I'm Claire, currently offering my counselling sessions via Zoom, phone, or face to face (if we are local to each other and Covid allows).
We're living in difficult times at the moment and many of the clients I see report feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, a lack of self confidence and for some, anger. "I just want to feel get my mojo back" as one client said.
I offer a non judgemental space (probably remotely, given Covid) where you can talk honestly and openly about anything that is bothering you. It could be because of something that has happened recently, or way back in the past: it really doesn't matter. and I won't judge you.
Over the course of anything from just one or two sessions to more, working together we will seek ways of reaching a point where you have the confidence to continue on your own
You will be OK.
It takes courage to get started, but I promise to be alongside you every step of the way, not judging you, and not budging until you want me too. Everything is kept confidential. I also practice strictly ethically, in adherence with BACP guidelines and am underpinned by insurance and supervision.
Take that final step and text or call me, I really look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MBACP (Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- Member of the Private Practice Group within the BACP
- Key counselling training: post graduate diploma in Counselling from University of Bristol 2012, (an integrative course) which included additional training in areas such as Systems, Gestalt, Psychodynamics, and CBT
- Currently volunteer with MIND Hereford
- Volunteer Cruse Bereavement counsellor
- Breathworks Mindfulness training (first stage)
- BA (Hons) from Kings College London
- AKC (Associate of Kings College)
- Post graduate diploma in business and management studies (Bristol Polytechnic, as it was then) and Post graduate diploma in Counselling (Bristol University).
I came to counselling and Mindfulness practice after a 30 year career in market research, involving conducting literally thousands of focus groups and face to face interviews finding out what people wanted, and how they felt about everything from shaving to mobile phones and beer, schools and the education system.
The best thing about these 30 years was having the privilege to enter people's lives and have extended face to face conversations with them. As well learning a huge amount about them, it gave me strong listening skills and an easy approachability which I believe serve me well in the counselling room.
I have not yet talked to thousands of counselling clients, (and nor will I ever talk to this many!) but I hope that for those to whom I do speak, our conversations will result in their lives being truly enhanced in some way - in ways that really count.
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
Anxiety, stress, anger and sadness are all are as within which I work, but something which is often associated with these is LOSS, which is a particular area of interest, experience and specialism of mine. By LOSS I mean it in very broad terms, so it could be bereavement, or it could be loss of job, status, financial status, home, country, partner/friend, family, or health/disability (with personal experience to underpin many of these). Your own experiences are unique to you, but not to humankind!
An initial 30 minute phone conversation is suggested for which no charge is made.
After this, my standard charge is £45 per 50/60 minute session.
Some discounted rates are available including the option to join a waiting list.