Claire Hanley Stakes

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Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1
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About me

Hi, my name is Claire.

Are you feeling overwhelmed and struggling to cope. Maybe your feeling stuck and would like help in finding a way forward.

I offer therapy to individuals, couples and groups of people from a lovely peaceful counselling and therapy practice in the centre of Wakefield which has a pay and display car park just outside for those of you that drive. We have a train station within a 2 minute walk away and a bus station within a 3 minute walk away. I offer counselling face to face, via video link (Zoom) or telephone. I work on both a long and short-term basis using predominantly a person-centred approach, although I do integrate other ways of working to best suit you and your needs, as we as individuals are all unique.

I do appreciate that therapy may be an emotionally challenging experience. So therefore, I will work with you, at your pace, to help you, find your answers. I provide a safe place and time to talk to you, in a confidential environment where you will be accepted for who you are, without any judgement, with the aim to building a genuine therapeutic relationship of respect, empathy and trust.

Therapy can help you resolve complicated thoughts and feelings or find ways to help you live with them. It can help you recognise unhelpful patterns in the way that you think or act and find ways to change, if this is what you want. It can also help you explore and find the root causes of long-standing problems.

People often look to access therapy when they have experienced difficult life events such as bereavement. This may be the loss of a loved one, a job, a pet, a home or a relationship. You may be having relationship problems and struggling with communication, past trauma thats effecting this relationship or infidelity. Upsetting or Traumatic experiences, whether this is something recent or something that happened a long time ago. It may be that you are experiencing difficult emotions, such as grief, rejection, adandonment, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger, fear, shame or low self-esteem and lacking in confidence. Or you may be struggling with depression, anxiety, other mental health conditions, stress or long-term physical health problems.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as working in private practice, I have previous experience counselling to a non-for-profit Charity Counselling Service in Doncaster for adults and children from the age of 11. I have worked with Employment Assisted Programs for a variety of organisation over the past 4 years.  I also have 12 years’ experience working for a non-for-profit Charity based organisation supporting Adults, Children and families from various cultural backgrounds with a variety of complex needs.  I have particular experience in Domestic abuse, Relationship difficulties, Infidelity, Anxiety, Depression, Stress, Low self-esteem, The impact of suicide and self-harm on the individual, family and friends, Suicidal ideation, Personality disorders, Eating disorders, Learning difficulties, Autism, ADHD, Trauma, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Sexual / Psychological / Physical abuse and Neglect, Childhood issues, Anger issues, Bereavement, Drug and Alcohol misuse.

I continue to work extremely hard in my continued professional development to enhance my knowledge, practice and the therapy I offer.

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling.
  • Working with complex trauma recovery stage 1. Safety and stabilisation. 2-day workshop.
  • Understanding childhood sexual exploitation, the grooming process and how to recognise the signs workshop.
  • Women and Girls on the Autism Spectrum training. - The National Autistic Society.
  • Dissociative identity disorder, understanding trauma responses and how to work safely with complex trauma workshop.
  • Working with Nightmares and Dreams. 2-day workshop.
  • NCFE CACHE Certificate in understanding children and young people’s mental health.
  • Working with complex trauma recovery. Stage 2. Single and Multiple Trauma processing. 2-day workshop.
  • TQUK Certificate in understanding Autism. (RQF)
  • Bereavement workshop.
  • Inner Child Therapy, 3-day workshop.
  • ABC Diploma in Couples and Family Therapy.
  • NCFE CACHE Level 2 certificate in Dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.
  • ADHD awareness.
  • Signature - British Sign Language level 1
  • Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy.
  • Sexual Abuse- Hope for Healing.
  • Working creatively workshop.
  • Working with Relational Trauma - dealing with attachment.
  • Dealing with Distress. Working with Suicide and Self Harm.
  • Trauma and the Body. Somatisation and Dissociation.
  • Mental Health and the Body. Treating Trauma.
  • Working with Shame.
  • Understanding Autism, Asperger's and ADHD. - Ongoing.
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy Diploma - Ongoing.
  • Working towards my BACP Accreditation. Ongoing.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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Areas of counselling I deal with

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£40.00 - £50.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Additional information

My fees are £40.00 per hour for individual counselling and £50 per hour for couple and group counselling. However, where cost may be a problem, I do offer concession prices and I am open to discuss an affordable rate.

My availability is

Monday Tuesday Thursday 4pm until 8pm

Wednesday 9am until 5pm   

Saturday 9am - 3pm.

Contact Details: Phone: 07517 175839 or Email

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 4pm until 8pm

Wednesday 9am until 5pm

Saturday 9am until 3pm. 

Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Claire Hanley Stakes
Claire Hanley Stakes