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Claire spent her earlier career working in the private and charitable sectors before retraining as a psychotherapist at the University of Leeds, where she obtained a distinction in Counselling and Psychotherapy (PG Dip.). Claire is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and works within their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. She also has training in Working with Crisis, ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Disordered Eating, Trauma and Dissociation. Claire has a specific interest in menopause having supported many clients with generalised anxiety who have not initially associated their symptoms with menopause.
Claire is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and works within their Ethical Framework for Counselling Professions. She also has training in Working with Crisis, ASSIST Suicide Prevention Training, Disordered Eating, Trauma and Dissociation.
Since qualifying, Claire has worked for a mental health charity, Wellspring, offering support to adults aged 16-85 with a wide variety of mental health issues including anxiety and depression, relationship problems, cancer, PTSD, bereavement and abuse. She also has a private practice, again working with adults and older teens with difficulties.
She has a specific interest in menopause having supported many clients with generalised anxiety who have not associated their symptoms with menopause. Claire understands that we have times where the challenges we face can sometimes feel too overwhelming to manage on our own and that one of these times for women can be before, during and postmenopause.
The menopause experience can impact us on so many levels and it’s often tricky to unpick what exactly is going on. It can be a whole mind, body and spirit change for some and for others, it seems to pass without too much trouble.
From a psychological perspective, the menopause often coincides with big events in life: children leaving home, milestone birthdays, our own parents ageing and passing away, or existential anxiety about our meaning and place in the world. Against this background, our bodies are changing too, and it can sometimes feel all-consuming and even overwhelming.
Claire believes asking for help and knowing that we will receive it in a warm, open and non-judgemental way is key to healing and putting ourselves in a position where we are able to self-help and cope better with all that life throws at us.
Claire practises as a Relational Psychotherapist which means she believes it’s in a relational conflict that most of our mental health issues take hold. Working collaboratively with clients, she draws on a wide range of different theoretical approaches, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). Claire supports clients needing either short-term support and coping strategies for menopausal anxiety and flushing, or longer-term work with self-esteem and relational difficulties.
Most importantly, Claire believes that the trust and care offered in therapy, whatever the issue, enables the exploration of difficult feelings and experiences. Often this allows the client the opportunity for greater insight, self-awareness, change and empowerment.
Reaching out for help takes courage and can often be a daunting first step to making changes towards feeling better. With that in mind, Claire offers an initial complimentary online consultation to get a feel for the work.
The number of consultations depends on each individual case. Sessions last 60 minutes and cost £50. To arrange an initial consultation or discuss your concerns get in touch at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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