Claire Sainsbury: Brighton and Hove Counselling

Claire Sainsbury: Brighton and Hove Counselling

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126 Shirley Street
East Sussex

01273 917732 / 07947 073298

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About me

Welcome to my page. I am based in Hove near Brighton and whatever problem you are struggling with at the moment, I can help you to feel better through talking as well as exploring potential solutions.

I offer help to individuals with a range of problems such as anxiety or low mood and also to couples experiencing relationship issues.  I offer recovery coaching for drug, alcohol and gambling addictions and specialised treatment for disordered eating including overweight. Where relevant, I involve family members.

Previous clients have said they.....

  • have felt some "relief" just from talking without feeling any sense of judgement
  • found solutions or different approaches to problems through talking and therapist insight
  • were surprised to realise how much lifestyle can influence overall well-being
  • have found small changes can boost self confidence & personal drive
  • felt happier than they did before.

I offer a professional and confidential service and look forward to meeting you if you decide to contact me.  If you would like a free introductory session by phone or in person, I am very happy to arrange this with you.

I have appointments in Hove, East Sussex, Monday to Friday 7am until 9pm and Saturday 9am to midday.  I work with adults, couples and 12-18yr olds.

My practice is easily accessible by bus or train with on-street parking at £1 per hr at location 85543 (pay by phone or ticket machine.)

Outside of East and West Sussex I offer telephone and online counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Psychology Degree
  • Advanced Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling & Therapy
  • Masters Degree in Counselling & Psychotherapy Practice
  • Specialist Training in Substance Misuse and Gambling Addiction
  • Specialist Training in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy to challenge unhelpful "habits" & promote change
  • Specialist Training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy offering skills in Mindfulness, Emotion Regulation, Distress Tolerance & Interpersonal Effectiveness

  • Specialist Training in Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders
  • Diploma in Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders

  • Trauma Treatment through EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) to help release powerful emotional tension associated with past events

  • Registered Accredited Member of BACP & Graduate Member of BPS

Given my therapeutic and personal experience, I believe my strengths lie in the following areas:

ABUSE: Emotional, Physical or Sexual which often creates guilt & shame

Gambling, Alcohol & Drugs with the ongoing challenges of personal recovery

ANGER: Often associated with a lack of assertiveness & being passive

ANXIETY: Specific or Generalised Worry, Panic

Bulimia, Anorexia, Binge/Over-eating & Obesity - specialised treatment according to your particular form of eating disorder

LOSS: Death, Divorce, Redundancy & Financial

PERSONALITY DISORDER: Bipolar, Borderline Personality - difficulty in regulating emotion

Opposite & Same Sex, understanding how to build, repair & end relationships

Frightening & Disturbing Experience

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Areas of counselling I deal with

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        • The Benefit of Counselling in Regulating Emotions
        • The power of patience in addiction recovery
        • Problem Gambling Help and Support


        (i) Individual Counselling Sessions: £60

        (ii) Eating Disorder Treatment £60

        (ii) Couples Counselling: £80

        Appointments are approximately 50 minutes weekly.  The first session may be longer than this as it will involve an assessment.  You are welcome to come and meet me for free for about 20-30 minutes if that would be useful before booking an appointment.

        Maps & Directions

        Brighton, BN3 3WG

        Type of session

        Online counselling: Yes
        Telephone counselling: Yes
        Face to face counselling: Yes
        Home visits: No

        Practical details

        Sign language: Unspecified
        Other languages: None


        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Weekdays 7am - 9pm for therapy or supervision

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme

        Supervision & training

        Supervision available