Claire Smith


PG Dip in Child Psychotherapy and Masters in Social Work

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Hi, my name is Claire and I am a therapist and social worker, working with adults and young people in the Brighton and Hove area. My passion in my work is the development of emotional intelligence and emotional regulation strategies. The reason for this being many people struggle to actually label the emotions they are feeling and struggle to recognise how these emotions feel within their body. In being unable to label our emotions, it becomes difficult to utilise the correct strategies to help support our emotions. This can leave many feeling they are ‘out of control’ of their emotions, and may even feel that therapy hasn’t ‘worked’ for them in the past. I believe it is imperative that finding a therapist who you connect with and feel comfortable with is the most important tool in having a beneficial therapeutic experience. Therefore, I offer a free consultation phone call where we can speak about your desired change from engaging in therapy, the focus and approach of my work, and can arrange an initial session if we feel we are well suited to work together.

AnxietyAutismBody Image IssuesBurn OutChild or Adolescent IssuesCodependencyDepressionFamily ConflictFamily SystemsFeministMindfulness-basedPanicPanic AttacksParentingPersonal GrowthPostpartumPregnancy (Prenatal Mental Health)PsychodynamicRelationalSelf-EsteemWomen’s Issues

In my work with clients I focus on slowing down in order for clients to experience their emotions in a safe and supported environment. In our work together we will explore what messaging and value you received surrounding emotions from your upbringing, the impact emotional dysregulation has on you and on your life and relationships, explore how you would like it to be different, and how you can support your emotional needs (emotional regulation strategies). Overtime, my clients can expect to feel a greater connection to their emotions in a way that feels more embodied, and they can feel more capable of managing difficult emotions.

I completed a Masters of Social Work and commenced work with children, adolescents and families in a community outreach organisation. After completing my Masters Degree in Social Work I commenced Post Graduate studies in Developmental Psychiatry with the Mindful Institute at Melbourne University, Australia. I have since completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Child Psychotherapy and will commence my Masters of Child Psychotherapy in February 2024.

Type of Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Emotionally Focused
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic Therapy
Client Type
Type of Session
Fixed TermHome VisitsLong Term (Face to Face)Online TherapyShort Term (Face to Face)SkypeTelephone

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