My name is Clare Elliot and I am a fully qualified and experienced Integrative Person Centred Psychotherapist/Counsellor providing face to face counselling and therapy within Biggar, Lanarkshire and online and telephone counselling to clients throughout the whole of the UK. I offer counselling to adults 18 years +, young people and children (aged 11 years – 18 years).
What brings you here?
Are you looking for ways of managing a challenging situation in your life, or uncomfortable feelings?
Are you struggling with a particular aspect of your life or are things that have happened in the past on your mind and upsetting you in your present?
Are you finding it difficult to manage the daily demands of your life?
Do you have a general feeling of being dissatisfied with yourself, others or your life?
“Let us not look back in anger, nor forward in fear, but around in awareness.”
I offer counselling to people who are looking for ways of managing uncomfortable emotions or difficult situations in their lives, struggling with certain aspects of life, or maybe just all of it. Counselling is an option for people who wish to attend to their self care and general well being and support their emotional health and promote their personal growth.
There is sometimes an assumption that counselling is only for people who have mental health issues (such as anxiety, depression or a serious mental health condition) and that a person has to be in crisis before counselling may be considered as an option of help. Counselling is an option for anyone who feels talking to a trained and skilled listener might be helpful. Counselling offers a safe, confidential space that’s just for you, to talk about the things you want to talk about.
Have you ever spoken to a family member, friends or other person in your life about a problem to be told that they have experienced that too, or to be given advice to fix the problem? I know from experience that this can feel really frustrating, dismissing and can even put us off from talking to others about how we are really feeling. I also know how good it feels to be really listened to by another person.
Counsellors are trained to really listen to how things are for you, and to work with you to find your own answers to your problems. You will not be told what to do, offered advice or told about what I did when that happened to me. You will be listened to, your thoughts, feelings and situation will be respected, you will be offered feedback and I will strive to gain a deep understanding of how things are for you so together we can work through whatever is going on for you.
“Time and reflection change the sight little by little till we come to understand.”
I will work with what you wish to bring into the counselling room. The person centred approach underpins my therapeutic work with clients, yet I also bring an integrative approach to my work. This means I draw on different specific therapies and combine these together enabling me to tailor myself to each client’s individual needs and unique circumstances.
I will provide a safe and confidential space to provide clients with the opportunity to share whatever is causing them emotional difficulty, inner conflict or creating disharmony in themselves and/or within their lives.
I believe that when we are given the opportunity to engage in a safe, confidential relationship, where the client feels deeply accepted, understood and is met with warmth and compassion, that it is possible to become more freely and clearly in touch with what is causing emotional difficulty. This provides an opportunity to re-evaluate your relationship with yourself, others and the world around you.
With this expanding self-awareness and shifting perception comes the potential of learning how to be more self-accepting and discovering one’s own answers and solutions, of how to manage presenting difficulties or uncomfortable emotions. In my experience it is through this process of greater clarity and deep self-acceptance that curiously positive change can occur.
“The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.”
When I am working with clients I pay close attention to the emotional element of their struggle. I believe that emotions are essentially an important part of your experience of self and others. Emotions can be really enjoyable when we are happy and confident, but can cause us to feel uncomfortable when we experience difficult life circumstances. We might feel anxious or angry and need support to be able to make sense of what happened to us and learn how we can deal with these difficult feelings. Painful emotions can hold us back in life. Negative emotions can change to more positive emotions when we are more aware of them and when we learn to accept them better. I support my clients to learn more helpful ways of dealing with their thoughts, feelings and behaviours so that they can find new ways of living and lead a more enjoyable, fulfilling life.
Counselling can empower us to learn how to manage and deal with any issue in life that we find is causing emotional difficulty or disturbance. Counselling can be helpful to process traumatic events, bereavement, difficult emotions such as anger, anxiety, depression or loneliness. Counselling can also support individuals experiencing significant life changes, such as ill health, loss of employment or divorce. Counselling can also benefit those who wish to process relationship difficulties, providing an opportunity to discover how to improve intimate/family relationships and the way you interact with people.
The number of sessions you need are entirely unique to each individual’s needs and set of circumstances and this can vary from just a few sessions to longer term work. Contracting of how many sessions and continuation of sessions will be discussed in our first session and during regular reviews of our therapeutic work together.
Individual Counselling for children, young people and adults costs £40 per 50 minute session or £60 per 80 minute session (face to face, telephone & video sessions)
Concession rates for counselling are available for students and individuals/families in receipt of low income at £30 per 50 minute session or £50 for 80 minute session (face to face, telephone & video sessions)
Supervision costs £45 per hour (face to face, telephone & video sessions) Discounted rates are available for students and those affected by low income. Please contact me to discuss.
I offer face to face counselling sessions from a room located on the High Street in Biggar, ML12. I offer remote online counselling (live video link) and telephone counselling sessions to clients based throughout the UK.
For more information about the services I provide or to book a counselling session please contact me using the form below. You can also call me on 07903318726 if you would like to speak to me first. I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation with no commitment required to book a first session. I will aim to respond to inquires received by email and telephone within 24 hours, excluding weekends.
If you are in crisis and require immediate support please view this page where you will find organisations you can contact.
Urgent Help & Support
If you are in a crisis or require immediate support, there are services that you can get in touch with:
Samaritans provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support for anyone who is struggling to cope – you don’t have to be suicidal.
Call: 116 123 (Free call, day or night, 365 days a year)
Text: 07725 90 90 90
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (24 hour response time)
Breathing Space is a free, confidential phone line service for any individual who is experiencing low mood and depression, or who is unusually worried and in need of someone to talk to.
Call: 0800 83 85 87 (free call)
Opening hours Monday – Thursday 6pm to 2am/Friday 6pm to Monday 6am.
Visit: www.breathingspace.scot to access webchat support
NHS 24 is a call centre operated by the NHS to provide patients with health advice and help over the phone when your usual GP services aren’t available. Referrals can also be made over the phone to crisis support and other mental health professionals out with normal GP practice working hours.
Call: 111 or if you think you need an emergency ambulance, call 999 and speak to the operator.
ChildLine is a counselling service for children and young people. You can contact ChildLine anytime any in these ways: You can phone, send an email, have a 1-1 chat, send a message to Ask Sam and you can post messages to the ChildLine message boards. Visit the website to find out more: www.childline.org.uk Call: 0800 1111