Clare Gale | Counselling for Mums | SEN parents | Carers | NCS Accred
Are you feeling anxious and overwhelmed? Do you feel like you are on an emotional rollercoaster and at risk of burnout? I specialise in offering compassionate counselling for Mums, parents who have children with additional needs, and people who are caring for others.
If you are feeling like you have lost yourself in the mix of all your responsibilities for others, you are in the right place. My aim is to provide the space to gently explore your difficulties with you. We can work together to develop some practical tools for helping to navigate the highs and lows, and find insight into how you can ultimately feel more fulfilled.
I work on Zoom for people who live anywhere in the UK, or locally face to face in Totnes, Devon. No longer are we limited by geography, and it is possible to choose a counsellor who specialises in your situation. You can get a better sense of me on my website www.revibe-counselling.co.uk or read this brief summary of how I could help you.
How I can help you
My aim is to meet you wherever you are in your life right now. Never underestimate the benefits of being truly listened to and heard, by someone who ‘gets it’.
It might be that you need to have someone to offload to, or want help with managing anxiety, grief, depression, sadness or feelings of being overwhelmed. You may be struggling with juggling all the roles you find yourself in, and are looking for support to avoid burnout.
Perhaps you are looking to rediscover yourself, and want to take time to process where you are now, and what changes you might like to make in your life. In short, you might need to put yourself back in the picture.
I have a son with complex medical needs, so I am also personally on the path of navigating my way through life as a Mum and Carer. I know how tough it can be.
Having worked as a Counsellor for Counselling for Carers and Totnes Carers Counselling, I have developed experience in the challenges that often face Carers. I am also a Director of Mums4aChange where I help to run ‘Time for You’ groups to support Mums who have children with additional needs.
My Counselling Approach
Coming for Counselling can be daunting, as for many of us it is a new experience. My aim is to offer the space for you to say what needs to be said, in a supportive, compassionate, confidential and non-judgmental way. I am also not afraid to gently challenge and nudge you, if that feels appropriate, and I like to provide tools for you to use to manage your mental health better.
If you are unsure of where to start or what to say, don't worry. I find that it all has a way of being said when it needs to be, and we can go at your pace.
I use an ‘Integrative Counselling’ approach, which means I can be flexible and tailor the kind of Counselling to best suit your needs. We might used some CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) tenchiques to challenge your natural thought patterns, or get creative if you like working in that way.
You might be looking for tools to manage anxiety. We could look at mindfulness techniques, calming breathing or journalling to help keep you grounded.
Some clients like to work creatively, for example, we might work with imagery, letter writing, poetry, sand play or objects to explore relationship dynamics and to get a deeper understanding of yourself. Being creative can activate a different part of the brain, to help you to process your emotions.
No matter what your constraints might be, in your role as a parent or carer, we will gently look for new ways you can support yourself and shine.
Get in touch
I appreciate that it can be daunting to make the first contact with a Counsellor. How will you know you can trust them and if they are a good fit for you? After you have got in touch with me we will arrange a free 10-minute introductory phone or zoom call, so you can check me out a bit more.
I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma In Counselling NCS Accredited Level 4 at Heartwood Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy in Dartington, Devon.
- Director at Mums4aChange Community Interest Company, where I help to run ‘Time for You’ groups to support Mums who have children with additional needs.
- Volunteer Counsellor at Totnes Carers Counselling
- Volunteer Counsellor at Counselling for Carers
- Online and Telephone Counselling extended course (Counselling Tutor, NCS recognised)
- Regular additional training courses, including grief and loss, grounding, mindfulness, trauma, creative writing for therapeutic process
Registered / Accredited
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National Counselling Society
The National Counselling Society
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In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional Support around Organ Transplant
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
£45 for a 1-hour session (face to face in Totnes or I can work with anyone in the UK online on Zoom)
Free introductory phone or zoom call
My regular working hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am to 3.30pm. Early evening appointments available by request. Face-to-face appointments will be starting again in June.
A bit more about me
I have a son with complex medical needs, so I am also personally on the path of navigating my way through life as a Mum and Carer. My son had a Liver Transplant at a young age, and one area of work that I now specialise in is Counselling for people who are going through the experience of having an Organ Transplant. I work with either the transplant recipient themselves or supporting a family member through the process.
Before family life and becoming a Counsellor I enjoyed a vibrant career in Marketing both in London and in Devon. I am now based in Totnes, in Devon, but I work with people from all over the UK.