Hello, my name is Claire and I provide an approachable, friendly, supportive, safe environment in which people can talk and be heard. Counselling can be useful in so many ways and I aim to provide a non-judgemental, empathic space to talk about any issues that clients struggle with, offer a chance to pause, take time to think and gain clarity on a situation, and begin to consider what the first step in moving forward might be. I have 15 years experience supporting people on a one to one basis.
I am trained in Person Centred Counselling and believe that it is the trusting relationship between the counsellor and client that forms the foundation from which we can work. I work in partnership with clients and offer a free initial session to help clients discover if I am the counsellor for them. I like to use a range of different therapies to support individuals to explore who they are, what is happening for them and draw on their own innate resources to move forward. When working with children and young people in particular, I like to work creatively so that they have ways other than talking, to express what might be going on for them. This entails using art, craft and games so that therapeutic work is non-threatening. I also offer this type of activity to adults who might find this way of working useful to them.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), possess a BACP Certificate of Proficiency, Full Insurance, Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate (DBS) to work with Adults and Children and ICO Certification/Data Protection Certificate.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Foundation Degree in Counselling (FdA)
- Diploma in Life Coaching
- Treating Generalized Anxiety & Panic Disorders
- Children's Emotional Wellbeing
- Helping Children Tell their Stories
- Mental Health First Aid (Lite)
- An Introduction to Supporting Children through Grief & Loss
I currently work as a counsellor with young adults and work with children on a variety of issues in Teesside schools. I also deliver workshop sessions to small groups of pupils on things like friendship, emotions, how to relax, anger and confidence.
I have worked with young people to set career goals and develop the confidence to help them decide and take the career path for them and many years experience supporting young people who have had caring responsibilities for family members (young carers), adult carers and often their families. I have also worked with many isolated older people living alone in the community and volunteered with bereaved adults and children at Alice House Hospice in Hartlepool.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Initial Session is no obligation fee free to find out if we can work together.
Each session thereafter £35.
I am able to offer reduced fees for officially verifiable personal circumstances.
Students undertaking counselling courses which requires personal therapy £30.
When choosing a counsellor or therapist it is really important to choose someone who you feel you can "connect" with and feel comfortable with. The initial session is a chance to chat, get to know each other and find out if I am the right counsellor for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am happy to offer home visits where initial session indicates this is most useful.
Daytime and evening availability.
Types of client