My name is Claire and I have been a counsellor for around 10 years.
I provide both short and long-term therapy to adults, children and adolescents affected by adoption, either at my therapy room just outside of Odiham, in easy reach of junction 5 of the M3, or online via Zoom.
We all experience times of difficulty in our lives, when events or relationships feel overwhelming, or we can feel a loss of direction or purpose.
However, adoption can add an additional layer of challenge for all of those involved. Talking to a trained professional helps us make sense of our thoughts, feelings and behaviour and offers a way through them, moving towards a better understanding of ourselves.
I work with people aged over 11 years old from all walks of life and backgrounds, who come to me with a diverse range of struggles.
As a fully-qualified counsellor, I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am also a Barnardo's Link therapist.
Making the decision to see a counsellor may feel like a big step to take - but it is a positive one. Please read on to find out more about how I could help you or your child.
It is understandable that at times we might look for support, as a counsellor my role is to provide space and guidance to help you or your child, to enable you to explore your life and make new, meaningful choices within it.
I offer a chance to reflect on the difficulties or problems you are experiencing in a safe and confidential environment, with someone from outside your day-to-day life. Together we can explore the situation in a way that leads to fresh perspectives - and perhaps a new understanding. Counselling isn’t about giving you solutions or advice, but empowering you to make your own changes.
My approach to therapy is a Humanistic one including creative approaches to help explore. This may include using sand trays, art or other therapeutic interventions. This is a non-judgmental way of working, where the counsellor creates the right conditions to help someone increase their self-awareness; to move towards and reach their fullest potential.
People come to me for help with a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:
Feelings of stress or anxiety
Grief, loss or bereavement
Problems with confidence or self-esteem
Anger/ aggressive behaviour
Issues relating to sexuality and/ or gender
Difficulties at work or in retirement
Problems with family or school life
Attachment based issues
Challenges from neurodiversity
I work from my peaceful therapy room just outside of Odiham (RG29 1JE) and see clients from Basingstoke, Fleet, Farnham, Alton, Aldershot and surrounding areas. As the location is in North Hampshire it also borders with Surrey and Berkshire with access from the M3 and A30.
In addition to providing face-to-face therapy, I also offer online sessions for clients via Zoom . Please contact me to find out more about how online therapy works.
Counselling sessions for individuals last 50 minutes and usually take place on a weekly basis costing £60 per session.
Please contact me for my current availability. I work weekday daytimes and evenings.
It can feel uncertain or confusing making the decision to contact a counsellor or therapist.
In my experience people will struggle with adoption challenges, mental health issues, personal crisis or problems within a relationship on their own for much longer than is healthy or necessary.
Realising that resolving a problem requires something more than currently feels available means you have actually already taken the first step towards improving your life.
Please get in contact if you have any questions at this stage or to book an initial assessment.
I have worked as a therapist counselling adults and young people since 2012. In local therapy services and specialist (non-mainstream) school and college settings prior to providing therapy privately.
My qualifications include:
Applied Neuroscience (Masters) (Ongoing- King's College London)
Certificate in Adoption Support (Barnado's/ The Albany Centre)
Understanding Autism (L2 Certificate Stoke on Trent College)
(BA) Counselling (Greenwich University)
Children and Adolescent Post Qualifying Counselling Diploma (Iron Mill College)
Some of the additional CPD I have undertaken includes:
Working with Relational Trauma
Self-Harm and Non-Fatal Suicide Attempts
Beyond the Binary, gender identity and sexuality
Grief, Loss and Bereavement
Creative Therapeutic Tools including: sand tray, art, writing, play.
Counselling takes place in a safe space, where you can meet with someone who will listen with sensitivity and empathy - and without judgement. In the therapy space thoughts and feelings can be expressed freely and in confidence. There are some exceptions to confidentiality which will be explained fully prior to starting therapy, however if you have any questions now please get in contact and I will try and answer them for you.
Trouble within an individual, the family or relationships can cause huge sadness and confusion- many people face difficulties in their everyday lives that can be hard to get on top of. Counselling gives us a set of tools we can use to help gain a better understanding of what’s causing these problems - and how you can move towards managing or resolving them.
Working together I can help you gain greater insight into the difficulties you are facing, help you understand why you act or react to them the way you do, and see how you can start to make better, heathier choices moving forward.