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.
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’.
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.