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Claire Fryer MBACP

Forest Row, East Sussex, RH18
07855 509518 07855 509518

About me

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 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.

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

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Within counselling sessions I also offer Brainspotting, 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 and prevent us from functioning and living our lives 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. It us also hugely beneficial at helping us process and integrate anything we feel is holding us back.

Brainspotting unfolds and is held within the safety of a trusting therapeutic relationship and is based on empathy and attunement.

Therapies offered

  • Existential therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Transactional analysis


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.

Further information

Please do get in touch if you are struggling during these very uncertain times due to the coronavirus and are looking for support.

Forest Row
East Sussex

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access


I am available Monday to Friday, currently offering online or telephone sessions to existing and new clients.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Claire Fryer MBACP

Claire Fryer MBACP