Hi, my name is Clare and thank you for viewing my profile.
Whatever the problem or challenges you may have, I offer a non-judgmental space for you to explore, in your own time, who you are without any conditions placed upon you. What you can expect from me is a safe place to tell your story and most importantly, to be heard.
I offer a mixture of approaches, tailored to each client but always come back to my core foundation of being person-centered and wanting to know how life is experienced by you as an individual. We all experience things in our own way and there is no right or wrong. We all need to try and make sense of our experiences and reality, which can be hard to do on our own.
Why have counselling? Who would benefit from it?
I'd like to help you if you need support or someone to talk to, or to guide you through a particular problem you're having or a specific situation. Over longer term therapy you may wish to become more aware of how you relate to yourself and others or explore more deep rooted issues. You may have been bereaved, experienced trauma or abuse, depression or anxiety. You perhaps are having relationship troubles or are worried about a loved one. You might be struggling with the challenges of being a carer or dealing with having long term health problems yourself. You might feel you're using coping strategies that aren't useful for you anymore such as misusing alcohol or drugs. Or you may just be struggling to cope with day to day pressures. Whatever your pain, whatever your fears are...they are welcomed to be shared with me.
What would happen in our first session?
I appreciate the anxiety you may have, especially if you are new to therapy. If after my free 15 minute phone consultation you wish to continue, we would book a time and date for our first session. We would talk about whatever you chose to talk about - the 60 minutes are yours but we may discuss a particular thing that is troubling you or that you want to focus on. in that hour, we would agree together what works best for us both, and know that this has the option of being adjusted if needed over our time together. I understand making that first step - if by email or picking up the phone can be daunting. Any other questions or worries, please don't hesitate to contact me beforehand and hopefully I can answer any questions you may have and relieve some of your concerns and anxiety.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the BACP and qualified with a Level 4 Therapeutic Counselling Diploma.
I have done lots of additional training and have been volunteering with the NHS through their Recovery College where I co-facilitate psycho-educational and skills based courses. I work with a lot of people with (or symptoms of) personality disorders and who have experienced PTSD or complex trauma. I have co-facilitated courses on adult autism and ADHD, Suicide Prevention and Awareness, Moving on from Self-Harm and Understanding Depression and Anxiety.
I have also worked closely with the LGBTQ+ community and with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) clients and have a particular interest and experience in working with neuro-diverse clients also.
I completed most of my counselling training with the charity "Women in Prison" offering counselling to women who had a link to the criminal justice system. This was working mainly with developmental trauma, domestic violence, addiction and attachment issues.
I also worked closely with adolescents and continue to develop my training - I am currently studying the Level 5 Diploma in counselling children and young people (11-18) so would welcome clients within this age range as well.
I have previously worked with the Charity "Mind" and within the NHS as part of their Mental Health Integrated Community Service, offering mental health support for people in primary care. Although I work with a lot of people who have "been through the mental health system" and may have been given a diagnosis or have been "treated", I don't see people as labels, but in a holistic and individual manner. I am also aware of the issues around prescribed psychiatric drug dependence and withdrawal and have specialist training in this area.
I now work with the charity "Homestart" offering psychological support for parents and working with their young children.
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
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also enjoy working creatively and have a range of play therapy items, art supplies and instruments as I find working non-verbally can be as equally therapeutic.
£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
I am currently offering face to face appointments or telephone/online sessions.
My fees are £45 for a full hour (60 minutes.) I do also offer the option of fortnightly appointments which are 75 minutes long for £60 - but subject to availability.
I believe that therapy shouldn't be a luxury and should be available to all who need it and hope to make counselling easier for people to access. I am willing to negotiate fees however, for those who feel this is still not affordable for them, or for counselling students undertaking their required therapy hours.
I now have the option of working from a fully accessible room in Farnborough offering face to face appointments. Please note that I have had my 2nd Covid-19 vaccination and am currently doing lateral flow tests twice a week. Between each visit all relevant surfaces will be disinfected also.
Please feel free to email me or text with any questions you may have or to arrange a time to speak on the phone. Unfortunately, I can't offer appointments after 6pm or weekends.
I appreciate selecting a therapist can be overwhelming and sometimes hard to know exactly what you're seeking. I'm more than happy to offer a free 15 minute consultation to see if you would be happy to work with me. I understand the fear of being vulnerable with a stranger and the courage it takes to make that first step. The importance of finding the right therapeutic fit is integral to the work.
Even if I'm not the right person for you, please know that there will be someone who you will connect with and hold onto the hope that the right help is there for everyone, even you.