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諮商地點: 英國布里斯托市中心

The Practice Rooms

(55 Queen Square Bristol BS1 4LH)

​or

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!

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About me 關於我

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist registered with the BACP, offering weekly individual therapy sessions in central Bristol for adults on a short-term or long-term basis, in English, Mandarin and Cantonese. I have several years of experience of seeing private clients since completing my MA in Psychotherapy and Counselling at Regent’s University London, in 2014, and I developed a special interest in working with clients who find it difficult to cope with work stress or peer pressure. Many people compare themselves to others on social media and have highly critical voices toward themselves or feel they are not good enough. I also have extensive experience in working with anxiety and depression, cultural identity/belonging, multicultural relationships, life transitions and loss/bereavement as well as women struggling to become a mother.

 

My client groups range from university students to older adults, and across different cultural backgrounds. I believe everyone is unique and our relationship is the key to healing. Therefore, I aim to provide a safe, non-judgemental and reflective space so that together we could make positive changes. I welcome you to contact me for an initial meeting for which I offer a reduced rate of £30. It will be an opportunity to find out whether therapy is for you or to give yourself a little break and refresh your wellbeing.

 

Moreover, I am trained as a bereavement counsellor, supporting clients to go through loss, crisis as well as transitional life stages. Losing someone dear to us can unsettle and influence our lives on many levels. Seeking help during this time can help you find new meaning and direction in life. 

We could work either short-term or long-term; face-to-face or through Skype. I have seen clients online from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the US. Nowadays, many people live and work in different cities or countries. How to make meaningful new connections and find a sense of belonging is a crucial step to overcome loneliness, which could affect one’s health and happiness slowly but substantially.  

Apart from my private work, I am also a writer. Clients who want to explore or make use of their creative talents could consider the support of therapy. My 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 encounter. In East-Asian cultures it is all too often 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 how to offer empathic company to others who are bereaved. Working through losses is, however, essential for being able to feel love, connection and hope in life again. 

 

Areas of counselling I work with include:

  • Anxiety & Panic attacks

  • Depression

  • Self esteem issues

  • Loss & bereavement

  • Work stress

  • Miscarriage / termination / birth trauma / infertility

  • Relationship issues / marriage breakdown 

  • Childhood issues and family conflicts 

  • Redundancy / life transitions

 

Languages: English, Mandarin, Cantonese

Sessions: face-to-face and Skype

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.

  • I have experience of volunteering in bereavement counselling in a hospice as well as some charities offering low-cost counselling service. I am 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 an understandable response or way of coping 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 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 to others.    

When clients come to therapy, most important 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 cultural or religious backgrounds. 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 work to meet your individual needs. I provide a 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 life transitions/uncertainty; ​

  • 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 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 a deeper sense of inner security, belonging and intimacy. 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 and Availability

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

  • I offer a reduced rate of £30 for our initial meeting. The session lasts 50 minutes. This is to discuss your needs and find out whether we could work together. This meeting usually involves information gathering but also could offer you a little break to refresh your wellbeing.   

  • Sessions could be short-term (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 day and time, and last 50 minutes. It is important that you commit to attend regularly in order to gain the most out of your sessions.  

  • I currently have space for face-to-face sessions on Tuesdays in central Bristol (Queen Square) and Saturdays in North Bristol (Gloucester Road). There are also evening sessions on Wednesdays. Please contact me for more details.  

  • I also have extensive experience with and offer Skype sessions.   

Fees 

  • Initial meeting is at a reduced rate of £30. 

  • £50 per session thereafter (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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