Claire Baker

Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor

PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Reg.MBACP

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About Me

At Clarity Counselling you will be warmly welcomed by me, Claire Baker, a fully qualified, insured and BACP-registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. If you would like an opportunity to meet, discuss what brings you to counselling and see how we feel about working together, I offer a reduced cost (£30), 50-minute introductory session with no obligation for you to commit to further sessions if you do not wish.

To Help You With...
AbuseAging ConcernsAnxietyAttachment TheoryChronic Pain or IllnessCoachingCodependencyContemplativeDepressionDivorceFamily CaregivingFamily ConflictFeministGender IdentityInfertilityLoss or GriefMindfulness-basedPanicPersonal GrowthPolyamorous and Open RelationshipsRelationalRelationship / Marriage IssuesSelf-EsteemSelf-HarmingSocial PhobiaSuicidal IdeationTraumaWomen’s Issues
Therapeutic Approach

My therapeutic approach is underpinned by humanistic and existential philosophy and theory. Therefore, rather than using restrictive models that categorise or label, I work with you to explore the meaning you have made of yourself, your relationships with others and your inner and outer worlds. Sessions with me are non-directive, that is to say I do not advise, diagnose or tell you what to do. Rather, I offer unbiased and compassionate support, so you can really explore your experiences and feelings and find your own way. Where I feel it can help us develop a greater depth of understanding, I may share my own thoughts, questions or reflections with you. Psychotherapeutic counselling gives a space to reflect on any aspects of yourself and your life. Whatever brings you to counselling, it is a personal journey - there are no ‘rights’ or ‘wrongs’.

Background

I have been running my practice, Clarity Counselling, in Brighton and Hove since 2016. Before this I was an honorary counsellor in training at Emmaus, a charity offering accommodation, work and support to people who have experienced homelessness. Over the past 20 years, I have worked for a number of wellbeing and mental health services across the country, supporting people from diverse ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds, often living with complex needs and pervasive mental health challenges. I continue to work for a local charity, alongside my private psychotherapeutic counselling work. I enjoy writing and have authored several published articles (some of which you can read under ‘News’ on the Clarity Counselling website). I also love to travel and spent some years living and working abroad. I see parallels between travel and counselling/psychotherapy, in that both involve the courageous, often challenging process of stepping outside our comfort zone to explore new territory.

Type of Therapy
Emotionally FocusedExistentialExistential TherapyExperientialGestalt TherapyHolisticHumanisticIntegrativeMindfulnessPerson Centered TherapySolution Focused Brief Therapy
Client Type
Individuals
Type of Session
Fixed TermLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)Skype
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