Claire enjoys working with adults and young people aged 11 upwards, her training includes a British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy accredited counselling degree, BA Hons in counselling (adults), a Post qualifying children's and adolescent counselling diploma and numerous courses relating to working creatively. This means young people and adult clients can explore more creative ways to work if this is preferable.
These methods may include working with sand trays, toys, shells and stones or on paper, this can be particularly beneficial for adults who may feel they are on the autistic spectrum, or for those who find speaking face to face about emotions difficult. Claire encourages clients to use the 'fiddle toys' available if they might help during the work.
Claire is also passionate about supporting Armed Forces personnel and their families.
Mel is a qualified person-centred counsellor and a registered member of the BACP. Her background is in HR and she has experience of working to support people with a wide range of difficulties such as depression, anxiety, bereavement, anger, stress, panic attacks and low self-esteem. Mel has worked with adults (both short and long-term basis) in various settings which include a Rape Crisis Centre, Mental Health Charity and a College, providing counselling with students aged 16-19 years.
Mel is passionate about the benefits of counselling and she respects each person’s uniqueness. Her belief is that working collaboratively and providing the experience of really being heard, understood and accepted is unbeatable. To be able to express feelings about your difficulties to a counsellor can help you gain emotional support, a better understanding of yourself and the insight and tools to make the decisions that are right for you.
She hopes that your initial session together will help to assist you in deciding if her supportive approach and style of counselling is the right fit for you.
Irene practices Psychodynamic therapy which draws upon the theories and practices of analytical psychology and psychoanalysis.
It helps individuals with a wide range of problems and is effective in treating specific issues, such as anxiety and eating disorders. Primarily used to treat depression, psychodynamic therapy can be beneficial for those who have lost meaning in their lives or have difficulty forming or maintaining personal relationships.
Individuals who respond particularly well to the approach will have a genuine interest in exploring themselves and seeking self-knowledge. They will have the capacity for self-reflection, and a natural curiosity for their internal life and behaviours.
Irene's training includes a BSc. in Psychology and BACP Accredited Training and validated by the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling. Along with a Certificate in Working with Couples and other training in attachment styles, bereavement, anxiety and depression. She enjoys working with a variety of clients and couples who are in conflict. Her research interests are in trauma and how it is held in the body and attachment styles.