Clare James Counselling Services is a professional counselling and psychotherapy service, based near Billingshurst, West Sussex.
I have been offering a range of services working with adults and from all walks of life working clinically since 1995 and in private practice, covering everything from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) to bereavement and relationship issues.
‘IT IS A JOY TO BE HIDDEN, A DISASTER NOT TO BE FOUND’ D.W. Winnicott (1965:p185).
Working clinically since 1995 in counselling and psychotherapy, I have come to appreciate the above quote from Winnicott, a child psychoanalyst. Many clients have learnt to hide, as a result of early life experiences of being: shamed, humiliated and misunderstood and harmed in many other ways.
My belief in the process of psychotherapy and the vital part the therapeutic relationship plays in being alongside each client in their unique journey towards becoming more playful and creative in all aspects of their lived lives, is a way of ‘being found’.
The majority of my work is related to early developmental neglect, traumas and insecure attachment to primary caregivers, but there are many kinds of losses in life and I offer a space in which to become curious about each of us has learnt a way of being in relationship, which may need to be updated and reframed as adults.
Sometimes people come to see me because they feel ‘stuck’ and they are unable to recognise or understand what is causing their inability to make changes in their life or even to trust any decision that they make. I believe that a collaborative and challenging and safe therapeutic space, allows each person to explore and examine their lives in a way that may prove life enhancing.
The joy of being found.
I have ensured that there is a hand sanitiser at the entrance to my office, and one directly inside the door also. I have a thermometer if there is concern about a person’s temperature. I have NHS Healthcare chairs that are wiped down with 99% alcohol wipes between each client, and anything that a client may have touched or used.
I ensure that there is a minimum of 30 minutes between clients, to ensure that my office can be cleaned and ventilated. I request that all clients bring their own water / beverage to drink and a soft ball and some perfume or similar refreshing fragrance, as sometimes it is helpful to have that sensory input during a session. There is a designated parking area directly outside my cabin/office. Please arrive as near to your appointment time and wait in your vehicle until then.
I REQUEST THAT NO CLIENT ARRIVES IF THEY HAVE A TEMPERATURE OR BEEN IN CONTACT WITH A PERSON WHO IS SUFFERING OR HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID – 19 OR IN CONTACT WITH SOMEONE WHO IS IN QUARANTINE OR RECENTLY RETURNED FROM ABROAD.
I CAN OFFER ZOOM SESSIONS INSTEAD OF FACE TO FACE THERAPY.