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
  • Certificate in Working with Couples
  • 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

  • Certificate in Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders
  • Master Practitioner Eating Disorders

  • Level 2 EFT Practitioner (Emotional Freedom Technique also known as Tapping), trauma treatment

  • Registered Accredited Member of BACP & NCFED (National Centre for Eating Disorders) Graduate Member of BPS (British Psychological Society)

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

        Individual appointments are approximately 50 minutes and couples sessions an hour. 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


        Accessibility information
        Wheelchair access: Unspecified


        Weekdays 7am - 9pm for therapy or supervision

        Types of client

        Young people
        Older adults
        Employee Assistance Programme

        Supervision & training

        Supervision available