Looking to improve the quality of your life? build your self-esteem, reduce anxiety, strengthen coping mechanisms, and improve social and community functioning to lead a happy and balanced life? We can help you navigate through life challenges with professional, confidential and affordable therapy and coaching services to adults, children, adolescents and families. We are here to help you realise that you can choose life to happen for you not to you.
Do you need a Therapist or a Life Coach? (or a counsellor, psychologist any other helping professional ???)
That is always difficult to know and it can be such a minefield with so many unregulated practitioners and different approaches out there. Here at Inspire You we have therapists, life coaches and wellbeing practitioners and can support many different issues and undertake bespoke assessments to ensure we can support your problem effectively.
Our sessions are integrative meaning that many practitioners have more than one approach they are trained in. This means we can create bespoke sessions to support you.
As a career coach, we can help you if you are stressed and close to burn out, not liking your career, or maybe you are just starting out. We can coach you to reinvent your career, align with your core values and take actions towards professional growth with confidence, to do a job you love and have the right work/life balance.
As a lifestyle coach, We can help you if you are struggling with time management, lack of energy, unhealthy lifestyles and generally feeling no sense of purpose or control. We can help you find time and energy to make healthy choices, ensuring sustainable routine that works with your lifestyle.
As a Family Life Coach, We can help your family reach its full potential working through difficult situations such as parental issues, co-parenting, conflicts in relationships and life changes to reward you with a loving family life. It may be that we can work through this alone or we could include various family members.
We help you through a wide range of challenges, including: depression, anxiety, panic, grief, addiction, bullying, phobia or trauma, using evidence-based treatments such as CBT, EMDR, SFBT, BA, REBT and DBT to teach you coping strategies that enhance your well being.
We recognise the widespread impact that trauma can have on your and your relationships and help you heal and move forward in life. When you have experienced trauma it needs a really specific treatment pathway to release, like EMDR.
Children and Family Therapy
We help children through difficulties such as sleep, behaviour, mood, grief, parental separation, to help them find solutions for themselves. We offer bespoke packages, depending on the age and stage of the child, while also including sesions for the parents. We offer approaches such as Play Therapy, CBT, EMDR.
Are you struggling with anxiety, stress, past trauma, foggy brain, feeling overwhelmed? Breathwork is a way of breathing that allows the body, mind and soul to release what is not serving you and provide you with more energy. Putting yourself into a mindful state can allow you to gain clarity over any decisions you need to make. Feel as though you've exhausted all other options? Why not give something different a go?
If you're stuck in your career...
I will coach you to get intentional about your career choices, show you how to advance your career to experience success and fulfilment at your workplace.
So what is career coaching?
Career coaching can be anything from shifting boundaries and managing work life balance better to a change of career and direction. Whatever you are striving to achieve if you need support you are in the right place!
How do we do this? Well we all have a set of values, rules that we like to follow. Sometimes we find ourselves in a job/career which is completely in opposition to these personal values. By delving into your core identity we can help to uncover what is mis-alligned and look at living to your purpose and passion! This might mean a career change, or it might mean that we are working out what needs to change in order to gain the respect and confidence to implement boundaries that will make you feel in alignment and enjoying work again!
I have been close to burn out, I know and understand how stuck you feel and how you feel you have no control or choice in your work, but here's the thing: You absolutely have a choice! Sometimes you just need to talk it through.
If you're looking to launch your dream business...
Work with me to translate your unique ideas into a thriving business, where I will help you create a solid business plan and the real-life experience to execute it flawlessly.
I have been self employed since 2008. I have learnt a lot about what works and what doesn't. The key is to get intentional, be motivated and work SMARTER and not harder!
I can help you create a step by step business plan and work out how you can achieve your dreams!
If you're looking for work/life balance...
Struggling with work-life balance is a common problem for many of us as we are constantly juggling a lot of responsibilities between work and home. Work can take over and we end up working too much, not switching off and potentially on a slippery slope to burnout.
Let me help you balance demanding workloads with family responsibilities and finding “me time” to help you enjoy a relaxed life.
If you're looking to get healthier habits
I support people to build and create the habits that they want in their life. We look at your life and break it down into sections considering food, mood, exercise and hobbies.
If you're searching for connections...
In coaching with me, you will understand the negative patterns that keep you from trusting and committing to your relationships. You will learn to reconnect at a much deeper and intimate level and build strong bonds with your loved ones.
I can help you see that you can be successful partners, as long as you have good communication and conflict resolution skills in the face of disagreements. Together, we will uncover what makes you feel most loved, seen, and supported – and then teach you how to give it to others.
If you're yearning for balance...
Struggling with life balance is a common problem for many of us as we are constantly juggling a lot of responsibilities.
How often do we take on more than we can realistically achieve because we don't want to let others down.
Let me help you balance all areas of your life focusing on what is most important to you, prioritising your self-care, boundaries and learning to say 'yes' and 'no' to the right things at the right times.
If you're looking for harmony in your family...
Work with me to help your family overcome limiting self-belief patterns, chaotic lifestyles, communication breakdowns, and parenting struggles. You will transform creating a whole new family design of loving relationships, peace and harmony.
If you're wishing your child was more self-confident...
My work with children helps them develop their self-confidence, self-esteem and also helps them stay focused while trying to finish homework and assignments.
If you're facing parental issues...
