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“We all need space; unless we have it we cannot reach that sense of quiet in which whispers of better things come to us gently” (Octavia Hill)
Hello, I’m Claire. You might have found your way here because you are looking for someone to talk to about the things in life that are bothering you. Someone else; a family member, a teacher, a friend or maybe your Doctor might have suggested finding a counsellor. Choosing the right person to work with might feel daunting so let me tell you a little bit about me and how I work.
I’m a BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist based in Tunbridge Wells. I’m a Registered and Accredited Member of the BACP. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to young people and adults.
I trained in a branch of psychotherapy called Transactional Analysis, however I work in an integrative way, building relationships with clients to find the best way to work with each individual. I enjoy using creative interventions in sessions to help our work.
I have undertaken additional specialist training and have experience supporting issues related to gender identity.
Training, qualifications & experience
Over the years I have worked with clients who are experiencing or suffering from a wide range of difficulties including: depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, family breakdown, anger, anxiety, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, low self-confidence, relationship issues, abuse, disability, trauma and loss.
I'm able to support a broad range of difficulties and specialise in working with Neurodiversity including ASD, ADHD and Tourette’s and Gender and Sexual Identity in young people.
Sometimes it’s not just about talking about things, the words can feel too hard to find sometimes. In those times, I enjoy working creatively with clients to allow them to express their feelings and thoughts through sand play, art and creative exercises. Often that allows people to be able to find the words.
For a number of years I have worked in local secondary schools as a school counsellor so I have lots of experience working with the 11 to 18 age range, both in mainstream and SEN settings. I’ve also worked as a counsellor in a day centre for people with acquired brain injury, be that brought about through accident or ill health.
I hold the following qualifications related to counselling:
2022 – TQUK - Level 2 Certificate in Understanding Autism (RQF)
2020-2021 Creative Counsellors Fellowship training pathway
2019 – Gendered Intelligence – Certificate in working alongside Trans, Gender Diverse and Questioning People
2018 Certificate in Drawing and Talking
The Link Centre Diploma in Counselling – specialising in Transactional Analysis (2014)
The Link Centre Certificate in Counselling Skills (Advanced) (2012)
Wealden Psychology Institute – Foundation Certificate in Transactional Analysis (2010)
Institute of Transactional Analysis – TA101(2009)
Wealden Psychology Institute – Certificate in Counselling Skills (2009)
ADR Group - Accredited Workplace Mediator (2009)
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BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
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Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£55.00 per session
When I work