About Me

About Me

In addition to working privately with clients and supervisees, I work for a counselling charity in Bickley where I am a supervisor and training lead involved in the moderation of all levels of counselling training.

I have also worked as a counsellor in a local GP surgery and within an adult weight management service for the NHS and gained specialist training & experience in working with emotional eating, over-eating & binge eating issues. Some of my private work is with clients who want to understand and address the emotional issues that underpin their struggle with their weight, help them psychologically prepare for bariatric surgery or help those who have started to sabotage their existing bariatric surgery.

Prior to life as a counsellor, I worked as a business analyst & trainer where I developed & facilitated training for individuals & groups. Time spent in a pressurised, working environment gives me insight into how you may be finding work stressful, experiencing performance anxiety and have work-life balance worries & problems.

I have also experience of extensive personal therapy. I understand how hard it can be to come to counselling and start exploring difficult & painful feelings. And I appreciate how vulnerable this may make you feel which is why it is important that you & I build a relationship in which you feel safe & supported.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am fully insured, have on-going clinical supervision and regularly attend courses, read & research to enhance my knowledge and professionalism.

Professional Qualifications:

  • BA (Hons) Geography, University of London
  • Diploma in Integrative Supervision of Individuals and Groups
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Certificate in Counselling Skills
  • CPCAB Certificate in Understanding Substance Misuse
  • Award in Education & Training

Specialist Training & Interests:

Attachment Psychotherapy:

  • Attachment Theory in Clinical Practice training (Bowlby Centre)
  • Ongoing Attachment clinical forums, seminars & supervision
  • Traumatic Attachment – working with clients who have experienced developmental trauma and abuse
  • Working with attachment issues arising from relationships with narcissistic parents/caregivers and partners
  • Loss, grief and separation

Neurobiological Approaches:

  • Mind-Body Approaches to Working with Developmental Trauma (training with Arielle Schwartz)
  • Polyvagal Theory training (with Deb Dana)
  • Somatic workshops (with Nick Totton and Tony Buckley)

Disordered Eating Training:

  • Understanding Your Eating Training (Professor Julia Buckroyd)
  • Disordered Eating: Psychopathology, therapeutic interventions, psychological assessment and psycho-educational groups

Telephone: 07934 249925
Email: claire-barrett@hotmail.com