Hi, I’m Claire, an affirmative Humanistic Integrative Counsellor, trained in CBT and Trauma Informed based in Shaftesbury, Dorset and online. I provide counselling for individual adults (16+) on a short term and long term basis. Thank you for visiting my website.
Together we can explore the difficulties you are facing in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space so you can become more self aware and understand the challenges you are facing better, finding ways to make better and more positive choices in your life.
We can work together in person in Shaftesbury or online from anywhere in the UK. I can help with a range of issues you may be dealing with, such as trauma, anxiety, low self esteem, confidence, depression and eating disorders. For more information about me and my background, please see my 'About me'.
“The Power of Empathy – I’m in it with you, I’m not here to fix you. I’m not here to feel it for you, I’m here to feel with you and let you know you’re not alone.”
“Having ‘burnt out’ at work, I was referred to Claire and it was the best thing for me. Both personally and professionally. Her gentle, kind and non-judgemental approach allowed me to identify areas of my life that needed rebalancing. Claire helped me set boundaries within my life allowing me to realign and get back to work whilst helping me to understand how I act, what I want to change and how to do it! I miss our sessions with Claire, but I know she is there if I ever need her.” — Amelia
I pride myself on building a respectful, trusting and safe connection with my clients, offering a warm, supportive space in order for them to feel safe and really heard. It’s in this vulnerable, intimate and confidential space that our work together begins.
Here we can explore your feelings, thought patterns and behaviours, working with your inner resources to create some clarity, I won’t give you the answers, but I’ll work with you reflectively to find those answers that you hold within you. Collaboratively we can address life’s blocks and emotional hurdles which often hinder us from living our happiest and fullest lives. We can negotiate these challenges together and effect change.
Trauma is the emotional response to a distressing event or series of events such as a natural disaster, an accident, abuse, neglect. Trauma can have a long lasting impact, and you may experience flashbacks, anxiety, sleep problems, panic attacks or disassociation. Without treatment, it can impact on your confidence and self esteem, your relationships and your life choices. Together, we can explore the root cause of your trauma so you can learn how to cope with your trauma and live your life the way you want to.
Humanistic Integrative Counselling sees you as a whole person – mind, body, feelings and spirit. It works on the idea that you have the power to change yourself, your relationship to others and to society. My role is to help you take responsibility for your choices, your ability to find your answers from within so you can realise your potential.
For more information about my counselling approaches, see my ‘Working with me’ section below.
When you contact me for the first time, we will have a free 30 minute session which can take place either face to face or online, whichever is most convenient for you. This gives you a chance to explain the struggles that you are dealing with and for me to find out more about you. You can also ask any questions about counselling before we decide if we are a good therapeutic fit and if we want to work together. If we agree to work together, I will give you a contract with all the details you need as well as information regarding confidentiality and GDPR.
For counselling, we will work together on a session by session basis so you are not committed to a series of sessions. If CBT-E or CBT-T is more suitable to help with your eating disorder we will book all sessions in straight away.
For CBT-E, there is one session in the first week, in weeks 2 to 4, there are 2 session per week and from then on there is one session per week. We can discuss any flexibility you require about the frequency of your session in the first appointment.
I’m a humanistic integrative counsellor committed to helping adults face to face or online in the Shaftesbury, Dorset area, my approach is person-centred, this is a non-judgemental way of working, where I will endeavour to create the right conditions to help you increase your self awareness, to step closer to reaching your full potential. I offer short term counselling and long term, open ended therapy services.
My work focuses on incorporating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy specifically for eating disorders (CBT-E) to support people in identifying overcoming blocks preventing them from achieving their full potential. I use different theoretical models and approaches to ensure all sessions are tailored to individual needs.
As an integrative counsellor, I can draw upon a range of modalities in our sessions together. Everyone is unique, so I will tailor our sessions around your specific needs and goals. This may include:
Cognitive behavioural therapy is a form of psychotherapy that can help you learn to manage your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. It's based on the idea that how we feel is influenced by our thoughts and our behaviour.
Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) aims to help you change unhelpful thinking patterns, so they don't affect your emotions or actions. It also focuses on changing unhelpful behaviours, so they no longer cause problems for you.
CBT-E is a collaborative form of therapy, designed to help you, if you have an eating disorder, to re-establish a healthy relationship with food and your body, while addressing the emotional and behavioural effects of eating disorders.
