Hello, my name is Claire (Dip Couns, MBACP). I first found out about Sapper Support from watching a local news programme. I found Tim’s interview very moving as I hadn’t realised how little support there was for military veterans. I thought I would offer counselling support for those who need to talk about concerns and stresses they may be encountering in everyday life.
I offer Person Centred Therapy, which offers the client a safe, empathic, confidential and non-judgemental space. This is a non-directive, it isn’t advice giving, but gives an opportunity to be yourself. This is important to know as it can be reassuring to feel listened to and taken seriously. Sometimes, it’s difficult to open up to those around us, trying to keep everything together and counselling is a great way of unburdening thoughts, feelings and emotions without being judged. Feeling alone can be a struggle. This is confidential and in no way will anyone be identified.
I began my counselling training a few years ago, I decided I was ready to make some changes in my life, my children are growing up and I needed a challenge. I had qualified in Delivering Learning several years earlier and had worked in a local school teaching Asian ladies’ English skills. I felt I wanted to further my career so considered more adult education. I discovered the Level 2 Counselling Concepts, I enjoyed it so much I went on to the Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Skills, which lead to Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling. I also trained to become a peer support facilitator, which I have used to run a group for domestic abuse survivors.
I specialise in the areas of grief, bereavement and loss. This is not always the loss of a loved one, but can also include the loss of a job, career, relationship and lead to possible isolation. I also have counselling experience with drug and alcohol misuse. I regularly work with cancer patients, who are sometimes terminally ill, and those who care for family members or friends with disabilities or have long term medical conditions. I have considerable experience in helping those who are/have suffered from epileptic seizures, which can be a life changing condition.
I have recently undertaken some training in PTSD and Dissociative Personality Disorder, which included Trauma of the Body and Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery. I also have some knowledge of EMDR which can be helpful in the recovery process.
My other qualifications include: Transactional Analysis 101, Diploma in Grief and Bereavement Counselling, Peer Support Facilitation Training, Certificate in Delivering Learning and HNC Business and Finance.
I have attended may training courses over the years, which include, Cruse Bereavement Care, Trauma, Dissociation and Recovery, Sexual Abuse, Child Abuse and Neglect, Rape Awareness, Understanding Alcohol, Substance Misuse and Recovery, Understanding Self Harm and Suicide, Domestic Abuse, Cyber Trauma, Disordered Eating, LGBT, Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults, Working with the Shadow and Certificate of Achievement from the Epilepsy Society.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), which means I work within their guidelines and ethical framework for best practice in counselling. I am required to undertake regular supervision and keep up-to-date with legislation and any other training which is beneficial to my practice.
Email: Claire Beattie
Mobile Number: 07709 563226