Sheffield Counselling Practice

Hello, I’m Claire a qualified counsellor in Sheffield.

I have a counselling and supervision practice in the S11 and S6 postcode areas.

I provide face to face counselling to individuals from age 16+ seeking support and offer clinical supervision to practicing and trainee counsellors and therapists.

I work with clients with a range of issues including anxiety, low mood, abuse, work issues, life stage dilemmas amongst others.

I also specialise in helping enhance self-esteem, body image, food difficulties and problems with relationships for all genders.

I am passionate about supporting others in overcoming what might be holding them back and finding more helpful ways of managing difficulties.

Counselling provides you with a confidential and supportive space to discover solutions to problems. It can help to alleviate the struggle with emotions and unhelpful thought processes.

You may feel caught up in repeated patterns in your life or be looking to make sense of meaning and purpose and seeking personal growth.

Counselling can help with this.

I understand that some of the emotions and situations we experience can be hard to live with.

Part of the work we do may be to help strengthen your understanding and resilience to life’s difficulties.

About Me

I have worked as a counsellor and in mental health services since 2007 after my interest in supporting others led me away from retail management.

As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) I practice to the standards set within their ethical framework.

I enjoy helping people to acknowledge their own strengths.

I recognise it can be difficult to feel enough in today's culture where we are encouraged to measure our worth based on our appearance, the work we do or how ‘busy’ we are.

I value compassion, connection, and acceptance and aim to place this at the basis of my work with you.

I am originally from Sheffield and there are many things I love about the city.

these include the access to green space and having the open countryside on the doorstep.

I'm interested in the connection between mind and body and how this relates to our wellbeing.

Yoga is something I practice regularly (always practicing never perfecting) as one way of looking after my psychological and physical needs.

I am passionate about mental health and have a worked as a senior and clinical manager in services providing support in the voluntary sector and overseeing the operation of inpatient eating disorder treatment.

I have experience of providing clinical supervision to counsellors as well as case management for a range of healthcare workers including occupation therapists and mental health nurses.

TODAY IS THE DAY EVERYTHING CHANGES

Specialist Areas

Food Issues / Body Image

I know that moving away from problems can be difficult, which is particularly true for people experiencing issues with food. I understand that you may be in two minds about changing. Part of the work may be about developing a healthier relationship with food, the body, and yourself. I will support you to explore this and look at ways at increasing your motivation to move forward.

Low Self-Esteem

How we see ourselves and how we think others see us can have a big effect on our lives.
It can also affect how we treat ourselves.
Counselling can be a way to address low self-esteem. this might involve helping you become more assertive, knowing how to state what your needs are. This in turn can be key to feeling better about ourselves.

Relationship Difficulty

This may be a relationship with a partner, family member or problems linked to around forming and maintaining relationships or friendships. Work in this area has included supporting clients who are affected by a difficult relationship or help in understanding underlying issues and patterns of behavior which may be affecting specific relationships.

My Approach

The approach I use is integrative which means I am trained in a combination of specific counselling approaches.

I like to work in this way because it allows me to be flexible to suit your needs.

My approach sees you as the expert in your own life and aims to help you gain new perspectives and move away from difficulties.

I will share tools that may help you to do this.

I draw upon Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Solution Focused techniques, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness to help support clients.

My additional training includes approaches to support people experiencing a range of eating/food difficulties including binge eating, purging and restrictive eating and overcoming problems with body image and over exercising.

We can all be affected by issues from the past and difficulties in the present.

It is not unusual to feel low, anxious, stressed or confused sometimes.

We may have a lack of confidence or have ways of behaving which trouble us.

Coming to counselling can help begin to face and start to change some of these problems.

MAKE AN APPOINTMENT

What To Expect

Sessions are usually 50 minute slots and happen weekly.

The first session will be an initial consultation.

We will discuss your specific needs and we can start to decide what your aims for an outcome might be.

I will explain more about the way I work and you will have a chance to ask me questions to help you decide if you want to begin counselling with me.

This might mean short, medium, or longer term work, and we will decide this between us.

It does not matter if at first you are unsure about what you want to change or resolve,again, we can discuss and decide upon this between us.

I tend to meet my clients at the same day and time every week, it’s important that you attend sessions regularly to get the most out of them.

Where you can commit to regular sessions you will be more likely to achieve the outcomes you are looking for.

Even though it is important to have consistent appointments, I do understand that at times this is not possible and I can offer some flexibility where this happens.

Please contact me for more information

Social Media

Using social media can have a negative impact upon our psychological well-being and self-worth.

In my practice Instagram, I share images and information with the aim of challenging the more unhelpful messages these platforms can convey.

Social media can be a place for communicating compassion acceptance of both self and others if we choose to make it so.

My Positive Instagram

Supervision

I am trained to deliver clinical supervision and have experience of providing this to counsellors and other health professionals.

My aim is to provide a constructive and supportive space.

I work in an integrative way and my supervision training involves working together to prioritise the needs of the client, however my aim is to support supervisees professional development, conduct and their personal wellbeing.

In addition, supervision aims to attend to the importance of the relationships held with clients and the organisation/environment within which supervisees practice. 

I am able to offer the following forms of Supervision;

 Counselling Supervision:

I am able to offer clinical supervision to both trainee counsellors and therapists and those who are qualified and working either in an organisation or in private practice.

My aim is to provide a constructive and supportive space whereby we meet regularly to discuss your caseload face to face.

These sessions are conducted at my base in S6 but I do have some availability in S11.

Specific Case Supervision:

This is Supervision to practicing counsellors who feel thy need additional support in working with an individual client with Eating Disorder related concerns.

In this instance Supervision with me must be in addition to your regular Supervision arrangement elsewhere.

As we will not be looking at your wider client work. This may be conducted face-to-face, via the telephone.

Supervision For Health And Social Care Professionals:

This includes those not working in a counselling role but who are working in a mental health or helping organisation, either for work directly related to clients or management supervision for those in a therapeutic or clinical leadership role. In this instance, sessions are planned to happen regularly and are delivered face to face.

My standard fee for supervision is £50 for a 60-minute session.

This rate is negotiable for charitable organisations.

I also offer a concessionary rate to trainee counsellors in placements.

I have previous experience of mentoring trainee counsellors in an organisational setting and previous experience of delivering management to support individuals working within and managing clinical teams.

Please contact me for more details or for a free initial consultation session to talk more about how we might work together in supervision.

Get In Touch





Counselling in Sheffield Claire Wood
Sheffield S6 S11
07593 606663

DIP HE Counselling
BA Hons Health And Social Care Management