CBT-E treatment goes through 4 stages, first gaining a mutual understanding of your issues around food and your body weight. The next stage in the process involves reviewing your progress and working together to develop a plan. Stage three focuses on the processes and skills needed to address you issues around food and your weight, and stage four reviews the changes you have made and helps you develop ways to sustain your progress in the future.
The person-centred approach is based on the belief that individuals have an innate capacity for growth and self-awareness. By providing a supportive and non-directive space, I help you to tap into your own resources and insights, and to develop greater self-understanding and self-acceptance.
In person-centred counselling, I create a safe and non-judgmental environment in which you are encouraged to explore your thoughts, feelings, and experiences. I listen attentively, offer empathy and understanding, and work collaboratively with you to help you identify your own goals and solutions.
In gestalt counselling, I work collaboratively with you to help you become more aware of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in the present moment. I encourage you to explore your experiences in a holistic way, paying attention to your physical sensations, emotions, and thoughts.
The gestalt approach also emphasizes the importance of personal responsibility and self-awareness. I help you to identify patterns of behaviour that may be limiting your growth or causing you difficulties, and encourage you to take responsibility for your choices and actions.
Transactional analysis (TA) helps individuals understand their own behaviour and communication patterns, as well as those of others. The main goal of TA counselling is to help you improve your communication skills, increase your self-awareness, and gain a greater understanding of your own emotions and behaviours.
In TA counselling, I help you to identify your ego states (Parent, Adult, and Child) and to understand how these states interact with each other. I also help you to recognize your own patterns of communication and behaviour, and to identify any negative patterns that may be contributing to your problems.
Trauma, whether it is childhood trauma or trauma you have suffered from a distressing event, can profoundly affect you and influence your thoughts, feelings and behaviours for a long time. It can prevent you from maintaining healthy relationships, it can affect your self esteem and self confidence, and it can also lead to problems with anxiety, sleep, or just carrying on with your daily life. Together, we can explore the root cause of your trauma, so you can better understand how it affects your feelings and behaviours, and we can help you develop ways to cope with trauma so you are able to live your life to the full.
Sadly, in modern society, eating disorders are a common condition that many people suffer from. There are many reasons why you may have developed an unhealthy relationship with food, a distorted perception of your body and an obsession with your weight. However, there is hope in the form of counselling. When we work together, we will explore the cause of your eating disorder so you can better understand why you feel the way you do about your body and your weight. Through counselling, you will be able to re-establish healthy eating habits and help you find ways to control your thoughts, feelings and behaviours.
I am also available to work with a range of challenges you may be facing, such as:
Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME
Cultural issues, Depression
Health related issues
Stress / Post-traumatic stress
Work related issues
For in person counselling, my practise is based in Shaftesbury, Dorset, which is accessible from Warminster, Frome, Wincanton, Blandford Forum, Sherborne, Tisbury, Gillingham and the surrounding areas.
My consulting room is private and comfortable, located in a multi service facility in Shaftesbury, close to the centre of town, on the Wincombe Business Park. It is on a main bus route and there is free parking available.
Sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £40 per session.
Availability: Wednesday and Saturday – days and evenings – 8am – 8pm
Cancellation Policy: If, for any reason, you are unable to make a session, please give 24 hours’ notice to avoid being charged in full for the session. If you are able to give more than 24 hours’ notice, we can reschedule your appointment for another time.
We can all develop unhealthy coping mechanisms to hide and suppress the root of problems. Avoiding and not addressing these can become dangerous and even life threatening, meaning you are surviving – not thriving.
My background work was in Leisure Management sector, predominantly in the fields of education, training and working with high-performance athletes, giving me first hand insight and experience into the pressures people face when trying to excel in their careers, lives and relationships. Sometimes over working and neglecting other parts of their lives all in a stride to live up to expectations – placed on themselves, by others and society.
After developing an unhealthy coping mechanism to deal with life events, a struggle with my preferences and the huge pressure to have a certain body type whilst working within a physical fitness industry, I sought help and support.
I’ve always had a passion and interest in helping people and helping people achieve their goals in life. My counselling training journey came about from this and a desire to give back for the help I had personally received. Since then I have volunteered at Sexual Trauma and Recovery Services (STARS) working with adult survivors of sexual assault, receiving specialist training. I also volunteered at an eating disorder agency, again receiving specialist training.
Outside of my private practice I am the Therapeutic Service Manager for an eating disorder charity and I volunteer for Victim support. If you are ready to explore what is getting in your way and what to do next, then drop me an email to arrange a consultation.
©Claire Rylatt Counselling
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