Clare BremnerCognitive behaviour therapy therapist
I am passionate about breaking down barriers that hinder people from seeking therapy and would love to see more and more people trying therapy, and having a beneficial experience of it.One of the reasons I became a therapist was seeing, on the one hand, how much therapy had helped people I knew and, on the other, knowing many people who could really benefit from therapy but were not encouraged or able to access it. Life can be hard enough without unnecessary burdens making it harder.
In particular, I believe Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and compatible approaches like Compassion Focussed Therapy and Solution Focussed Brief Therapy, can be helpful to a great many people over a range of issues and often within a short time scale: Anxiety, Depression, , Social Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, Trauma, Bereavement, Low Self-Esteem, Insomnia, Weight Problems among others. CBT and Compassion Focussed Therapy can also be helpful for anyone having difficulties Post Abortion, mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents or medical & nursing staff.
CBT uses the way out thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all linked to help us make the changes we want to make in our lives. It is very well researched and has already helped countless people to change how they think, feel and act for the better.
If you are considering counselling but putting off contacting a therapist for any reason, please feel free to contact me to discuss it. I will normally respond to all enquiries within a few hours, certainly less than 24 hours, Mon-Sat.
What I can offer clients: Within a safe, accepting, non-judgmental, therapeutic relationship, you are recognised as the expert in your life, your goals and your best interests are paramount. Confidentiality is kept strictly, within the usual legal and safeguarding limits. While working collaboratively on your current issues and goals, you also become equipped with CBT tools which can help you, in effect, become your own therapist. This can help you deal with what life may throw at you even long after therapy has ended.
The number of sessions will be agreed and reviewed without any obligation, financial or otherwise, if you decide to stop attending or, for whatever reason, cannot continue. (See below for Cancellations)
We can meet face to face at either location, both of which are next to train stations, or when appropriate at your home. Alternatively we can work together via secure Video Call or Voice Only Call. Video or Voice calls can allow you to choose a time that really suits you and can overcome many practical difficulties that might otherwise prevent you from accessing therapy.
I am a member of ACC (Association of Christian Counsellors) bound by their Ethics and Code of Practice. I have a current PVG.
Issues often worked with
Initial Session: 30 mins free of charge and without obligation
Individual Session: 50 mins £30 via Video Call or local Home Visit where appropriate, or £39 at either location above. If required, 90 mins £45 via Video Call or local Home Visit where appropriate, or £58 at either location above
Group Session - by agreement
VIDEO CALL is by Vsee or other secure platform both free to download and use. I don't use Skype for security reasons.
There is no financial obligation to a certain number of sessions. Cancellations will only be charged for the next session if made at short notice and to cover costs such as room hire.
Training and qualifications
Qualified Cognitive Behaviour Therapist: Diploma in Counselling & Group Work - a CBT Approach
COSCA Certificate Counselling Skills
ASIST Suicide Prevention Training
CPD on Trauma, Emotional Regulation, Grief