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6th October 2022 
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Counsellor and Supervisor in Warfield, Bracknell, RG42


"Once you choose hope, anything is possible."

Christopher Reeve


Welcome

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 and supervisor, 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:

  • Anxiety
  • Attachment issues
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Fertility issues (British Infertility Counselling Association trained)
  • Health issues
  • Low self-esteem or self-worth
  • Low confidence
  • Miscarriage
  • Redundancy
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Retirement difficulties
  • Stress
  • Suicidal feelings
  • Work related issues
  • 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 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 jo@samaritans.org.

    Click here for more information on available support for yourself or your friends and family.


    Coronavirus Crisis

    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.


    Supervision

    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.


    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


    World Mental Health Day

    Monday 10th October 2022 is World Mental Health Day

    We all have challenges to our mental health and well-being at times. When we are struggling, and feeling low, despondent or even desperate, having someone reach out to us, or be there to reach out to, 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, money worries, trauma and bereavement.

    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 social distancing, counsellors are still here, you do not need to struggle alone. Help is here.


    Thoughts on Life

    Alfred D'Souza is credited with the famous quote "happiness is a journey, not a destination.

    One of the reasons people may choose to come into counselling is because they are unhappy in a way that seriously impacts on their life. Living with anxiety or depression can feel like being in a downward spiral. Struggling to come to terms with the death of a loved one, the end of a relationship or a redundancy can be overwhelming. If you are living in the shadow of a trauma of any kind, it can feel as if happiness is simply out of reach.

    It is easy to believe it is only possible to be happy when we achieve something or gain something. We may believe we need to be with a particular person or be seen in a particular way to have any chance of happiness. There are times in life when this may be true, up to a point; but often the thing we seek will not be the elusive answer to happiness.

    Changing the way we feel about ourselves or the way we view or manage our situation can be critical to feeling happier, but happiness is not simply the reward at the end of the road, it is a state of mind that can be found all along the journey, for periods of time at least.

    Most of all, happiness can be found in discovering that you are worthy of being happy. Working alongside a counsellor can be a pathway to growing that sense of self-worth and opening up to the possibility of feeling happy.

    If we focus on the destination too much, we risk losing the happy moments along the way and possibly lose sight of where the destination really is. Life rarely follows the path we expect, but happiness can be found on the journey every bit as much as in the destination.


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