About Me

My name is Claire and I am a fully qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with 8 years experience. I am passionate about the work I do, and offer a warm, open space where clients feel heard and understood. I aim to work collaboratively to help you understand your feelings and experiences in a greater depth and find a way forward.

I work in a person-centred way, allowing clients to bring what they need to each session and aim to be flexible in the way I work with them. I have a strong belief in equality and intersectionality, and aim to provide a non-judgemental space where I support and understand clients and the experiences they bring with them, seeing them as an individual, but also taking into account the societal context in which we live and the impact this can have on us.

I enjoy being able to work with a broad range of people with varied experiences and needs. I have particular experience in working with LGBTQIA clients and young people (in particularly trans and non-binary clients), however I have successfully built relationships with clients with a wide range of identities, age ranges, backgrounds, experiences and mental health issues in a non-pathologising way.

My journey as a counsellor began from the other side of therapy as a client. My own experiences of therapy, both good and bad, have influenced my practice and what I want to offer as a therapist. Additionally, I feel my own experiences are something that aid me in supporting others, knowing all too well the difference being fully heard and understood can make. Before training as a counsellor I worked in various roles, including in the charity sector, translation, teaching, as well as being involved in organising and co-coordinating grassroots women’s arts projects.

Current and past roles:

  • within NHS sexual health, LGBT Y, director at Kaleidoscope,
  • Employee Assistance Programme Counsellor
  • Peer Support Worker with Scottish Association for Mental Health
  • Student counsellor at City of Glasgow College

Training:

  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling & Psychotherapy (University of Strathclyde)
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling (University of Strathclyde)
  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (Level 1)
  • Working with autism and neurodiversity
  • Sexual trauma, childhood sexual abuse, blah
  • Working with Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Working with Domestic Abuse (particularly in LGBTQI relationships)
  • APCCA! Carolyn Spings
  • Online counselling training (I’ll need to finish it though eh
  • Existential and pluralistic inputs
  • Pink Therapy advanced practioner certificate of study (ongoing)