Claire Scott

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PGDip Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counsellor - MBACP
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Hove, East Sussex, BN3
Available for new clients
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About me

In-person counselling in Hove and also Online therapy

For potential clients, looking through this directory must feel a bit overwhelming - there are so many of us on here and it can be hard to distinguish one from another.

Don't give up - keep looking. Eventually, something will resonate in the pictures or text on a profile. You may not really know why. Take a look at websites too. It is useful to talk to more than one person to get a feel for them and have something to compare. 

I'm Claire and I offer supportive, empathic, friendly and confidential counselling and psychotherapy in Hove, East Sussex and I have over 12 years of experience working as a counsellor and psychotherapist with adults and also with teenagers and young people.

I’m passionate about my work as a therapist as well as the long term benefits of talk therapy and I am committed to making a difference to my clients' lives.

My approach isn't rigid - it focuses on you and your specific needs and is therefore flexible and adaptable according to what you bring to the therapy. 

The relationship between the client and therapist is the key to progress and making the changes you wish to make. I know first hand how daunting it can feel when you're first looking for the 'right' therapist for you. We can have a short chat on the phone to allow you to ask any questions you may have prior to making an appointment if that helps ease the process. 

Why you might feel you need help

Sometimes we just might not feel right and be unsure why this is. Mood could be low,  with little or no joy in day to day life. This can affect self-confidence and self-esteem and might then cause problems with work or feeling anxious when in social situations.
For some people, this low mood may have been experienced for a long time, perhaps even years. In others it can come on suddenly - seemingly without a cause. Sometimes this can be as a result of focussing on others’ needs (e.g. children, partner, parents) and can cause you to neglect your own life as a result.

You might feel lonely  - it can be difficult to be alone, but also hard to be around people when feeling sad and perhaps feeling like there is nothing to offer socially. This can sometimes impact self-esteem and cause negative thoughts about who you are and what you have to offer.

Conversely, you might also be aware of what your feeling is and why you are feeling it. For example, experiencing feeling guilt because anger issues are causing pain and problems with relationships. Perhaps you need help with understanding why you have difficulties communicating your feelings without getting angry. 

You might also feel fear that your relationship will end and what that might mean for you. These kinds of feelings can feel too much on your own and it is very helpful to talk it through with another person.

If you are feeling anything like the above, I encourage you to seek support. Talking therapy can help you gain a better understanding of how you are feeling, why it might be happening and what you can do to help yourself.

I often hear people say something like "I pushed down the feelings and forced on a happy face" or "I just got on with it". This might have worked satisfactorily until the person had some sort of breaking point or personal crisis that brought them to therapy. Whilst it is sometimes good to have that moment of realisation in life; avoiding seeking support can make you feel worse in the long term.

Continuing on despite feeling very low and possibly depressed can cause further problems. As well as negatively impacting our mental health, our physical health can be affected. For example, insomnia, fatigue, headaches, body aches and sexual dysfunctions can be a result of long term depression or low mood. 

Counselling and psychotherapy works in a way to help you to find the way to understand your past experiences and your current situation. The goals of psychodynamic therapy are improved self-awareness and an understanding of the influence of the past on present behaviour and experiences. This is a relational approach and allows you to observe patterns of behaviour  (your own or of other people in your life), that could be affecting your relationships and well-being. 


Whilst my experience is broad and I take on clients who are experiencing a wide range of issues; for example social anxiety, trauma related issues and relationship worries (to name only three), I do also specialise in a few focussed areas as well.

These specialisms tend to come from my own personal experience or professional interest and I have extensively researched and attended further training to gain particular expertise and understanding of the issues that might arise to help when supporting particular clients.


I have wide professional experience in supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in relationships or with other personal issues. Also with those who are exploring their sexual and gender identity. I also have my own personal identity and history to add to my experience. My approach is inclusive, affirming and sex positive. Do get in touch if you are facing any concerns that you are finding challenging.


The menopause can be a particularly challenging time in a women’s life. Although it is now beginning to be discussed on the media, women often feel totally unprepared and this can leave women feeling isolated and confused about their symptoms and the feelings associated with the changes happening to them. Sometimes it can feel like it is adding to our daily stress and load and family members may not understand what you are going through. You're not alone - if you feel you’d appreciate talking about the impact the menopause has on your life, get in touch.

Ethical Non-monogamous Relationships

Are you in a non-monogamous relationship and wish to discuss aspects of it?
Perhaps you are considering moving to being non-monogamous and want to do it consciously and ethically.
It is important to understand what the different types of relationships could look like and how this might affect your current or future relationship. Issues around jealousy, time, fairness, trust and connection can arise.
I work with individuals within polyamorous and open relationships, sometimes difficulties can occur in these relationships just as in monogamous relationships. No two relationships are alike and I will hold a very safe place for you to explore what feels right for you, without bias or judgment. 

Fertility Issues

Trying to conceive isn't easy for all women. If this progresses to pursuing fertility treatment, it can feel like the process takes over your life and it can take a long time. It can feel like a desperately lonely time as often people don't share what they are undertaking with friends or family. 
Sometimes difficult decisions have to be made which can make the situation more stressful.
If you feel you would like to talk to someone who has both personal and professional experience of certain aspects of the fertility process, please get in touch via my website or through this profile. (link at the top of this profile).

I see clients in a comfortable, quiet, and confidential therapy room in Hove.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified as a therapist with a Postgraduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling at Brighton University in 2012. 

I've added to my training with a shorter course -  Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and a Certificate in Couple Counselling, both of which added a lot to my knowledge and understanding and allow me to offer more specialised therapy to my clients. 

I've attended numerous other shorter courses on a variety of subjects, including trauma, online therapy and anxiety. I feel it's terribly important to keep up to date with current research and training.

Before training as a therapist, I was a teacher and education advisor and have a BEd (Hons) Primary Education.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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

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£55.00 - £70.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Health Assured

Additional information

I hold a number of concessionary places for clients, but these are limited and there will likely be a waiting list.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Further information

My therapy room is comfortable and private and situated in West Hove. There are really easy transport links and there is parking is available on the street. 

Online Therapy

I also offer online therapy using Zoom for those who cannot attend in person or for those who choose not to. 

Benefits of online therapy:

You can access therapy sessions from your own home at a time that suits you.
Therapy can be at a time, place and pace that suits you and your lifestyle. It is convenient for people with busy lives or for those looking after children or caring for family members and as effective as face to face therapy.

Secure encrypted software offers confidentiality and peace of mind.

Take a look at my website - for further information about how I work.

I look forward to welcoming you.

Hove, East Sussex, BN3

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

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Claire Scott
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