Clare Burholt MBACP Dip.Couns

Clare Burholt MBACP Dip.Couns

West Sussex

07983 616144

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West Sussex

07983 616144

About me

From my comfortable, private room in Worthing I offer short and long term counselling to people aged 16 and over, who wish to explore their concerns and feelings within a warm, accepting and confidential space. I work with whatever material clients wish to bring me; however common presenting problems include: depression, anxiety, bereavement, stress, trauma, panic attacks, relationship difficulties and addiction. I am particularly experienced in working with alcohol and drug abuse, having worked in the field of addiction for over 15 years. I can help individuals to discover their own effective ways of working with this issue, and I am committed to ensuring that harm minimisation is at the core of my approach (ie the therapeutic goal will not necessarily be abstinence if that seems to be unsafe, unrealistic or inappropriate at the time).

The theory underpinning my approach to human growth and change is Integrative. The Integrative model brings together various elements from several specific psychotherapies including Person-centred (Humanistic), Cognitive-Behavioural (CBT) and Psychodynamic approaches. Based on the belief that human psychology can be explored and understood in many different ways, Integrative counselling is tailored to each individual’s expressed needs and circumstances. All clients will receive from me the ‘Core Conditions’ of the humanistic approach: empathy, unconditional acceptance and authenticity; creating a safe, trusting relationship is a central part of the therapy. Additionally I may suggest some more directive techniques, if appropriate and acceptable to the individual, for example keeping a record of thoughts and feelings outside of sessions in order to help identify behavioural patterns, triggers etc, and practising Mindfulness, amongst other techniques, to help lower distress levels and control anxiety and other intrusive thoughts. For other clients, more creative methods such as guided visualisation and sand tray therapy may be worth exploring together, if, and only if, the individual feels comfortable doing so. These techniques can be helpful in enabling people to explore things which may be difficult to express verbally, as well as offering the possibility of new perspectives and even solutions.

Overall I aim to safely facilitate individuals’ self-exploration by working alongside them, integrating their preferred therapeutic methods and guiding the whole process at the client's pace. I also focus on helping client's to find their own ways of building helpful new insights and/or therapeutic 'tools' into their daily lives in order to not only improve their emotional well-being but to sustain this improvement once the therapy has ended.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy
Certificate in Counselling Skills

BA (Hons) Sociology
Short training courses completed in many other relevant areas including Bereavement Awareness, Working with Trauma, Understanding Self Injury, Mental Health Awareness, Working with Inner Conflict, LGBT Awareness, Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST), Novel Psychoactive Substances and more.

In addition to my private work I am a part-time counsellor for two local charities; an organisation providing support and accommodation to homeless or inadequately housed adults and a counselling service for those who otherwise could not afford it. Other settings I have worked as a counsellor in include a sixth form college and a drug and alcohol agency. I am wholeheartedly committed to helping people from all backgrounds to fulfill their potential.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership

Photos & videos

  • Alan Fletcher Hall and carpark
  • My counselling room


  • £20: initial session (approx. 30 minutes)
  • £45: further sessions (50 minutes)
  • Possibility of reduced rates for student/trainee counsellors and those in receipt of benefits or on low income.

Further information

There is plenty of free parking available at Offington Park; this can only be accessed via Broomfield Avenue, there is no vehicular access from South Farm Road.

There is a waiting room just inside the entrance to the Alan Fletcher Hall where I will meet you for your appointment. Toilets are also located here. Please note that there is no access to Listening Ears Counselling Service via the church.

Maps & Directions

Worthing, BN14

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Monday, Thursday and Friday 9.00 - 6.00

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme