amazed at the restorative effect of being offered a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space to share my pain and worries. Feeling valued and heard and being offered the opportunity to express and understand myself, particularly through creative means, was literally life changing. A change that has brought me to the here and now, where I now have a genuine passion for offering others that same support and life changing experience that I so gratefully received.
Training, qualifications & experience
I offer counselling of a Humanistic Integrative Modality. But what does this mean exactly? Well, simply put, it means that I draw on more than one theoretical model of counselling psychology to empower you to discover your own solutions to issues in a supportive, non-judgemental and confidential environment. Everyone is unique and my integrative training enables me to adapt my approach to suit you and your needs. Only you know how you are feeling, and I will listen carefully with an empathic ear to get a real sense of your experience from your perspective. My aim is for you to feel truly heard. But I won't just listen. I will offer you my honesty and respect and work with you to develop a better understanding of yourself, that brings awareness, so you can choose new, more helpful ways of coping with life's ups and downs. In essence, I will help you make positive change. I have a particular interest in working creatively using practical activities such as sand tray, picture cards, drawing and metaphor and often use mindfulness and body awareness techniques. However, I appreciate that this may not be for everyone and will only approach our work together in this way if it's comfortable for you.
I also offer Autogenic Training (AT). AT is a desensitisation-relaxation technique which significantly reduces stress and tension and improves sleep and mood regulation. AT is very beneficial to people who are stressed, work hard and are at risk of, or already in, burnout and suffering from chronic tension. In addition, conditions such as migraine/tension headaches, hypertension/coronary heart disease, asthma, Raynaud's disease, tinnitus, sleep disorders and anxiety disorders, all improve when people practice AT. This list is not exhaustive. If you'd like to know more please get in touch.
I am very proud to have gained much of my experience working for Macmillan Cancer Support in Eastbourne and Headway East Sussex (Acquired Brain Injury charity) in Newick. Both of these charities have given me valued counselling experience with life changing illness and injury, bereavement and the emotional difficulties of anxiety, depression and relationship problems that often occur as a result of such unexpected change. Experience which is very relevant for supporting those affected by the current Covid 19 health crisis. I am equally proud to have more recently joined Sussex Community Development Association (SCDA), in the fast track referral service for the Support for Survivors of Suicide (SSOS), counselling those who are feeling suicidal or have recently attempted suicide.
For my Private Practice I work from my home in Pevensey, East Sussex. Sessions may be offered face to face, online or by telephone, whichever is most appropriate for you and your circumstances.
COVID and Face to Face sessions: I am offering face to face sessions. At introduction we will have a short discussion which will include a brief Covid risk assessment to help us to determine if this is appropriate and that both you and I can be kept safe. Many thanks for your co-operation with this.
- BSc (HONS) Combined Sciences
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling
- Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
- Certificate in Autogenic Training
- Certificate in Counselling Children & Young People 11-18 yrs
I regularly attend workshops and online lectures and courses to keep my training fresh and up to date.
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
£40.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
I offer an introductory session of around 20 mins for which there is no charge. This is a time for us to meet each other, see how we feel and look at how we could work together. There is no pressure, no obligation to proceed.
If you decide to go ahead with counselling the first formal session will include an initial assessment from which the length of contract will be negotiated and agreed between us and will be tailored to your individual needs.
My fee for this and subsequent sessions is £40 per 50 min session.
I offer sessions on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday weekdays and on Saturday mornings. I am currently unable to offer sessions on a Thursday or Friday.