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諮商地點: 英國布里斯托市中心

Bristol Natural Health Service​ 

(407 Gloucester Road BS7 8TS)

email: clairechien7@gmail.com

mobile: (+44) 07551 543348

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Together we will find a way to move forward.

     迎向陽光,生命一定會有出路!

Claire has been seeing private clients since she completed her MA in psychotherapy and counselling in London in 2015. Due to her academic and business background, she has help many clients deal with stress, anxiety and depression, etc. She is also trained as a bereavement counsellor, supporting clients to go through loss, crisis as well as transitional life stages. On top of that, Claire has strong interest and experience working with women who are encountering difficult pregnancy journey, either having miscarriages, infertility issues or considering/going through IVF. Please read below for more information.  

Stress from the competitive academic/business world 

Claire understands the busy and competitive life in the business world. She went to National Taiwan University, the best in Taiwan, and then started working at one of the top international consulting firms. How to cope with stress related to study or work is one of the main reason clients come to therapy. Many are suffering somatic symptoms, insomnia, 

depression or anxiety.

Losing jobs and relationships. What's next?

After several years in the hectic business life pursuing money and achievement, Claire felt her life was empty - there was something missing. Following a marriage breakdown, she decided to travel to Europe. During that time, she did a foundation course of psychotherapy and realised that was her true calling. She spent several years in London to complete the MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent's College (founded by Emmy Van Derzen and well known for its Existential orientation.)

Transitions in life - a turning point. 

Such big changes are like an old Chinese saying: a crisis is a turning point. Feeling confused, not knowing what to do next, losing everything you built up - may seem terrifying at the beginning, but it can also be a great opportunity to find out what you really want in life. Many clients come to therapy due to mid-life crisis, considering whether they should change their careers or encountering adversity (such a loss of job, health, loved ones or relationships) - in need of support to navigate major transitions. 

Multi-cultural environment/marriage. How to fit in and feel belong? 

After ten years in London, Claire relocated to Bristol a few years ago. Her husband is a European. The differences of East and West in philosophy, culture and social codes impact not only on her work but also her relationships. She understands the challenges for people to fit into social networks, belong to communities and adapt to multi-cultural contexts. Clients often feel overwhelmed by social media. They spend so much time on their smart phones but still feel lonely and isolated. We all need to feel part of something. How to make nourishing connections and relationships in which we feel accepted, instead of pretending, putting on an image to avoid anticipated rejection or criticism? Claire has supported 

clients from different countries, cultural backgrounds or in multi-cultured relationships in building lasting and genuine social connections.   

From womanhood to motherhood.

Claire has worked with many women who encountered challenges when entering intimate relationships, having a marriage life worth keeping, or becoming a mother. Many people do not know how to be intimate in relationships, there are strong fears or destructive emotional patterns which need to be worked through before they can commit. The road to becoming a mother is often not easy: trying to get pregnant, miscarriages, infertility issues or birth trauma, etc. Claire has substantial experience in helping clients exploring and working through such difficulties.  

Loss and bereavement. ​

Claire is also a writer. Her latest book about counselling and psychotherapy was published in Taiwan in March 2018 (available in Mandarin). It covers experiences of dealing with losses on personal and collective levels. Loss is an inevitable experience that, sooner or later, we all will encounter. In East-Asian cultures it is all too often still a taboo subject. We neither know how to be with the intense emotions which are triggered by grief (such as anger, sadness, and fear), nor could we offer empathic company to others who are bereaved. Working through losses is, however, essential for being able to again feel love, connection and hope in life. 

Professional training & Qualifications:

  • MA in Psychotherapy & Counselling (Regent's College, London), 2009-2014. 

  • Post- Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Guidance through Transpersonal Dreamwork (Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy Education, London), 2013-2014.

  • Claire has experience of volunteering in bereavement counselling in a hospice as well as several years of seeing private clients. She is a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) .

