Claire Harding Registered member MBACP
I am an experienced and qualified counsellor working with adults, children and teenagers. I have a small private practice located in a tranquil setting in Marlow offering daytime and evening appointments; occasionally I can also see clients at weekends or at short notice.
I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including depression, bereavement, relationship & work issues, anxiety, stress, life changes/transitions, trauma, loss of identity, self esteem/self confidence, bullying or simply feelings of emptiness.
For me Looking after your emotional and psychological wellbeing is just as important as looking after your physical health. Talking things through can be very useful but I’m aware that sometimes it's difficult to talk to those closest to you about the things that trouble you most. That's where it can be helpful to talk to a counsellor; someone experienced who is not emotionally involved and who is trained to hear you without judging or giving advice. Counselling allows you to explore and make sense of your current situation, find out what is really troubling you and if necessary looking at past issues. It can also give you a better perspective of anything which is causing you distress in your life, enabling you to gain fresh insight whilst working through things.
I do not direct; instead I believe that we all know deep down what is best for ourselves and what if anything needs to be done. I would like to think I can help and support you in finding your own answers, making your own decisions and gaining the self-confidence to do this. Counselling is about empowerment. You are more able to cope with life if you feel that you have more control. Through counselling you can develop a sense of acceptance of who you are and come to terms with life's events.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills
Certificate in Counselling Concepts
I regularly attend specialist training courses, recent topics include:-
Major Incident Response Training
Working with Families
Autism & Learning
NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming)
Attachment & Loss
Children & Young People to develop & sustain positive self esteem
CBT & Anxiety
In addition to my private practice, I worked until very recently as an accredited Cruse Bereavement Counsellor and Supervisor, having been one of only a handful of Cruse counsellors who underwent training and was on standby for the London Olympics/Paralympics. I remain on the team as a volunteer offering support during major sporting and cultural events across the country and for major incidents.
I have also provided counselling services for a local youth advisory centre as well as having worked extensively with young people 11-18 in secondary schools, so feel I have a very good understanding of some of the difficulties they experience. Prior to training as a counsellor, I had a long career (in fact still do) working in Human Resources and have dealt with redundancy, workplace stress, bullying/harassment as well as a whole host of other issues, all of which I feel help me now in my work as a counsellor.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I hold full professional liability insurance and have an enhanced DBS check.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£40 for a 1 hour session payable by cash or cheque on the day.
A reduction may be possible if on a low income or unemployed, I also offer a reduced fee for students and trainees.
I offer a free initial session, without obligation, which gives us an opportunity to meet each other, making sure that what I am able to offer will meet your needs. It’s also an opportunity for you to ask any questions and for us to see if we could work together. Parents can accompany their children for part of this meeting if they wish to.
I understand that sometimes appointments need to be cancelled or re-arranged. There is no charge if 24 hours' notice is given.
Free car parking available.