Clare Benjamin

Clare Benjamin


Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07800 634309

Contact Clare

Therapist - Bristol

Bristol BS5
07800 634309
Sessions from £45.00

Features

  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

Availability

I have some availability to see clients on weekday afternoons and early evenings.  Please get in touch on 07800 634309 or email: clare@counsellingwithclare.com to find out more.

About me and my therapy practice

Counselling with Clare 

Hi, I’m Clare a qualified counsellor working in a relational and integrative way, and currently offering sessions online.

My holistic approach means that I will not see you as a set of symptoms or a problem to be solved, but will help you to take a good look at your life - with respect for your unique experience. With experience of working with people from a range of class and ethnic backgrounds, beliefs, faiths, ages and sexualities, I respect and value difference within and between us.

I understand how tough it can be to consider opening up to a counsellor, and will meet you with warmth, acceptance and care. 

Your counselling sessions can offer a safe space to explore what’s troubling you, to look at any obstacles getting in the way of you realising your hopes for yourself, and to experiment with making changes.

Support To Calm and Ground & Creative Ways to Access Insight

As we delve into what’s troubling you, I can draw on my background in working for health charities, in running creative, therapeutic ‘Writing for Wellbeing’ groups and as a Specialist Mentor supporting University students with mental health concerns, and with life/study/work balance. 

This experience equips me to offer you wellbeing strategies to help calm and ground, and creative ways to discover all the resources within you.

Together we can explore what you are struggling with, uncover what inspires and energises you, and look at how you want to move forward.  Just go to my website: https://counsellingwithclare.com for more information.

Practice description

A Safe Space To Find Yourself

My Approach To Counselling 

As a relational, integrative counsellor, I work in a person-centred and existential way. My priority will be building a relationship of trust, in which you can feel safe to share what you want and need to - at the pace and depth that’s right for you.

To help tailor sessions to your needs I also bring in a psychodynamic way of working and understanding of attachment - that is experience of early relationships with parents or caregivers - and of relationships now, and of how what is unconscious can show up in our lives. 

Working with parts of the self can help make space for parts of you, or your experience that may have been suppressed, neglected, shamed or disowned.

Resourcing You

As we explore your concerns, I can resource you in developing ways to calm and ground yourself, using personalised wellbeing tools like breath-work and visualisation.

In our work together I can also help you to pay attention to the unique, unconscious and intuitive wisdom to be found in your images, dreams, and bodily and energetic knowing.

Personalised prompts and suggestions for home practice (eg. for journalling or for breath-work) are available if wanted, and can help you to support and steady yourself between sessions, and to consolidate our work together.

This integrative way of working helps to ensure your counselling sessions can meet your individual needs, and can offer you creative and grounding ways to access all the resources within you. 

My first session

Getting Started

To find out more and explain what you are looking for, you can get in touch with me by emailing: clare@counsellingwithclare.com to either arrange a free phone conversation to help you decide - or if ready to do so, email or call me to arrange an online session.

Next you can choose to book an initial online counselling session of 50 minutes with me, to get a feel for how we might work together, and whether I am the right counsellor for you. 

This will be a chance to look together at what it bringing you to seek counselling now, and at your hopes for your counselling.  

I can also answer any questions you have and explain a bit more about counselling, my approach and what's involved in our working together.  If you have not had counselling before I can hopefully demystify the process a bit! 

After that first session, you can decide if you want to start counselling and if so, we would then set up a regular weekly session slot that would be reserved for you.

What I can help with

Abuse, Addictions, Anger management, Anxiety, Bereavement, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Obsessions, OCD, Personal development, Phobias, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Substance Dependency, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Creative therapy, Existential, Gestalt, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

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