Claire King BA MBACP. Counselling for adults and couples
I am trained to listen, to help you understand and learn to accept yourself and to find ways to improve your life.
I work from private counselling rooms (with free parking) in Cheltenham.
I work with individuals and couples and also offer supervision.
What to expect:
During our first meeting we will discuss the counselling contract (confidentiality, times, fees etc...) and you can ask any questions you might have. I will also ask you about what has brought you to counselling and what you hope to achieve. I will also be interested in hearing about your life at the moment as well as your past. I will not push you to tell me more than you are comfortable to share. We will be beginning to get to know each other and to see what you want to work on. We can work short term on a particular issue or longer term on more deep rooted concerns, whatever feels right to you.
With couples I tend to work in a more solution-focused way.
In the first and subsequent sessions I will ask for your feedback - I won't always get it right and i aim to create a space for you to be able to say exactly what you think and feel and know that it is ok.
I am trained in humanistic and psychodynamic therapies and also use aspects of CBT and mindfulness, which can be extremely helpful when dealing with anxiety. I am also a qualified EFT practitioner.
I am also undertaking further postgraduate training in integrative psychotherapy.
I am interested in creative ways of working, including writing, drawing, using images, poetry, stones etc... Some people find these methods helpful when words are difficult or not enough.
*I work from home and have a cat and a dog - they are not in the therapy room but if you are allergic or don't like yellow labrador hairs I might not be the therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified and experienced integrative counsellor.
BA Integrative Counselling
FdA Therapeutic Counselling
Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
BSc Health and Social Care
I also undertake regular CPD workshops and training courses to keep my work up to date and relevant.
I am a registered member of the BACP (MBACP) and my work is guided by their ethical code as well as a trainee psychotherapist member of UKCP and UPCA.
I am insured to provide counselling both in an organisational setting and in private practice.
I have provided both short term and long term counselling in a number of settings including a local bereavement charity, a general counselling organisation, Let's Talk, which is the local NHS counselling provision, and the MS Society as well as in private practice.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
All 1-1 sessions are 50 minutes and usually weekly, although there is some flexibility, for example for shift workers or parents during half term.
I offer a FREE 15 minute telephone assessment - to give you the chance to ask any questions and see if you want to work with me.
Some concessions and student rates available.
Weekly fees payable by Bank Transfer or cash on the day.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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The premises is wheelchair accessible - as long as the wheelchair isn't too big - it is quite a tight turn into the counselling room.
Daytimes with some early evening appointments (6.15 latest appointment). Please text, email or phone me to discuss availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training
Supervision £40 an hour .View supervision profile