Claire McAllister

Claire McAllister


Registered Member MBACP

Languages spoken: Spanish

Contact information

Phone number
07395618529

Contact Claire

Therapist - Hampshire

Hampshire SO45
07395618529
Sessions from £40.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

Please contact me for an initial chat and we can arrange a suitable time.

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified counsellor, teacher and musician working with an integrative approach which means I use an appropriate approach for each client depending on their needs. Some people need goal-orientated direction or specific ways of working whereas others prefer a more receptive, open style. As an integrative counsellor I could use any range of modalities depending on what is best for you the client, including for example, cognitive behaviour therapy, mindfulness and meditation, psychodynamic approaches, somatic intervention and person-centred counselling to name a few. My areas of specialisation are bereavement, loss, trauma, anxiety and depression and I work with adults over the age of 18. I abide by the code of ethics of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy, have regular supervision and am covered by Professional Indemnity Insurance. I have lived abroad so understand diversity and in addition can offer counselling in Spanish. I have also worked as a life coach and this goal orientated approach can sometimes blend well with the reflective aspect of counselling where we explore the causes of our feelings and behaviour. I have practised different forms of meditation including transcendental, mindfulness and Buddhist meditations. I have also studied different spiritual teachings and philosophies for many years.I came to counselling myself through trauma and bereavement in early life and found that there are always new paths and possible evolution even when we believe it impossible. 

Practice description

We will have an initial session to discuss the presenting issue and the best way forward for you to start to feel better. We will sign a counselling agreement form which states the terms and conditions of practice and then we will agree on a potential programme of 6, 10 or 12 weekly sessions and regularly review progress as we go. We can then adapt as necessary according to how you feel things are progressing. It may be that work goes to a deeper level and more sessions are required or that you may need strategies for specific difficulties such as anger management or lack of confidence in which case a shorter programme may be adequate. At times there may be a lot of talking at others silence because this work can elicit deep reflection about our lives. By asking questions, listening, offering feedback and perspective together we explore the best way for you to manage the situation and feel better. Sometimes I may suggest practices such as mindfulness or a creative exercise which challenges or puts a spotlight on habits which may be unhelpful. For work on trauma issues our sessions will be more focused on the body and physical practices.

Sessions are 55 minutes long over Zoom in a confidential setting. For face to face sessions we can arrange a walk and talk meeting in the New Forest or at my therapy space. Payment is in advance by bank transfer for online sessions or in cash for walk and talk/face to face sessions. Please contact me for a free initial chat using the details below, I look forward to speaking with you.

My first session

We will have an initial session to discuss the presenting issue and the best way forward for you to start to feel better. We will sign a counselling agreement form which states the terms and conditions of practice and then we will agree on a potential programme of 6, 10 or 12 weekly sessions and regularly review progress as we go. We can then adapt as necessary according to how you feel things are progressing. It may be that I also suggest other forms of support such as specific charities which work with your issue alongside our work. 

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cultural issues, Depression, Identity issues, Life coaching, Loss, Personal development, Post-traumatic stress, Relationships, Self esteem, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Cognitive, Creative therapy, Existential, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Transpersonal

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Time-limited