I'm Clare, a psychotherapeutic counsellor. This page is about me, and why I think I can help you.
I've believed in the power of therapy to make a difference in people's lives since a friend died at a very young age. It changed my life; not just to get through such a painful time, but also to lead a life that's more genuine and fulfilling to me and my values.
Before training as a counsellor, I worked as a trainee clinical psychologist with people with learning disabilities or on the autistic spectrum. As rewarding as this was, I started to understand that I needed more life experience to find my place in the world. But I'd always held a passion for the power of psychology. Twenty years of working in the public sector helping people to access services has instilled a real need to continue to help people within me.
After entering therapy to find support with bereavement, I also found the power to stop trying to fit myself into other people's, and society's expectations of me. At each stage of my counselling training I found new ways to understand my values, mindset, behaviour and emotions, and change them when they no longer helped me. Through my own counselling journey, I'm now exactly where I want to be.
Therapy has had such an important impact on my life that I'm passionate to help my clients not only through life's difficult times, but also to a more fulfilling life.
Because I'm trained to work in different ways, there's no one therapy that fits everyone - if it doesn't feel right, then there's always a different way to try. All my sessions are client-led because you're the expert on your life, so I'll always explain my thoughts around what we could try and what we focus on, but you'll decide. You can always say no! You're the boss.
Outside of work you may find me forest-bathing in nature or trying (badly) to get better at yoga! Hope to see you soon. Contact me
From Staffordshire University.
BACP accredited course.
Passed with Distinction.
From Staffordshire University, through which I won the academic award.
Passed with Distinction.
Batchelor of Science with Honours from the University of Birmingham.
Passed with 2:1.
To extend our understanding of how to support those with complicated grief in the counselling room and through outdoor therapy.
I understand the daily struggles and frustrations that an 'ableist' society imposes on those with any sort of impairment. I offer affirmative and empowering therapy to support you, as well as appointments at your home to suit you.
Various short courses in managing therapy outside to help the client to look on their problems in various ways inspired by nature. I have trained with leading ecotherapist Hayley Marshall from the Centre for Natural Reflection to offer therapy incorporating the power of nature.
I have undertaken various BACP courses to ensure that I am a safe and competent counsellor whilst working with clients over Zoom or telephone.