Claire Smith believes counselling should be unique to each client and provides a safe and compassionate space where clients can feel confident being and expressing themselves. She values the importance of building a relationship built on trust, empathy and acceptance that allows clients to feel supported in exploring their thoughts, feelings and experiences without fear of judgement. She hopes that this space and relationship will encourage clients to recognise their full potential, discover their inner resources whilst alleviating some of the loneliness that can come with suffering.
Claire uses an integrative approach which draws on a variety of counselling approaches to tailor the counselling to the individuality of each client. She may use person-centred counselling to build clients confidence and self-esteem, whilst encouraging them to discover their inner strength, wisdom and worth. Psychodynamic counselling enables the exploration of how past relationships and experiences are impacting on the here and now. CBT to recognise and understand the relationship between anxious and/or depressive thoughts, feelings and behaviour and identify ways to break these cycles.
Claire’s working background is in childcare where she has been responsible for supporting children’s personal, social and emotional development. She has worked with children on the autistic spectrum and understands how stress and low self-esteem can emerge from being misunderstood. From her work with children Claire enjoys working with emotions and encouraging the client to recognise and express how they’re feeling, connecting it to the mind and body. She believes that the body is extremely intuitive and may use mindfulness techniques to assist clients learn how to contain and manage challenging emotions; such as stress and anxiety, whilst encouraging relaxation.
Claire is a trainee integrative counsellor and a member of the BACP. She is currently working towards a degree in counselling whilst working within The Awareness Centre’s NHS Counselling Service in Sutton.