So about me, I'm Claire and I live on the South Coast of England in Shoreham-By-Sea. I set up private practice in 2008/2009 when a friend suggested it over a glass of wine! Little did I know the journey I was about to embark upon. I have 2 children and when I returned to work from maternity in Autumn 2019 I made a decision that 2020 would be my year to develop my business. I re-branded in February little did I know what was in store! COVID 19 has shaken the whole world and made so many people reflect on what they are doing and where they want to go. This pandemic has been a catalyst for me developing my business in ways I never knew existed.

During the pandemic I focused on 'Project me.' I had 2 young children and had lost my identity, plunged into the world of being a mum and somewhat neglecting my own identity away from this bubble. I love being mum, but I think some days the only way I can describe it is...relentless!! I signed up to a 6 week fitness challenge, which has not only given me back my identity by striving for my own personal fitness and goals, but has given me energy and motivation to focus on what I want to do with my business, my life and my purpose. I no longer want a 'side hustle plodding business' and have taken a big step towards moving the business online and developing so much more than I ever thought possible.

I love working as part of a team which was why I was so reluctant to just work self employed, however I now know how I can develop that team and am enjoying helping so many people in diverse and creative ways online as well as my 121 clinic work. I have set up a Facebook Community Group where I am offering FREE support. If you would like to get involved I would love to have you. Join HERE.

I love my job!! Not many people can say that can they?! But when you help someone to find themselves and overcome their biggest obstacles it is so inspirational. I feel so honoured to share people's journey's and help them strive for their goals, to be the best version of themselves.

When I'm not working, you'll find me out and about with my lovely family and dog Bobby, planning travels and adventures and enjoying socialising with friends, as well as keeping an eye on Brighton and Hove Albion football games!

When you are looking for the right person to support you it is important you consider qualifications, experience, governing bodies and professional directories. You can find my profile on:

Counselling Directory here

Life Coach Directory here

and PTUK here

Psychology Today here


Claire Elmes


  • BA Honours Degree in Psychology and Art.
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Play Therapy.
  • BA Honours Degree in Social Work
  • PQ in Creative Clinical Supervision
  • PQ Practice Educator
  • EMDR
  • Solution Focused
  • NLP Practitioner and Master Practitioner
  • Behaviour Activation
  • Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  • Lego Therapy
  • Certified Life Coach


I have worked in many areas including:

  • Bereavement Service
  • Domestic Abuse Service
  • Education
  • Social Services

    • Children and Families Assessment Teams;
    • Looked After Children
    • Children at Cusp of Care

  • NHS

    • Adult Community Mental Health Teams
    • Youth Offending Therapeutic Service
    • Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service

Very happy indeed to be on the Brainz CREA Global Award list of entrepreneurs recognised for contributions to mental health 

Many more plans and contributions in the pipeline! Watch this space... Big thank you to Brainz Magazine.

Check out the award and their lists here
global award
Claire Elmes Coach

I have professional memberships for:

  • Association Of Coaching
  • Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
  • BACP

I have a current DBS check and adhere to ethical standards and GDPR
I am on the PSA register


I am interested in how trauma and childhood experiences shape individual's behaviours and how to re organise this so that emotions are more regulated and less triggered.

With the current Pandemic, I am focusing on helping people who are struggling to let go of the past, to transform feeling overwhelmed and anxious into calm and confidence utilising bespoke coaching techniques.