Claire Walsh - integrated counsellor (accredited MBACP)
I know when I was looking for a counsellor 15 years ago it was incredibly difficult for a few reasons.
1 - I hadn’t realised that there are different types of counsellors that work using different techniques.
2 - that I was allowed to change my counsellor once I had picked them if
they didn’t suit me.
3 - that I needed to like my therapist or at least have a healthy respect for them.
4 - it simply hadn’t occurred to me to check whether they were suitably qualified or to ask how much experience they had, I just assumed instead.
5 - I also didn’t consider how long the counselling should take.
I effectively went in blind and stumbled my way through. Now you might be a bit sharper than I was then and already have this sussed out, but if not, I would like to try and help you have a different experience that doesn’t involve any stumbling in the dark!
Its important you pick the right person and the right type of counsellor for you, so I advise for you to do your research into the different types of counselling techniques, and choose one that best suits you and your issue. After that, browse the choices and trust your instincts on who feels right for you. After all, this person is helping you get your life back on track so it needs to be someone you feel you can trust.
Below is my information about my own practice.
So about me as a person. I am kind and compassionate but also very straight, if you don’t like straight or find it too challenging, then I am probably not the person for you. I am fair, loyal and work extremely hard. I have a natural aptitude for emotional reasoning with a strong empathetic core.
How I work: I work with head and heart pulling on the strengths of both to help create a stronger, more united self. A more united self is more at peace. I also do a lot of inner child work and have had a lot of success with those that have suffered historical abuse. If that is you, please know you are not alone, it is not your fault and help is at hand should you want it. Please just call.
I like to work creatively where appropriate. This is done very gently with things such as imagery work or using books. It doesn’t involve any shakespearian enactments - I promise! I also work looking at all aspects of the self within society and the influence this has had on you. This helps, not only with perspective and clarity but also in stabilizing or creating a firmer foundation to the self structure - helping you to know who you are and encouraging self acceptance. I look at all aspects of the self, the mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. We will work on a deep level to bring about sustainable and sustained positive changes into your life. My focus is always on your long term recovery. I aim to help you find skills for life, not just for a few months.
I thought it might be helpful to hear just a couple of reactions from people who have been through the process with me already, (I have permission to print and have protected their identities);
Claire, I can never thank you enough for your patience, sensitivity and love that you have shown me, because of your thoughtfulness and understanding my life has turned around. (person A)
Claire is kind, gentle and very sensitive to ones needs. She has led me through some difficult sessions with care and reassurance. It has been a wonderful life changing experience. (person B)
I would highly recommend Claire because she has tremendous talent and skill and it would be hard to find anyone better. I was treated with respect, care, empathy, kindness and discretion. I have had previous counselling so I feel I am experienced and knowledgable in knowing what works and what doesn’t and put simply, Claire works. (person C)
These people began their journey just like you.
Call me, and lets get started on yours.
During the coronavirus outbreak, as much as possible I will be offering a full service. You can access this service face 2 face where appropriate and under government guidelines or online through various platforms. Please get in touch for more details.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Experience; I have 10 years of experience working as a counsellor. I am a BACP accredited integrated, person centered counsellor which just means that I use tools and techniques from several different theories. I do this because of my background in learning disability nursing which looks at CBT techniques and behavioural modification techniques. I also did additional learning in TA (transactional analysis) and then my counselling training was in person centered and CBT. I also am trained in couples counselling.
I specialize in helping those that have deep rooted or long standing issues that are unresponsive to more traditional forms of singular therapy such as CBT. As a result I am generally, but not exclusively, a long term therapist, something which is generally not available on the NHS.
I work with adult individuals, couples and/or relationships.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£45 individual sessions
£55 couples counselling
All of the sessions are 60 minutes.