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1st June 2020 
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Counsellor in Warfield, Bracknell, RG42


"You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf."

Jon Kabat-Zinn



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Hello, I’m Claire, welcome to my website.

Coronavirus Crisis
I am still able to offer therapy, but currently I am only offering counselling by secure video link or telephone due to the ongoing coronavirus lockdown restrictions. I will be returning to face to face counselling when it is safe to do so.


Does life feel like it's getting on top of you? Do you feel out of control? Maybe you suffer from anxiety or depression? Have you experienced trauma or abuse? Are you struggling with a bereavement or facing difficulties with pregnancy or fertility, or possibly pregnancy loss through miscarriage, stillbirth or termination? Do relationships seem to go wrong? Do you simply want life to be different?

Rather than struggling alone, could you benefit from a place to explore your thoughts and feelings with a counsellor alongside you?

As an experienced therapist I understand making the first move towards starting counselling can feel like a daunting process. You may feel anxious, uncertain and overwhelmed, but this could be your first step on the journey towards enhancing your life. By finding my website and reading this you have already found the courage to take that step.

As a BACP registered counsellor, I am committed to providing counselling in a warm, safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment at my practice in Warfield, Berkshire; close to Ascot, Binfield, Bracknell and Wokingham. I can help you make sense of the experiences that are troubling you and the challenges you are facing; to help you move towards personal growth and change in your life.

I am an integrative relational therapist, with a particular interest in attachment based therapy. I believe effective counselling is primarily about the therapeutic relationship that develops between the therapist and the client. I hope my website will give you a clearer understanding of who I am as a therapist, what counselling is and whether I seem to be a ‘good fit’ as a counsellor for you.

As an Integrative Counsellor I am able to draw on different theories depending on your individual requirement. I believe ‘one size’ does not ‘fit all’ and I am able to be adaptable and flexible to meet your individual needs.

Through my counselling practice I’ve made a positive difference to many people’s lives. I am experienced in helping clients with a wide range of difficulties and issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Fertility issues
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth
  • Low confidence
  • Pregnancy loss
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Retirement difficulties
  • Stress
  • Suicidal feelings
  • And many more


  • I work with individual adults, on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

    I charge 45 per 50 minute session. I accept payment on the day by cash or bank transfer.

    My practice is within easy reach of Ascot, Binfield, Bracknell, Camberley, Maidenhead, Sandhurst, Warfield, Windsor, Wokingham and the Berkshire / Surrey borders. With bus routes from Bracknell Train station, Binfield and Ascot stopping just a short walk from my counselling rooms.

    In addition to my private practice I also work at a BACP Accredited counselling service in Camberley and a bereavement support service in Wokingham.

    When you’ve had a chance to browse my web pages, please feel free to contact me, in confidence, with any additional questions you may have, to see if therapy could be right for you. I would love to hear from you. You can contact me by phone or email at the number or email address above.


    Coronavirus Crisis

    Coronavirus and the associated isolation is creating new challenges for us all. Being concerned for our wellbeing or that of our loved ones, and being unable to meet with our friends and family, or maintain our usual routines or activities is particularly hard when you are already experiencing emotional difficulties such as anxiety, depression, a bereavement or difficulties in a relationship. Don't suffer alone.

    During this period, I will be adding some helpful tips and advice sheets to my Support Through Lockdown and Beyond page to give you support from your own home. Topics covered so far include managing anxiety, frustration, anger and grief and bereavement. Other topics to come in the following weeks and months while we continue to operate social distancing.

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    Mental Health Awareness Week

    Mental Health Awareness week is 18th – 24th May 2020

    This year the theme for Mental Health Awareness week is kindness.

    When we are struggling, and feeling low, despondent or even desperate, having someone reach out, notice our need and let us know they are there for us can make all the difference. Now, more than ever, people all over the world are struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, work issues, health issues and, sadly, bereavement.

    During this time of crisis, we are seeing, and maybe offering, acts of kindness all around us, but we may also be feeling very isolated. No one should have to struggle alone. Reach out to a friend or relative, make that email, pick up the phone.

    When difficulties seem to overwhelm us, counselling can be a great help. Knowing the therapist is walking alongside us, supporting us and helping us make sense of our lives, can really help. During this time of lockdown and social distancing, counsellors are still here. Starting counselling is daunting when we can start the work face to face and may feel even more so by video or telephone call, but you do not need to struggle alone. Help is here.

    Kindness to others is so important, but remember “we often wait for kindness …… but being kind to yourself can start now’ Charlie Mackesy.


    Testimonials

    "What a journey we have been on together, without Claire I wouldn't be where I am now, it's been life changing, heart rending and possibly the best thing that's happened to me. I have forgiven some people and let go of others, which I never dreamed would happen and I feel so much lighter for doing so. At the beginning I said "I want my life back" and I now believe I have." C

    "I visited Claire once a week for around five months. I’m very thankful I found her as she was able to address and release anxiety problems that were created and left over from working for a large company with poor working conditions. I’m vastly more relaxed and emotionally stable after her work with me." P

    "Thank you for everything you have done for me. You helped me through some really tough and dark times and I couldn’t have gotten through any of it without you. You are amazing and I will be forever grateful. Thank you." H


    Thoughts on Life

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain"
    Vivian Greene

    We spend much of our time waiting for something to change before getting on with our lives. Maybe we postpone a decision until a stressful time has passed, hope we will feel different when a milestone has been reached, delay that resolution until New Year and then …….

    During this time of coronavirus crisis, while we are in lockdown, it is more important than ever to focus on living for today, getting that support and making those changes to help us keep emotionally, as well as physically, healthy.

    If you are struggling with a crisis or trauma, coping with a bereavement or relationship difficulties, experiencing anxiety, depression or low self esteem, getting on with life can seem impossible and this is where counselling may be of help and support.

    Sometimes we are lucky and time does help, but more often we can't start to feel different until we learn to live our life right now - sun or rain. Having a counsellor alongside you can make all the difference. Being with a therapist who understands you and what you are going through doesn't change the reality, but it does make you less alone as you begin to make sense of what has happened. It can be the start of moving out of the storm.

    Asking for help takes courage, but it might be what we need to avoid being buffeted by the storm of life.


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