About me

Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I am offering counselling appointments in person in Newquay and Truro or online with Zoom. I am available Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. I offer a free phone consultation, and a half price first session for you to see whether I am the right counsellor for you. 

I have 185 hours counselling experience, and I am a member of the B.A.C.P.  I consider myself to be eclectic in my approach. My main area of specialism is the Person Centred approach, but I also use other techniques in certain situations depending on what's right for you. I aim to tailor the therapeutic experience to your specific needs, choosing the type, style and techniques that work best for you. 

Why might you need counselling?

People seek counselling for numerous reasons. Perhaps you feel stuck in a place you no longer want to be? Perhaps you do not know what is wrong, but you feel unhappy. Are you suffering with repeating patterns of emotional pain? Have you recently suffered a trauma, bereavement or a loss? Whatever your reason for seeking help I will work with you to find the right treatment.

It is common for people to suffer with repeating patterns of emotional pain, and some of these patterns are easy to identify, but others can be hidden from our awareness. If you feel hopeless, or if you are yearning to reach your full potential then you might be locked in unhelpful patterns that you don't recognise. Sometimes there are triggers for our emotional pain, and they can be seen in our relationships and in the ways that we think and feel about ourselves. I like to help you find these triggers and set you free. I achieve this by giving you the right conditions to fully understand yourself, and why you feel the way you do. We often attempt to avoid our pain by running away, distracting ourselves, using drugs and alcohol, being a perfectionist or living in denial for example. Without identifying and changing our patterns and triggers, we persist in repeating our behaviours. I aim to bring about freedom by facilitating lasting change that comes from new ways of thinking, being and doing. I aim to help you develop a new way of seeing yourself and others, and when your perspective shifts you will know what changes are necessary for you to lead your best life

Counselling for Self-Improvement

Sometimes it's not just life's difficulties that bring people to therapy. Some people use counselling to help and support them through general self development. Self development is about striving to improve yourself, and it can be about anything. We can generate specific aims and objectives together, or we can centre it around general self improvement, self confidence and well being so you can truly live your best life.  Some examples of how you might use counselling for self development would be preparing for an interview, a presentation at work or other big life events. We can spend our time together focusing on your goals and help to increase your motivation. I can support you with assertiveness, self confidence, help with public speaking, interview skills, preparing for big events, support with diet and fitness goals and many other personal and professional endeavours. 

My experience

I am currently an associate working for Lifetime Therapy and I also have a voluntary position with Georgia's Voice. Prior to my agency work I used to volunteer as a Counsellor for Callywith College. Starting off with only myself as a volunteer, this has now developed into a full time listening service and I am proud of this. As a result of working with young adults, I have gained experience of working with mental health issues such as gender dysphoria, identity crisis, self-harm, suicidal ideation, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, eating disorders, trauma and abuse, anger management, body dysmorphia, bullying and much more. 

A bit about me

Outside of my counselling role, I am a mother of 2 children with special needs and I am a fitness lover that also likes to ski and travel the world. Before I became a counsellor, I spent 8 years in local government as a Benefits Assessor and then I ran my own car garage business for 2 years. I have also spent my time working with children. I previously taught jiu-jitsu to juniors at Newquay Tretherras School for several years, and this included helping out with national events and sponsoring the club. I gained an Ambassador of the year award. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Level 5 Diploma Psychotherapeutic Counselling (nearly completed)
  • Level 4 Diploma Therapeutic Counselling 
  • BA, Hons Sociology / Anthropology and Applied Social Studies  
  • Support Students Who Self-Harm
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults
  • Moving Your Practice Online  

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Fees

£40.00 per session

Additional information

My rates are £40 per 50 minute session

The first session is half price at £20 

77 Lemon Street
Truro
Cornwall
TR1 2PN

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Claire James

Claire James