Serenity Counselling Service - Claire Huzzey BA (Hons) MBACP
Every one of us at times face challenges and dilemmas that can leave us confused. Within this current world climate, we can all be feeling different emotions that we haven’t felt before or have been able to learn to manage before and now are developing into a recurring issue. If you feel that you are ready to make changes, whatever it is that you are facing at this time, there is a good chance that counselling may help you.
The thought of needing to come into counselling can be a daunting worrying experience, I am here to help you feel safe, not judged and understood. Together, we can look at any of the issues that are effecting your everyday life and find ways to work through them, in a confidential setting.
I am a qualified integrative counsellor. Working integratively means that my approach uses different theories that include the main forces in psychology of Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Psychodynamics. This means I combine different techniques and interventions to create the most effective therapy for your needs. This may include mindfulness, guided visualisations and art therapy.
My aim is to empower you to help you reduce confusion and enable you to cope with challenges and make positive changes in your unhelpful or unhealthy patterns of behaviour in a safe, confidential and respectful environment, for you to be able to explore any issues, emotions within a safe therapeutic relationship to discuss, whatever is important to you at this time
The therapeutic experience can either be short, goal focused or open ended. Each person has different needs and goals, we can discuss what you would like to achieve. By offering a safe, confidential space to work within for the 50 minute sessions each week. My aim is to build a theraputic relationship with you so we are able to safely explore any issue that may arise for you within your time in counselling offering the tools to empower you to help yourself.
I focus on helping you explore feelings and emotions that are often related to your experiences, allowing you to reflect on what is happening to you and to consider alternative ways of doing things, or thinking styles. I help you to view things from different perspectives. This can lead to an increased sense of awareness, that can be invaluable if you want to bring about effective change.
I have vast experience of working with people from all walks of life and ages from children, teenagers and adults helping them with concerns such as to name a few depression, anxiety including health anxiety, stress, addictions including alcohol, drugs, gambling and shopping, relatives of addicts, abuse, loss, bereavement, low self-esteem, long term debilitating illness, trauma as well as a space to explore any other worries.
I have over three years experience in counselling within drug and alcohol agencies working with clients on a one to one basis and also through facilitating group open sessions with clients that have addiction issues ranging from alcohol, drugs and gambling. Each client has been at different stages of their personal recovery journey, which ranges from actively drinking, reducing drinking to assist with a safer detox, leading through to the different stages on their path to sobriety, working with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and trauma as well as the addiction. I also work with the relatives of people that suffer from addictions, regarding how it has impacted their lives by living and loving an addict. working through issues such as co-dependency also feelings of helplessness as they are not able to fix or help their relative.
Through working within a college environment as a student counsellor, with students ranging from 16 to 19 years’ old. I have experience of working with the challenges of growing up in the technological world and the issues that can be brought up though social media and any issues that can arise such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, bereavements, learning difficulties issues and trauma.
As well as my counselling private practice , I am also one of the Co-founders of Open To Change Essex. This is a addiction support group based in Brentwood. Helping the clients within the community offering a supportive network for individuals and their families with the aim for the clients to become clear from alcohol and all mood-altering substances. We provide support to people on their road to recovery.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified Integrative Counsellor BA (hons) degree. As a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which also includes by participating and researching as a part of my continued professional development.
I participate in regular supervision sessions in accordance with the BACP recommendations. I also hold an enhanced DBS and registered with the DBS update service. I am fully insured to practice.
I have completed safeguarding courses and my certificates are up to date, and updated yearly. I attend regular CPD workshops and have attended the following so far.
- Art and Play Therapy
- CBT Working with Guilt and Shame
- Creative Therapeutic Journaling
- Concepts in bereavement work
- Counselling online: a Corona Virus Primer
- Creative Therapeutic Visualisations
- Dealing with distress: suicide and self harm
- Existential Philosophy
- Sexual Abuse : The Unspoken Trauma
- The neuroscience of addiction? Addictive drugs and reward mechanisms
- Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
- Behaviors that challenge
- Creative Timelines
- Understanding Children and Young Peoples Mental Health Certificate
- Understanding Mental Health Certificate
- Understanding Specific Learning Difficulties Certificate
Trauma, Dissociation & recovery
I hold the following professional qualifications
- BA Honours Degree in Integrative Counselling
- Registered Member of the (BACP) The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
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
I recognise that life can be busy so I offer one to one counselling for both daytime and evening sessions. Within these challenging times, I am bringing my therapy services directly to you in your own home via online video or telephone sessions.
Individuals Face to Face - £40 for a 50 minute session.
Telephone and Online Counselling - £40.00 per 50 minute session
Couples Counselling - £60.00 for a 50 minute session or £90.00 for 90 minute session
Counselling students - Concessions available dependent on circumstances
Concessions offered for
I understand how daunting it can feel to contact a counsellor when you feel confused and overwhelmed this is why I offer a free 30 minutes telephone consultation. You are welcome to call me for an informal chat and to ask any questions.
To get the best out of counselling, you need to feel comfortable with your therapist, so before making a decision, I am more than happy to talk to you on the phone to see if we can work together. After all, counselling is an investment in you and you deserve to choose someone that suits you, there is no obligation or pressure to book an appointment.
I may not be able to always answer my phone, please leave a message and a number that I can reach you on and I will return your call as soon as possible. Alternatively, you can email me using the email me feature at the top of my profile.