    

台灣長大、在香港住過三年,於2007年來到英國。Claire對於東西方的文化差異有著深刻的理解,特別專長於協助個案在面對人生中不預期的改變、危機、或未來有諸多的不確定,覺得徬徨焦慮時,能夠深入探索內心的資源,找到生命的出路。

專業訓練

  • 心理治療&諮商碩士(位於倫敦的攝政學院,原隸屬威爾斯大學) 2009-2014

  • 學士後解夢文憑課程(位於倫敦的諮商與心理治療教育學院)2013-2014

  • 英國心理諮商及心理治療協會註冊會員

Claire的最新著作'失去之後'於2018年3月在台灣出版,這是一本關於面對失去與走過哀傷的心理書籍,這些無可避免的人生經驗,在亞洲文化卻還是很少談論的禁忌;然而學習與強烈的情緒(例如憤怒、哀傷、恐懼)共處,並發展同理心去陪伴身邊正在哀悼的人,才有可能讓我們重拾人生中的愛、連結、信任、希望與喜悅。

可購買電子書,請按此訂購

 
 

Psychotherapy 

There can be an old stigma associated with seeing a psychotherapist, a preconception of being asked "What's  wrong with you?". Nowadays  in the therapy room, however, we ask clients "What happened to you?". Every mental health difficulty, from depression, anxiety disorder, OCD to schizophrenia, can be seen as a response or coping strategies in order to survive. That is why it is pointless for your friends to tell you "don't think too much/don't be so anxious." What you really need is to be supported in making sense of how you are affected by whatever happened to you physically, emotionally or psychologically (due to e.g. a trauma, sudden change or adversity), so that you can then replace destructive patterns with a healthier coping strategy.  

Even when your life is crowded by work and/or family life, you may experience loneliness or a sense of emptiness, rejection or isolation which can cause all kinds of problems. Many clients come to therapy because they have been trying so hard to be accepted or to meet the expectations of others, but deep inside they feel they are

worthless, not lovable or never good enough. Particularly in modern days, people can feel addicted to smart phones without being aware that this often is due to their essential need to belong and feel connected with people.    

When clients come to therapy, the most important thing for me is to really listen and understand what is going on in their world. I meet a person with respect, empathy and sensitivity, particularly if you are from different cultures or religions. No matter what issues concern you, there must be some significance behind them. I aim to support you to understand what is stopping you to feel connected with yourself, people around you and the outside world, in order to explore and live a life that is surrounded by love, meaning and real fulfilment. 


My training background is integrative, meaning I do not have a fixed model to work with you; instead, I aim to understand your worldview and adapt to your needs. I provide a safe, confidential, trustworthy, non-judgemental and compassionate space for you to explore issues that you find difficult to deal with. In particular, I have a strong interest in working with dreams to help you be in touch with deeper feelings, the characters which have been repressed or dissociated, or your inner resources, such as intuition or spiritual guidance. Clients are encouraged to record dreams and bring them to therapy sessions

​I have experience in supporting clients in:

  • coping with stress, anxiety, worries, negativities, or depression (from study/work/relationships, etc.);

  • going through crisis, loss, bereavement or transitions/uncertainty in life; ​

  • going through IVF or coping with miscarriages/infertility issues; 

  • gaining clarity on thoughts, feelings and real needs in order to make difficult decisions or major life changes;

  • working through anger, shame, guilt or self-criticism/doubts so as to improve confidence, self-acceptance and self-worth;

  • recognising talents, potential, strength, resilience and other inner resources;   

  • integrating mind, body and feelings, particularly by using dreamwork;

  • dealing with family or relationship issues to develop intimacy, a deeper sense of inner security and a sense of belonging. It takes a lot of effort to build up and maintain good relationships. Often we need to learn how to love ourselves before we know how to love and take care of others. 

  • reconnecting with love, meaning and joy in life to improve your well-being. 

S​essions & availability

I provide psychotherapy to individual adults in English, Mandarin and Cantonese.

  • I offer a 15 minutes free telephone conversation to find out your reasons for wanting support at this time. 

  • We can arrange an initial session/assessment to discuss your needs and find out whether we could work together. This meeting usually involves information gathering.   

  • Sessions could be short (i.e. 6 to 12 sessions ) or long term (open ended), which we discuss together in our first session and then review on a regular basis.

  • Sessions are weekly, at the same time, on a specific day and last 50 minutes. It is important that you can commit to sessions regularly in order to gain the most out of your sessions.  

  • I currently offer face-to-face sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays: 10 am to 2 pm in central Bristol and Gloucester Road (BS7 area). Evening sessions are from 6-8pm on Wednesdays. 

  • I also have experience with and offer skype sessions.   

Fees 

  • £50 per session (could be £40 if you are a student.) 

  • Fees are payable in cash or by bank transfer. I can provide an invoice at the end of month.​

  • Cancellations with less than 48 hours notice require full payment.

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