Clare Suart BA, Dip Ed, MBACP
Upper Tulse Hill
I have considerable experience of working positively with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, relationship breakdown, eating disorders and Abuse. These are common issues which need gentle, effective and compassionate understanding, enabling the client to gradually develop a more fulfilling and satisfying life.
I was born here but brought up in Uganda, which has meant that I have an affinity with that continent and its people. I have experienced mental-ill health myself, have had my own children (with teenage difficulties and eating disorders), have taught and run businesses. I am very interested in Art History and Music - particularly opera. I enjoy being outside, am an excellent cook and love my garden!
My Approach to Counselling
I believe that there is no definition of ‘a normal person’, as I believe that we are all unique, as are the pain and difficulties in our lives, so the way forward is also going to be unique. Therefore my aim is to support and assist the individual in finding their own ways to addressing their difficulties so as to live a fuller, more satisfying life. To assist in this I use various 'tools': including Gestalt chair-work, NLP, CBT, Journaling, Bodywork and Visualisation. But I aim to be very gentle as we have defenses for a reason, so they need to be respected and understood, which gradually allows them to dissolve.
The Counselling Process
My usual aim is for a long-term sustainable healing of the individual, not just a short-term alleviation of the symptoms. The Psyche is a self-healing mechanism that usually needs the space of Empathy and Love to rebalance and self-heal. This process may take time and the sustained experience of being 'heard', for the healing to gently and unconsciously penetrate the depths where the roots of the pain and disfunction are often hidden. Rome wasn't built in a day!
'The power of sharing your emotions and ideas with another person makes counselling something that is definitely worth a try. A counselor acts as a neutral support who can help you to find truth and clarity within your own thoughts. In my experience, Clare is one of the best'. (Julia)
'At a time when my world was falling down around me, my weekly sessions with Clare kept me going and were a source of re-energisation. Covering more ground than I had ever considered, Clare is the best psychotherapist I have come across. Combining a wealth of knowledge and experience, Clare is extremely professional. She also has a very human, un-clinical quality about her. She really cares and has genuine kindness in her eyes and soul, but still tells you how it is when necessary. I would not hesitate in recommending her.' (Paul)
'Clare helped me to listen to anxiety in a positive way in order to make constructive changes and find out where I needed to make changes in my life. Her thoughtful, spiritual approach was great and worked wonders'. (Jeremy)
'My sessions with Clare enabled me to accept my illness, not feel so threatened by it, and see that I can still have a positive enjoyable life. I felt able to drop the mask and talk about my perceptions of life and what is. I found I became less vulnerable and more stable and grounded.' (Suzie)
'I came to see Clare when I couldn't get to work and my life was falling apart. Quite quickly I was able to see a way to returning to work and over the next few months found ways of addressing and solving the other issues in my life. I found Clare's encouragement and support invaluable in finding my way forward'. (Maria)
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified counsellor/psychotherapist, trained in Psychosynthesis – an holistic approach to healing based on synthesising our four main aspects: Body, Mind, Emotions and Spirit. This involves using an eclectic mix of techniques and approaches, to explore our different, often conflicting parts of ourselves, thus enabling us to reach a more coherent and meaningful sense of ourselves and our life. I am also a Reiki Master.
I have over 5 years experience in the NHS, with University students and in private practice. I am a member of BACP, working towards accreditation.
I have had particular experience with depression, anxiety, panic attacks, anger, eating disorders, addictions and the breakdown of relationships. The root causes of which are generally rooted in painful experiences. I've found that by listening, acknowledging and understanding these issues, it is possible to reach beyond and free-up energy for daily living.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
I charge £40 per session (an hour). I make the first session an hour and a half (charging £40) to allow us time to cover paperwork and begin to get to know each other. I also offer concessionary rates to clients with very low incomes.
If an appointment is agreed for the following week, it will need to be paid for unless there are exceptional reasons.
And an 'ending' session when that comes, to make closing a positive and respectful experience.
I practise in the Brixton-Streatham Hill area and am well served by buses on Brixton Hill and Tulse Hill, both within a few minutes walking distance. There is also plenty of free on-street parking.
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Type of session
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