Counsellor in Warfield, Bracknell, RG42
Hello, I’m Claire, welcome to my website.
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 you have suffered 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 attachment focused, 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:
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 am qualified to offer counselling face to face and by secure video link or telephone. Remote counselling is only available to people living within the UK. Please contact me for full details of the options available. Due to current Covid 19 restrictions I am not able to offer face to face sessions at this time. As soon as it is safe to do so, I will resume face to face counselling. If you choose to start counselling remotely with me, you are welcome to switch to face to face sessions, if you prefer, when Covid restrictions allow.
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 head up a bereavement support service in Wokingham. Prior to becoming a counsellor I trained as a Registered General Nurse and worked as a gynaecology ward sister.
When you have 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 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, depression, frustration, loneliness, anger and grief and bereavement.
Time to Talk Day
Thursday February 4th 2021 is Time to Talk Day. We all struggle with our health at times. Sometimes we have a physical health issue, other times we have difficulties with our mental or emotional health. Most of us are quite happy to seek support and advice for a physical symptom, but we are much less likely to speak out when we are struggling mentally.
Too many of us feel stigmatised about something 1 in 4 of us experiences at any one time. When we are struggling with mental health problems we may feel judged or ashamed. That can feel very isolating and takes away our sense of self-worth. The worse we feel, the less we are inclined to talk and yet just a small conversation about mental health, and how we feel in particular, can make all the difference. It’s time we all started talking about our mental health. Reach out to a friend who may be struggling, or to someone who may be able to hear you and help you. The more we talk about mental health, the quicker we break down the prejudice and stigma that surrounds it. Some of us are better at masking our symptoms and feelings than others. Sometimes it is your strongest friend who is struggling the most. By speaking out, and letting others know that you struggle too, you can make all the difference. Talking may even save someone’s life.
If you have experienced abuse, job loss or relationship breakdown or are struggling with anxiety, depression, loss or low self-worth, you may find talking with a counsellor can help. You do not have to struggle alone.
This year, more than any other, so many of us are experiencing difficulties with our mental well-being. Let’s work together to burst the myths and stigma around mental health struggles forever.
"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"
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, wait for lockdown to end, wait for the vaccine role out, 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 the idea of counselling via video link or telephone feels strange, please contact me and I can explain all the options available and you can get a feel for what it would be like having counselling in this way.
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.