A little bit about me

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Alongside my private practice, I work as a Volunteer Therapist for a local bereavement charity; I visit families in their homes and offer support to the adults and young people in exploring and  processing their grief. I also work as a Counsellor at a local GP Surgery, one morning per week.  


In my spare time I like to be out and about in nature. I enjoy walking my dogs  in the countryside and by the sea; I often have my camera to hand to capture those moments in time. I love to travel, in the UK and further afield, and I also enjoy kayaking, swimming and yoga.  When not outside, I can usually be found cooking, or reading a good book.


 Qualifications and Training:


  • BSc (Hons) Psychology
  • Post Graduate Certificate in Education: Psychology and Science
  • Level 3 Award in Counselling Skills and Theory
  • Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Practitioner Skills for Eating Disorders (from the National Centre for Eating Disorders)
  • Nutritional Interventions for Eating Disorders (from the National Centre for Eating Disorders)
  • Diploma in Working Therapeutically with Young People


Further Training (one day workshops):


  • Sandplay
  • Transactional Analysis
  • Transactional Analysis Life Scripts
  • Somatic Resourcing
  • Treating intrusive thoughts and the inner critical voice
  • Eating Disorders: The season of excess
  • Eating Disorders Summer Conference
  • PODS Trauma and the Body: Dissociation and Somatisation
  • PODS Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors
  • PODS Child Sexual Abuse: Hope for Healing
  • PODS Distress: Working with Suicide & Self Harm
  • Rewind Trauma Technique Practitioner Training



Why Counselling ?

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Counselling is a process which can support you to bring about change and transformation in your life. It can help with positive events such as choosing a direction or reaching your full potential. It can also help at those times when you are feeling 'a bit stuck'. 


Perhaps you have unresolved matters from your past, or present, experiences that you would like to tackle to bring about positive change in your life. Maybe you are feeling really down, afraid, lost, confused, desperate, angry  or overwhelmed. It may be that you feel like you're existing, rather than living- perhaps you've reached the point where you're unsure if you want to go on living your life the way it currently is.


If you are considering counselling, know that this is a strength, not a weakness; it takes courage to recognise that you are struggling, and to reach out. Talking to someone with no hidden agenda, who will not compare your life to theirs, who will always listen without judging no matter what you bring, who is respectful of you and offers unconditional empathy, can bring about a new awareness of how you feel, think and behave.


Counselling is a relationship like no other you will ever experience. It is a time and a space, for you... And you alone.


I read a quote recently which said, "Beautiful things happen when you engage in therapy and the power of the human soul." Having had counselling myself, and being a counsellor for others, I completely agree with this statement; beautiful things really do happen.

How I can support you

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I believe that the most important element for counselling to work effectively is the relationship between client and counsellor. This relationship is an equal partnership; one that is built on honesty, trust, empathy, equality, genuineness and acceptance. I want you to feel safe and accepted and able to be your true self in our relationship, rather than conforming to conditions placed upon you- by others, or by society. This is your time, just for you.


Just as each person is unique, so too can be said for the client-counsellor experience. My approach to counselling is integrative and adapted to each client. This means that I do not follow a particular theoretical approach to counselling, but that I draw upon several different approaches to provide you with a truly unique counselling experience that meets your needs. For some people, counselling is talking and being heard; for others, it is using creative materials to express feelings.


I offer a free 45 minute session so that we can meet and you can ask any questions you want to. This time is important because you will develop a feel for whether I am the right counsellor for you. I like to use the analogy of trying on new shoes to describe what finding the right counsellor feels like; some aren't quite right for us, others feel okay but there's something a little bit uncomfortable, and then there's the pair that are an excellent fit and we know, straight away, that they will provide everything we need to travel the roads ahead.



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Claire Goss Counselling

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Hours

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9:30 am – 8:00 pm

Monday - Thurs: 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday: 2:00pm - 9:00 pm

Sat: 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed Sunday