Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
PGDip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Reg.MBACPCall Now
At Clarity Counselling you will be warmly welcomed by me, Claire Baker, a fully qualified, insured and BACP-registered Psychotherapeutic Counsellor. If you are aged 18+ and are interested in starting therapy, I offer a half price, 50-minute introductory session which gives us an opportunity to meet, discuss what brings you to counselling and see how we feel about working together, with no obligation for you to commit to further sessions if you do not wish. Please visit: www.claritycounselling.co.uk for more details.
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 founded Clarity Counselling in 2016 to provide face to face psychotherapeutic counselling from discrete and comfortable therapy rooms in Brighton. I also offer telephone and online sessions. Additionally, I work part-time as a Counsellor and Clinical Case Manager for a busy EAP (Employee Assistance Programme), which offers counselling and support to people from all walks of life. From 2015-2016, I was an honorary counsellor in training at Emmaus, a charity offering accommodation, work and support to people who have experienced homelessness. I have over twenty years experience working in mental health and homelessness prevention services across the country, supporting people from diverse backgrounds, often living with and in extremely challenging conditions. I take a non-binary and non-pathologising approach to human diversity, including race, religion, disability, gender, sexuality and relationships. I am a firm believer in the benefits of (self-)compassion to our overall health and wellbeing. I very much enjoy writing and have authored several published articles, some of which you can read on the Clarity Counselling website under 'News'. 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 of our comfort zone to explore new territory.
- Emotionally Focused
- Existential Therapy
- Gestalt Therapy
- Person Centered Therapy
- Solution Focused Brief Therapy