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 I would no longer have this business as a side hustle and I set about my journey to become fully in the business.

During the pandemic I realised I couldn't help anyone until I helped myself and 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. 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 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.

When considering my niche I started to think about all I have overcome in my career and life and what I felt really passionate about. For me what really stood out were the issues I had around 2015 when I experienced burnout. At that point I was a social worker in the local authority. I had been working 50-60 hour weeks and has not noticed the deterioration in my well-being. I have always been focused on being as healthy as I can and would never have classed myself as having burnout. I would never have 'seeked help' as I would have saw it as a sign of weakness. Had I not got married and had a 3 week honeymoon I am pretty certain I would have been off work for stress related issues. Luckily, having space away and time to reflect I came home, planned and implemented my escape route! My mission now is to help companies and individuals to prevent them from experiencing the same.

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!

 

 

Claire Elmes

Qualifications:

  • 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

Work:

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

Why Work with Me?

I can help with so many areas. I can help with supporting adults, children and companies.

I know you are feeling tired, stressed, anxious and overwhelmed. I know you are juggling, trying to keep everything going, trying to work, keep family and friends happy. Since March 2020, we have had to adapt completely. I know many of you have suffered previous significant life events that are causing a block for present and future you. Did you know that Covid is also classed as a 'Collective Trauma' meaning that everything from our past is compounded further and if unresolved will be massively impacting on our decision making.

I know many companies are not returning to offices full time. Many companies have never had a wellbeing strategy and now, with well-being mentioned every day (even in an advert on the radio as I am typing this!) we know we need to do something to support our staff. We know the well-being strategy needs to be post Covid ready and we know we need support.

I know lots of your children are struggling with anxiety and worry about keeping hands clean and getting used to the 'new normal' and may be acting out with their behaviour. You put yourself bottom of the list and look after everyone else, you have no time for you and crave it so badly. STOP!

I am here to help you realise that you can choose life to happen for you not to you. You can choose the work life balance that works for you. You can choose to support staff and help prevent burnout. You can choose to be the best version of you either indiviudally or as a team.

You are ready but don't know where to start. That's where I come in. You need someone to navigate your journey. Someone to redirect if there is a block. Someone who can help you choose the best route. You've got this! Your the driver I'm the navigator and I am here for you every step of the way.

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.

Awards:

I am 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 For Coaching
  • Play Therapy UK (PTUK)
  • BACP
  • EMDR Europe

 

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

Clinical:

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.

My Passion is work life balance and preventing people from hitting burnout.

 

 

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