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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126 Shirley Street
East Sussex

01273 917732 / 07947 073298

About me

Welcome to my site.  I am an integrative counsellor & coach based in Brighton and Hove with a passion for promoting change to increase overall well-being and happiness.

I offer general counselling for problems such as anxiety or low mood and to couples experiencing relationship issues.  I also offer support to people in recovery from drug, alcohol and gambling addictions and specialised treatment for people with eating disorders or obesity. Sessions can be individual or in couples or groups.

Previous clients have said they.....

  • have felt some "relief" just from talking without feeling any sense of judgement
  • were surprised to realise how lifestyle & dietary factors can affect mood
  • have found new habits & small changes in mindset have boosted confidence & a sense of "can do"
  • 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 or to speak on the phone or to send me an email, then this is possible. 

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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Photos & videos

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


(i) Individual Counselling Sessions: £55

(ii) Eating Disorder Treatment £60

(ii) Couples Counselling: £70

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

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