Welcome

I am an experienced and qualified counsellor working with adults, children and teenagers. Zen Rocks I own and run a small private counselling practice in Marlow, Buckinghamshire which is only a short walking distance from Marlow railway station and high street and is conveniently located for Maidenhead, Bourne End, High Wycombe, Cookham, and Henley-on-Thames.

My philosophy is simple, we all need to talk but I’m aware that sometimes it's difficult to talk to those closest to us about the things that trouble us most . That's where it can be helpful to talk to a counsellor; someone experienced who is not emotionally involved and who is trained to hear you without judging or giving advice. I believe we all have the ability to overcome and accept most things in life– however at times we need support to do this and even just to keep our head above water. As a counsellor I will work with you, respecting your autonomy, your values and culture although I may at times challenge you.

I appreciate how difficult it can be, particularly at times of stress to even know where to start. If this is the case you may just want to give me a call, email or text me to find out a little more or to talk confidentially about your particular situation.

The information on the following pages will hopefully explain a little more about what I can offer.

Claire Harding (MBACP)

Claire

Before qualifying as a counsellor I had a long career in HR and it was only after I took redundancy that I decided to set about achieving a long held ambition to train as a counsellor. For me it was a natural transition having always had an open door policy at work with staff and colleagues requesting to see me to discuss a particular problem or to share something that was on their mind. During this time I became aware of how communication plays an important part in meeting individual needs - how important it is to have a voice and be heard.

I have a diploma in Person Centred counselling although this is complemented by training in other approaches. I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy and I am bound by and adhere to its Ethical Framework for Good Practice. I am committed to ongoing professional development and regularly attend professional training, workshops, conferences and seminars; I also receive regular supervision in order to maintain a high level of competence. I hold full professional liability insurance and an enhanced DBS check.

In addition to my private work, I am a volunteer for Cruse Bereavement Care and I am a member of a team who volunteer support during major sporting and cultural events across the country and for major incidents – in fact I was one of only a handful of Cruse counsellors on standby at the London 2012 Olympics. I have also provided counselling services for a local youth advisory centre as well as having worked extensively with young people in secondary schools .

About Counselling

We all have times in our lives when we struggle with something or encounter difficulties. When this happens some people will bottle up their feelings, others will possibly take out their frustrations on family and friends or simply just not feel quite right themselves.

Counselling is an opportunity to talk about what troubles you have without the fear of upsetting anyone, to be listened to in a way which hopefully assists you to understand yourself better, including your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

It can help you to explore difficult feelings and work out some ways of living your life more positively or constructively.

The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity for you to work towards living in a way you feel is more satisfying and resourceful.

Sometimes, but not always, counselling feels like hard work. You may experience difficult and painful emotions along the way. It can also be an interesting and helpful experience which enables many people to feel much happier and positive about themselves and their lives. Counselling will benefit anyone who is open to change or to find better ways of coping as well as willing to look thoughtfully and honestly at themselves or their problems with the assistance of a counsellor.

Some of the issues I work with include :
  • Loss or bereavement
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Low confidence
  • Life's challenges
  • Trauma
  • General apathy & Unhappiness with Life
  • Stress

Please note this list is not exhaustive.

Appointments

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I offer daytime and evening appointments; occasionally I can also see clients at weekends or at short notice.

I am able to offer an initial free no obligation half hour appointment if you would like to meet me. This first contact is important for both of us to see if we feel we could work together. If you are a parent or guardian reading this I’m more than happy for you to accompany your child/teenager for part of this session. You may then want to book an appointment or take some time to consider whether counselling is right for you.

Subsequent sessions are 60 minutes and are usually weekly. Regular reviews are held and you can of course terminate counselling whenever you wish to. That said I have clients who I have seen on and off over the years who simply see me when they feel the need – life happens!

Costs

£40 for a 1 hour session payable by cash or cheque on the day.

A reduction may be possible if on a low income or unemployed, I also offer a reduced fee for students and trainees.

 

Cancellations

I understand that sometimes appointments need to be cancelled or re-arranged. There is no charge if 24 hours' notice is given.

Contact Me

Please do not hesitate to get in touch with me if you have any further questions or would like to make an appointment. Call directly on: 07733 075361. If you are unable to reach me please leave a message and I will call back as soon as possible. All messages left for me are confidential.
 
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Location

Marlow
Buckinghamshire
SL7 1QT
E-mail: Claire@clairehardingcounselling.co.uk

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