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. 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 - with Mark Grixti and David Grand - London
I welcome and work with clients who have a wide variety of reasons for seeking counselling, such as trauma, addictions, loss, anxiety, or depression. I also work with people who feel stuck, trapped or lost, experience a lack of joy in their lives, or never feel good enough.
I also offer brainspotting to enhance creativity and performance for actors, writers, 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.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
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 an idea about whether counselling with me is what you're looking for, please contact me to arrange a free initial meeting.
Rates thereafter, are £60 an hour. Concessionary rates are also available.
Please do get in touch if you are struggling during these very uncertain times due to the coronavirus and are looking for support.