Claire Fryer MBACP
There are times in all our lives when we may feel the need for a safe space to talk about ourselves, our lives, or something that is distressing us.
At the heart of counselling is a relationship that focuses on you. It is about acceptance, trust and empathy, and offers you the space and time to explore whatever you most need to. Through this relationship new possibilities and perspectives can emerge as we work together to make the changes you choose. It is my intention to see and hear the uniqueness of you, built on a belief in your capacity for growth and wellbeing.
Talking about experiences and feelings is very important, and sometimes words alone can feel inadequate to express our deepest fears or most daring dreams. Using metaphors, colour, writing, or objects can help breath new life into stuckness or pain and engage us in new and creative ways of being. I draw on ideas from Person-centered counselling, Gestalt therapy, TA and mindfulness according to the individual needs of each client. I also weave the use of essential oils into my practise, if appropriate. For clients who have experienced trauma in their lives, I can integrate a brain-based therapy called Brainspotting. This offers a powerful yet gentle way of supporting the release of pain, trauma and emotions trapped in the body and deeper-brain.
Having faced my own struggles and painful experiences in life, the awareness I continue to develop through ongoing counselling, training and supervision gives me the space and clarity to be as present as possible with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training and Qualifications.
BA (hons) Psychology - University of Sheffield
Cruse Certificate in Bereavement Counselling - Cruse Bereavement Care
Foundation Certificate in Existential Counselling - Regents College
Post Graduate Diploma in Humanistic Counselling - Brighton University
Brainspotting - Level 1 with Mark Grixti and Level 3 with David Grand - London
I welcome and work with clients who have a wide variety of reasons for seeking counselling, for example, trauma, addictions, loss, anxiety, depression, and challenges with eating.
I also work with brainspotting to enhance creativity and performance for actors, athletes and musicians.
I am insured and a registered member of BACP (the main regulatory body for counselling in the UK) and I am mindful of their ethical framework.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Tourette's syndrome
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Brainspotting is an innovative brain-body-based therapy that has developed out of EMDR. It works with the deep brain, emotions and experiences that can become stuck in our body, leave us in a constant state of fight or flight and prevent us from functioning in life as we want to. It is especially helpful for PTSD and releasing and processing trauma, whether complex developmental trauma occurring over time during childhood, or single-event trauma that has happened later in life. This happens within the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship, based on empathy and attunement.
If you would like to get more of an idea about whether counselling with me is what you're looking for, please contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.
Thereafter, sessions are £50 an hour and I am available for either short or longer-term work. Concessionary rates are also available in the hope of making counselling as accessible as possible.
Appointments are available Monday to Thursday in Forest Row. I work at Halos Clinic on Fridays in Oxted.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am available Monday to Thursday in Forest Row and Friday in Oxted.
Types of client