Claire Dyson BA (Hons). Integrative-Relational Counselling and registered member of the BACP.
I offer a non-judgemental breathing space in which you can put the World on hold and, with no one making demands on you, reflect, pinpoint what’s really troubling you, get to the root cause then choose what, if anything, you want to do about it. My area of special interest is helping people who have developed the habit of managing their feelings by eating (also known as emotional eating, comfort eating, over eating , binge eating or bingeing.)
I am an “integrative-relational counsellor” meaning once I have met you, I pick the best from several types of therapy (buzzwords you may have heard like CBT, person-centred, humanistic, psychodynamic, mindfulness and so on) to make a blend tailored to you. Like a bespoke scent made especially for you rather than dousing you in the same perfume as all my other clients regardless of your preferences or needs.
Research shows* that of all the factors determining how well therapy goes our therapeutic relationship accounts for 30% of likely success, hence “relational” and my studying a degree which taught me how to make best use of our relationship.
I am a member of the team delivering counselling to patients at a busy Surrey GP surgery and I work with The Counselling Partnership, a BACP accredited charity which offers counselling for anxiety and depression from three locations in Surrey.
I also run a private practice from my base in Weybridge. Before re-training as a counsellor I worked for 28 years in the private sector so I have insight into the stresses and strains of balancing work and life as well as experience of the ups and downs of life generally.
Broadly people come to me for one of two reasons:
They’re stuck in a situation which has become intolerable and they feel powerless to do anything about it. The work here is to help them see that they do have choices, that their situation (or their attitude towards it) can be changed.
Presenting issues might be: anger outbursts, anxiety (which may involve panic attacks), compulsive eating (my area of special interest), feeling overwhelmed by life, stress, sexual orientation at odds with sexuality presented and low self-esteem.
something terrible has happened to them (or someone they know). In this situation my role is to support the client as they assimilate what has happened, accommodate it and find a new way to go on. The work starts with sitting with them in their pain and distress for as long as it takes for their anguish to move from “front and centre from waking to sleeping” to “present with out being completely debilitating”. Then the work shifts to helping them adjust their lives to a “new normal”.
An example would be any great loss so: death, relationship break-up, diagnosis with a terminal illness or dementia, caring for someone with dementia, the reality of encroaching old age, miscarriage, circumstantial childlessness, confidence or a job (and with it a sense of who they are).
My approach is not only to work with you on those, apparently mystifying, forces that hold you in a tangled and unhappy present but also draw on your strengths as we go so as to boost your self-belief that you can untangle your life.
As mentioned previously, my area of particular interest is working with those who express their emotional distress through bouts of over-eating (also known as emotional eating, comfort eating or binge eating) which feel addictive or compulsive.
I do this as a licenced practitioner of The Understanding your Eating Programme which was developed from research carried out by Julia Buckroyd, Emeritus Professor of Counselling of the University of Hertfordshire and Honorary Fellow of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
Understanding Your Eating helped me end 35 years of “yo-yo dieting” and utter bafflement as to why one moment my eating would be fine and the next I’d be gripped by a drive to eat so overwhelming I felt some alien force was controlling my body.
Initially I shied away from working in this field concerned I could not be objective on this issue. Then clients and patients began to cross my path who were expressing their emotional distress through their eating and my lack of shock and judgement at what they told me, the fact I “got” it and my consequent strong empathy turned out to be invaluable hence formalising things and training to becoming an Understanding Your Eating licensed practitioner. Please click this link for more information Understanding Your Eating Programme
To find out more probably the best thing to do is come along and experience what it would be like to work together by having a (non-chargeable) “chemistry test” session.
To book please call +44 (0)7950 986 085 or email email@example.com
I look forward to hearing from you and to the prospect of working with you.
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* = Assay, T. P., & Lambert, M. J. (1999). The empirical case for the common factors in therapy: Quantitative findings. In M. A. Hubble, B. L. Duncan, & S. D. Miller (Eds.), The heart and soul of change: What works in therapy (pp. 33-56). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.