It’s not always easy making the first step to see a counsellor. There is still cultural stigma surrounding mental health, but attitudes are changing. I have experience of working with people who undergo many kinds of difficulties: including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, feelings of loneliness, low mood, stress, drug and alcohol dependency, bereavement and loss. It can feel terribly hard coping alone and often taking the first step to making contact with a counsellor can feel the hardest.
I work with people from all walks of life in a way that respects culture, values, beliefs, choices and sexual orientation. My practice is constantly developing and I keep my training up to date with pertinent counselling issues. Before becoming a counsellor, I worked in education; teaching young people, training adults and providing consultancy, so I value and see the importance in continued professional development and seek learning experiences to improve and broaden my competence, knowledge and skills.
Counselling and Therapy Rooms
I see clients in very comfortable therapy rooms in central Hove and in Brighton, East Sussex. Do get in touch if you would like to take a look or make an introductory appointment. Details on the contact page.
We can discuss in an assessment/introductory session what your requirements and expectations for counselling are. Claire works with a wide variety of conditions, whether long-standing a more recent onset.
Typical presenting issues are stress, confidence, relationship problems, issues around anger, depression and anxiety. Often several issues will be present at the same time.
Some specific areas of focus for Claire are detailed below:
Coping with grief and bereavement
There are many ways to feel the loss of someone or something and it can be extremely painful. You may experience a wide range of emotions, some which could surprise you. It can feel like the sadness and pain will never end, you might feel anger you have never felt before. Speaking to a counsellor may help you consider ways to go forward and cope with the loss.
This article on Grief and Bereavement may be helpful.
I know first-hand how redundancy can affect you emotionally. During and following redundancy people can go through serious feelings of loss and a resulting crash in confidence. It can feel similar to a bereavement. Speaking to someone about this can help you process the feelings and get your life back on track.
Fertility, pregnancy and loss
I have particular experience working with women encountering fertility issues, loss and difficulties during pregnancy.
I also have knowledge of donor assisted pregnancies and can offer support through this sometimes complicated and emotionally confusing time.
The menopause can be a particularly challenging time in a women’s life. It isn’t discussed much in society and can leave women feeling isolated and confused about their symptoms and feelings associated with the changes happening to them. Don’t suffer alone with this.
I have both professional and personal experience of working with and supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people who are exploring their sexual and gender identity or facing extra concerns that can affect LGBT people. Do get in touch if you are struggling with related LGBTQ issues.
It’s not always easy choosing a counsellor to work with and I recommend contacting and meeting more than one therapist to allow you to make an informed decision about who is right for you and allowing you to proceed and commit to weekly sessions.
I offer a reduced price initial session to allow you to make a decision – £10 for this first 25 minute session. During this introductory session, we can discuss your reasons for coming to therapy and you can ask any questions. You can decide whether you wish to continue after the session. Further sessions will be charged at the standard rate. See Sessions and Fees.
As well as my on-going private practice, meeting clients in Hove and Brighton, I have previous experience counselling adults at the Rock Clinic in Brighton and I counselled secondary pupils in a school setting for Dialogue (part of YMCA) where young people have the opportunity and space to discuss their problems.
Training and Qualifications include:
- PGDip in Psychodynamic Therapeutic Counselling
- BEd (Hons)
- Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
I am a registered member of BACP and adhere to their code of Ethics to offer a safe, confidential and non-judgemental counselling environment. As a counsellor I am in regular supervision. This is an essential part of my work. It means that I can uphold the highest standards of care for my clients’ well-being.