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MBACP Registered Counsellor working with age 11+

About me

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 or expectations placed upon you. I can offer you a safe place to tell your story and most importantly, to be heard.

I offer a mixture of approaches, tailored to each client and want 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?

Counselling offers a chance of feeling safe and connecting with another. This relationship can help repair some of the wounds caused by our earlier relationships with others and offer a different experience. It can take time to feel safe sharing intimate thoughts and feelings which you might not have shared with someone before.  I aim to create a space where you won't feel judged - whatever it is you choose to share with me. 

I can help guide you through a particular problem or a specific situation you might be experiencing. Over longer term therapy you may wish to become more aware of how you relate to yourself and others or explore more deep rooted wounds. You may have been bereaved, experienced trauma or abuse or feel depressed and anxious.  You perhaps are having difficulty in your relationships 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 could be using coping strategies that are no longer helping you anymore and feel stuck. Or you may be struggling to cope with the day to day pressures and how challenging life can sometimes be. Whatever your pain, whatever your fears are...they are welcomed to be shared with me.

What would happen in our first session?

I appreciate there can be sometimes be a lot of anxiety around starting counselling, especially if you are new to therapy. If after my free 15 minute phone or Zoom 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 recap and discuss the "working agreement" I would have already pre-sent via email beforehand and know that this has the option of being adjusted if needed over our time together. I understand making that first step 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 also completed a Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Young People (age 11-18) and am experienced in working with adolescents. 

I have done lots of additional training and have volunteered with the NHS through their Recovery College where I have co-facilitated psycho-educational and skills based courses. These have been on subjects such as Autism and ADHD (and how they present in adults too) and have a lot of experience working with neuro-diverse clients, both with young people and adults. 

In addition, I have helped develop and facilitate courses around Suicide Awareness and Prevention, Understanding Trauma and Managing Intense Emotions.

I work with a lot of people with a diagnosis of a "personality disorder" but choose to use a trauma informed approach instead where rather than asking "what's wrong with you?" I prefer to explore, "what's happened to you?"

I have also worked closely with the LGBTQ+ community and with Gender, Sexuality and Relationship Diverse (GSRD) clients.

I completed my counselling training through 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 abuse, addiction and difficulties with attachment and relationships.

I have previously worked with the Charity "Mind" and within the NHS mental health services.  Although I work with a lot of people who have "been through the system" and may have been given a diagnosis or have been "treated", I don't see people as labels or as being "disordered" , 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 too.

I have worked with the children's charity "Homestart" offering psychological and practical support for parents and caregivers working with children under 11 and the many concerns that can arise with this. This has included supporting people throughout pregnancy and the early stages of being a parent and supporting their mental health through this time as well. 

I now am in private practice working Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 9am-6pm.

Member organisations

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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 and meaningful. 

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Fees

£45.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

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 work from a fully accessible room in Farnborough offering face to face appointments.

Please note that I am adhering to relevant Covid guidelines in order to offer the safest space possible. Please feel free to discuss this further with me if you have any concerns or questions in regard to this.

When I work

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Unfortunately, I can't offer appointments after 6pm or at weekends at this time & I have very limited sessions available. However please feel free to contact me as this is subject to change.

Further information

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.

I will send details and photos of the space beforehand and any information you need or wish to know to help you feel prepared and to ease some of the initial anxiety. 

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.

Farnborough, Hampshire, GU14

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

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Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

I work from a fully accessible room in Farnborough which also has a private accessible toilet as well and parking right outside the front entrance.

Online platforms

Skype
Zoom
Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp