Claire Fryer MBACP
There are times in all our lives when we might need a safe space to talk about ourselves, our lives, or something that's distressing us. Having faced my own struggles and painful experiences in life, the awareness I develop through ongoing counselling, training and supervision gives me the space and clarity to be as present as possible with you.
At the heart of counselling is a relationship that focuses on you, based on empathy, acceptance, and non-judgement. We explore whatever you most need to. New possibilities and perspectives emerge as we work together to make the changes you choose. Every relationship between a client and counsellor is unique and I use a flexible approach to adapt to the needs of each individual - the direction we take will be created between us. Talking about experiences and feelings is an important part of counselling. Being seen and heard for who we are can be very enabling and often what we most need. Yet, we can often get trapped in old patterns that are out of date and no longer helping us.
My theoretical perspective is humanistic. This means I draw on ideas from Person-centered counselling, Gestalt therapy, and TA according to the individual needs of each client. We may explore the stories and narratives of your life; untangling threads to get clearer about who you are, the meanings and sense you've made of your life so far, and how you want to move forward. We might look at the emotional wounds and patterns you've developed to protect yourself, to cope with and avoid pain. Allowing feelings you have not been able to feel can offer greater freedom, flexibility and choice in the here and now.
For some people, using mindfulness or creativity can be an important part of their process. For others, using a mind-body approach called 'Brainspotting' can be a very powerful way of releasing pain, trauma and emotions trapped in the deeper brain and body.
If you would like to arrange a free initial session to see how we might work together, I look forward to hearing from 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 Certificate: Level 1 - London
I welcome and work with clients who have a wide variety of reasons for seeking counselling, such as anxiety, addictions, trauma, depression, insomnia, bereavement, low self-confidence. I also work with trainee counsellors.
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
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- 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 issues
- 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. This is fundamental to the healing of trauma.
I realise it can sometimes feel daunting to take the first step and make contact about counselling, so I am happy to talk with you over the phone about what you are looking for, and answer any questions you have. I also offer a free initial 1 hour session so we can meet face to face and see how we could work together.
Sessions are £50 an hour. Concessionary rates are available for those with lower incomes or students in the hope of making counselling as accessible as possible. I am happy to discuss this during our initial session.
Appointments are available Monday to Thursday in Forest Row and I work at Halos Clinic in Oxted on Fridays.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available Monday to Thursday.
Types of client