Claire Smith MBACP, DipHE Psychodynamic Counselling
Hello and welcome. My name is Claire and I am a qualified Psychodynamic Counsellor who is fully insured and a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I specialise in helping clients identify better ways of coping in areas of their lives which they may be finding difficult.
There are various different reasons why someone may be considering counselling, these could include a personal crisis or a major change in your life, some form of loss or separation, or maybe family or relationship issues are leaving you feeling low. Through counselling we can explore difficult feelings and work through any concerns and anxieties that you may have. I work privately at the Manor Drive Medical Centre Worcester Park where we offer excellent facilities which enable us to work confidentially in a safe and secure environment.
This is certainly a difficult time. Lockdown can be stressful for many different reasons and the threat of coronavirus can fuel high levels of anxiety.
The future feels uncertain and this is an uncomfortable and unsettling situation for most people.
Enforced lockdown can create relationship difficulties for many couples, families and children, add to that financial worries, increased loneliness, stress and higher levels of anxiety, this can lead to overwhelming feelings and emotions.
Change can sometimes be difficult and adapting to a new way of life is not always easy.
Whether you are home alone and feeling isolated or living with others but feeling trapped it is important to look after your emotional wellbeing as well as your physical health.
Depression, physical health concerns and previous mental health conditions can be difficult to manage so it is so important that we keep talking and managing our feelings even more so at this testing time.
How can counselling help during a pandemic?
• Helping you to manage difficult thoughts
• Dealing with loss, loss of your normal life, loss of contact with friends and family
• Job change
• Help with managing relationship issues and difficulties
• Help dealing with isolation
• Help with managing a routine
• Dealing with isolation and loneliness
• Learning how to manage increased anxiety
• Help with loving with depression
• Help with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and reducing intrusive thoughts
• Understanding and managing angry feelings
• Working with stress
• Help with processing and understanding bereavement.
Although we may not be able to do anything about the outbreak itself, we can certainly learn how to regulate our emotions while looking at all the surrounding issues, worries and fears and together we can navigate our way through so that life can feel more acceptable and enjoyable.
Costs of therapy
Face to face session 50 mins £50
Online session 50 minutes £50
Online sessions via Zoom, Skype, WhatsApp or Facetime available.
Training, qualifications & experience
My previous experience includes working for various professional counselling agencies as well as working within the NHS and the Samaritans. I currently work at Sutton Counselling Agency as well as The Manor Drive GP Surgery.
Diploma Psychodynamic Counselling
Certificate in Counselling Level 3
Certificate in Counselling Level 2
Diploma Health Sciences
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I work with adults on a one to one basis and my fees are £50 for a 50 minute session.
If counselling is something you feel you may be interested in, I would ask you to meet me for an initial assessment appointment. The cost for a 90 minute assessment appointment is £60. We can then decide together if counselling would be right for you and if you wish to proceed further.