Claire Sainsbury

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Available for new clients
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Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 3WG
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Welcome to my page. I am based in Hove near Brighton and whatever problem is leading you to look for help, it’s important to know that “talking” with a professional listener, can be an effective way to start feeling better, as well as helping you to explore potential solutions. I offer online and telephone counselling if these options are more suitable to you than face to face.

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 specialist treatment for eating disorders and drug, alcohol and gambling addictions.  I am an integrative practitioner and incorporate EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) into my approach, primarily to treat trauma and intense emotional experiences.  I am also a counselling tutor for DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) and where relevant offer skills training within therapy sessions to help promote personal development and growth.

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.

I have face to face and online appointments Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday  and I work with adults, couples and 12-18yr olds.

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

Gambling, Alcohol & Drugs


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

LOSS: Death, Divorce, Redundancy & Financial

Personality, Developmental or Mood Disorders: Bipolar, BPD, OCD, Autism, ADHD

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

Frightening & Disturbing Experience

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

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£85.00 - £97.00

Additional information

(i) Individual Counselling Sessions: £85

(ii) Couples Counselling: £100

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

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 10am - 9pm for therapy sessions

Published articles

126 Shirley Street, Hove, Brighton, East Sussex, BN3 3WG

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme


In person

Supervision available.

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