Counsellor and Supervisor in Warfield, Bracknell, RG42
Louisa May Alcott
I am now able to resume face to face sessions, alongside video and telephone counselling.
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 Accredited 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 and BICA training in infertility counselling. Prior to becoming a counsellor I trained as a Registered General Nurse and worked as a gynaecology ward sister, gaining extensive experience in the difficulties surrounding loss, fertility issues, miscarriage and termination of pregnancy. 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.
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 and supervisor 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.
I am now able to resume face to face counselling for those who wish, in addition to offering video and telephone counselling. I am also able to be flexible between approaches to meet your changing needs. Click here for full details of the options available.
I charge £50 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.
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.
If you are feeling suicidal, and do not feel able to keep yourself safe, seek help immediately. In addition to counselling, help can be found via friends, family, GP, Your local Crisis Team, A&E, The Samaritans and online support groups. The Samaritans is available 24 hours a day 365 days a year on the Freephone number 116123 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Click here for more information on available support for yourself or your friends and family.
Coronavirus, the associated isolation and the changes in social distancing has created challenges for us all. For some, the lifting of restrictions brings freedom, while for others it is an additional source of anxiety and isolation. 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, counselling can give you a safe, reliable space to be heard and to make sense of your feelings.
The BACP recommends having at least some supervision in the same medium as you work with clients. I have an Advanced Certificate in Clinical Supervision (including face to face, online and telephone working) based on the Seven-Eyed Model of Supervision. As such, I have specialist training in supervising counsellors working with clients face to face, online and by telephone and am therefore uniquely placed to meet your blended needs.
I offer supervision face to face and online via video and telephone.
For full details please click here or contact me to discuss your individual supervision needs.
"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, 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.