*Video (online via Zoom) & telephone sessions currently available for clients across the UK*
I’m Clare and I am a qualified and fully insured counsellor and psychotherapist. I offer video and telephone sessions to clients across the UK. Due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, I am temporarily unable to offer in person face to face sessions. I am based in Newmillerdam, Wakefield, WF2, easily accessible if you are based in Wakefield, Barnsley, East Huddersfield or South Leeds. You may wish to transfer to face to face sessions, when the Coronavirus restrictions have been lifted.
Are you feeling; overwhelmed & unable to see a way through; alone with no one to share your difficulties with; stressed and 'frazzled' from work; trapped or bored with your current circumstances? Are you struggling after a bereavement or the end of a relationship? Have you experienced a traumatic event or childhood abuse? These are just some scenarios in which counselling can help you understand your current feelings and situation, identifying how you would like to be & if there are any patterns getting in the way.
The Coronavirus itself or resulting restrictions may be having a detrimental impact on your mental health and/or relationships, exacerbating current problems or creating new ones. You may be working within the NHS, experiencing a high level of stress as a result of Coronavirus, feeling exhausted and overwhelmed. You may have experienced a bereavement due to Coronavirus. Perhaps you are experiencing a high level of anxiety and fear, feeling overwhelmed and/or very low, in reaction to the current situation. The relationships with the people you are living with may be under strain. The lack of structure and routine may be impacting on your well-being. You may live alone and be struggling with social isolation.
I use a range of theories and techniques adapting the way I work to your needs. You may find just having a safe space to focus on you is healing in itself. We may choose some additional ways to work together such as exploring the impact of past relationships or using specific techniques and activities. I provide a safe, confidential and supportive space where we can explore your difficulties and work towards helping you see a way forward.
I understand that taking the first step to access therapy can feel nerve wracking so please feel free to contact me via email, text or phone for further information and to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
For further information, please take a look at my website.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and have a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy (distinction) from Leeds Beckett University. I am also a qualified Occupational Therapist and have a Master's Degree in Dementia Studies.
Mental Health Before training to become a counsellor and psychotherapist I worked in the NHS in mental health, predominantly working with older people. I have experience supporting people diagnosed with anxiety and depression in private practice and in the NHS.
Bereavement I am experienced in supporting people following a bereavement, whether that be a recent bereavement or a bereavement that happened years ago. I volunteer for Cruse Bereavement in Leeds who offer bereavement support to a range of clients and previously worked for them. I provide freelance bereavement training for Leeds Bereavement Forum and Cruse Bereavement Care. I have a special interest in making bereavement support accessible for people with learning disabilities.
Abuse and Sexual Violence I provide counselling for two charities specialising in supporting people following experiences of sexual violence. I have a special interest in supporting both men and women who have experienced sexual abuse in childhood.
Disability I have additional experience supporting clients with fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), chronic pain, MS, dementia, and learning disabilities. As an occupational therapist I have worked with people with a range of disabilities for many years.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees are £45 for a 50 minute session. The first session may take longer but there will be no charge for any additional time spent during this first session.
I can offer a fee reduction for staff working in the NHS working with the Coronavirus and under high levels of stress as a result. Please ask for further details.