Clare Burholt MBACP (Accred) Dip.Couns
From my comfortable, private room in Worthing I offer short and long term counselling to people aged 11 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 20 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).
I am fully insured and have recently passed (January 2021) an 'Enhanced' check by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
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
- Accredited 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
- DBS checked (Enhanced)
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 young adults aged between 11-18. Other settings I have worked as a counsellor in include a sixth form college, a drug and alcohol agency and a community service. I am wholeheartedly committed to helping people from all backgrounds to fulfil their potential.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Concessions offered for
- £25: 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.
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays
There is plenty of free parking available at the Broadwater Parish Centre and it is also located on a bus route with many regular buses.
There is a waiting room just inside the entrance hall where you can sit until I come and meet you for your appointment. Toilets are also located here.