- Counselling & Psychotherapy
About Claire (in her own words):
“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us”- Marianne Williamson
My name is Claire Lambert and I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor/ Psychotherapist. I hold a BA Honours degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy from IICP. I am a member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP).
I see my work in counselling as helping you as a client connect with yourself at a deeper level – to explore the relationship with your-self so that you can discover your own answers within. The counselling process will invite you deeper into your human psyche which is continually searching for a higher meaning in life.
Psychotherapy can help you to find answers as to why you are feeling a certain way and to better understand your emotions, worries and anxieties. Counselling encourages you to create awareness around how you feel which brings self-understanding. This self-understanding can help uncover and break old patterns that no longer serve you or bring benefit to your life and provide you with new perspectives and ways of responding to life’s challenges. This process heals the client because it frees the psychic pain we feel from distressing and disturbing experiences. We become stronger, more balanced, attaining more fulfilling relationships and better able to tolerate our difficulties.
Our tendency is to avoid painful experiences we may think of as negative, to shy away from situations that can be hurtful, and to suppress our real feelings. The heart can only come to our aid if, instead of running from what we dislike, we become fully present with what we are experiencing. When we accept the unacceptable instead of pushing it away, we discover that the flip side of psychological and emotional pain is personal growth – and that our pain is simply our healing wanting to break through. The key to transformation is within us.
I invite you to explore supressed feelings, belief systems, and misunderstood thoughts. These can lead to issues such as addiction, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, depression, self-harm, anger, sadness, stress, loneliness, hopelessness, purposelessness, anxiety, panic attacks, low self-esteem, fear, self-sacrifice, physical pain and co-dependence.
I am experienced in helping clients in the areas of : Fear/ Phobias , Intrusive thoughts, Trauma, Bereavement and grief, Stress management ,Personal Growth , Addiction, Anxiety, Eating disorders, Relationship difficulties, Sexual abuse, Depression, Self Esteem, Psychosomatic conditions, Self-harm, Identity and OCD.
The counselling relationship one is based on trust which develops mutually as we progress. I trust and recognise that each person is the expert on their own life experience, knowing what is right for them at any moment in time. As counsellor, I am there to facilitate the process of counselling in a safe and protected environment, helping you to explore, tune into and become aware of what your experiences mean to you while also helping you to become aware of and maintain good boundaries. I believe that a compassionate, accepting, non-judgemental environment is an essential component of the therapy process. This is combined with my Integrative approach which includes and is not limited to: Cognitive Behavioural therapy, Humanistic psychology, Gestalt therapy and Psychodynamic therapy.
I believe the greatest quality a holistic therapist can bring to their practice to help others is themselves and therefore attending to my own development and the relationship with myself is essential so that I can support and understand others. I do this through continuous training, self-reflection and development.