Claire Parker BSc (Hons) Psychology, Dip. Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP
Hello my name is Claire
If you are reading this then you have already taken a huge step in seeking help and support.
Life can be demanding at times and relationships complex. You may be feeling overwhelmed by life's stressors and suffering with anxiety or depression as a result. Or you may feel a sense of confusion as you struggle to make sense of current or past experiences and relationships.
I know from personal experience that counselling can feel like a daunting prospect yet it is also a unique opportunity to focus on what’s important for you. To be listened to and heard, maybe for the first time, can be a truly validating experience and can give you the strength to face your difficulties within a caring and compassionate relationship.
Whether you have experienced loss or you are feeling anxious, depressed, angry or completely lost, please know that there is help and you can find a way to ease the pain of what you are experiencing.
I aim to offer you a space where you can explore your experiences in a safe non-judgemental atmosphere. Where you can begin to understand how your past experiences have led to behaviour patterns and beliefs that continue to hold you back or cause you distress. Together, we can work to help you reconnect with yourself and with others. To develop your strength, vitality and sense of purpose in order that you can begin to make the changes you want in your life. I work in an Integrative style that draws on a number of theories. But most importantly I work in a relaxed style that puts you at the centre of our work together.
If you feel that talking to someone who won’t judge you and who is trained to work with you through your problems and feelings in a confidential setting would be of help, then please get in touch and I will be happy to discuss your requirements and set up an initial meeting if that is what you want.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor currently working with adults in a counselling agency in Walsall as well as in private practice.
I have experience working as an agency counsellor with 11-25 year olds within a young persons counselling centre.
Prior to that I worked for Sandwell NHS as a placement counsellor working with adults experiencing a wide range of mental health difficulties
- BSc (Hons) Psychology
- Level 4 Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Counselling Skills
- Working with dreams
- Certificate in Relational integrative Psychotherapy
- Working with trauma
- Working with bereaved clients
- Understanding Safeguarding
- Couples Counselling
- Solution Focussed Brief Therapy
- Schizophrenia Awareness
- TA101 certificate
- Domestic violence awareness
- Stalking & Harassment
- Working with addiction
- Working with Identity and self-esteem in young people
- Understanding self-harm
- Working with people in the LGBT community
- The emotional legacy of childhood abuse
- Attachment and its therapeutic Implications
- Introduction to CBT for depression and anxiety
As a registered member of the BACP I adhere to their code of ethics and have regular professional clinical supervision.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Availability and Fees:
I offer a range of daytime and evening appointments, please phone for details.
Sessions cost from 45.00 for individuals and £65.00 for couples, sessions last for 50 mins. I offer a free initial phone consultation with you to see how I may be of help. Session fees are payable in advance of any online or telephone sessions booked.
I offer face to face Counselling in Cannock within easy reach of Lichfield, Stafford, Rugeley and surrounding areas.
During our first session I will gather some initial details and we can discuss how we might best work together, what difficulties you wish to work on, and discuss any queries you may have.
Following our initial session there is absolutely no obligation to return, as we may decide we are not suited to each other and it is important you find a therapist you feel comfortable with in order to benefit from the sessions. If you do decide to continue we can discuss our ‘contract’ – for how we will work together.