I can help you with a range of parental issues building valuable skills so you can parent your child through various challenges and pressures. Your family is unique, with its own unique ups and downs. I understand that coaching is not a one-size fits all, and will customize your coaching sessions to one that suits the specific needs of your family.
Are you struggling to function day to day....
Welcome! I am so glad you have started to look into how to help yourself. I help you through a wide range of challenges, including: depression, anxiety, panic, grief, addiction, bullying, phobia or trauma, using evidence-based therapy treatments such as CBT, SFBT, BA, REBT and DBT to teach you coping strategies that enhance your well being. Don't worry if you don't understand all the approaches, they are all different evident based approaches, some have overlap within them and I will discuss relevant approaches and reasons behind it so that you are aware of what to expect. Most people have heard of CBT, well BA, REBT and DBT are all similar approaches to CBT. Solution Focused approaches are a bit different and do what they say on the tin really, focusing on finding the solution yourself with me using guided questioning to help you get there.
Working with identifying the problem. Are you experiencing the following:
- Feeling overwhelmed, unable to regulate emotions such as anxiety, depression and anger
- Unable to concentrate or focus
- Unable to manage time/ boundaries
- Unable to communicate with others how you are feeling
- Understand what is behind the feelings to help move forward
- Gain Clarity, focus and energy to be able to strive towards goals
- Implement healthy habits to create healthy boundaries, structure and manage time
- Communicating effectively
How do we do this:
Sometimes we know exactly what we want to achieve and sometimes we don't. Sometimes we are so focused on what the problem is that we have no idea where we actually want to go. I find so many people focus on the problem but its much harder to quantify where we want to go. Mental well-being is much harder than physical! By helping you set SMART goals and keeping you accountable we can focus on what's important and work out how to get there. This allows you to achieve your full potential.
What is Trauma?
'Trauma is a response to a distressing event that impacts on the way in which we can cope and causes a lot of heightened emotions'.
What happens when we suffer significant life events?
If we think of our brain as a large computer. Most of the time our mind and body manage information automatically processing new information and experiences without conscious awareness. However, when something significant occurs and you are traumatised by an overwhelming event (e.g an accident) or by being repeatedly subjected to distress (e.g. childhood abuse) your natural coping mechanism can become overloaded. This overloading means that it is stored in the wrong part of your brain (Limbic system- linked with 'fight flight freeze' emotional responses) and means some experiences remain 'unprocessed'. This are often stored in 'raw' emotional form and not 'story' verbal mode. Memories can be continually triggered when you experience events similar to the difficult experiences you have been through.
Trauma's can be what we class as 'BIG T Trauma' such as abuse, an accident, grief, direct experience of COVID 19; or 'LITTLE T Trauma' such as bullying at school or in the workplace, and a significant arguement with a loved one.
Trauma based approaches helps create the connections between your brain's neural pathways meaning that the memory can be processed and no longer in the fight/flight/freeze part of the brain.
EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing)
EMDR is one of the main approaches I use when considering working with Trauma. EMDR is a psychotherapy that enables people to heal from symptoms and emotional distress that are a result of disturbing life events/ trauma. It works by the client tracking the therapists hand with their eyes, or what we call butterfly hugs where we tap each shoulder with our arms crossed over our chest, which dual processes information within the brain. I offer this to both adults and children. It replicates the movements from REM sleep which is the body's natural way of processing information.
I also utilise other approaches that I have discussed in previous sections such as NLP.
The sessions of trauma support can vary in length. This is because some sessions need to be longer to ensure we process the event. This will be discussed at the time. The preparation sessions consist of assessment and what we call resourcing. This involves creating positive anchors utilising visualisations (imagining specific targets) which we are then able to utilise when coming out of experiences.
You need to feel comfortable in thinking about the events that happened to enable processing but do not need to share all the information with me. I will be here to support you every step of the way. I cannot take away what has happened but I can help you to process the event into your processed memory and take the emotion out of it to allow you to move forward with your life.
Children and Family Therapy
Working with Young Children:
I utilise many different approaches working with children depending on the age and stage of the child.
Play Therapy is one of the main ways I use with primary age Children. It is a method of helping children with behaviour and emotional problems to help themselves. Play is the child's natural way of expressing themselves and is essential for emotional and social development. Play therapy is an opportunity for the child to 'play out' their thoughts, feelings and problems. Through specialist techniques the child will gain insight into their personal problems. I utilise the non-directive approach, which is person-centred and allows the child to choose the method they feel is most appropriate to them personally.
Play therapy has many 'toolkit' elements to it. This includes Art, Sand, Puppets, Music and Lego.
I love creative art techniques within the play room. Allowing the child to 'make mess' and draw out their feelings can be so powerful.
Sand is another amazing approach. Utilising minature figures within a sandtray your child will be able to explore their world and go to a deep unconscious level in helping them to find out their solutions.
I am Lego Therapy trained so if your child loves Lego we could purely focus each session on lego. The Lego Therapy has a specific set to work from each week and is amazing to help children work out their problems.
Play therapy has emerged as a mainstream mental health profession alongside counselling and psychotherapy with its own professional organisation Play Therapy UK - The United Kingdom Society for Play and Creative Arts Therapies. You can get more detailed information from PTUK's site. www.playtherapy.org.uk
Working with Adolescents:
I utilise many different approaches working with young people depending on the age and stage of the child.
With secondary age children, I utilise different approaches depending on the child. As well as the techniques described above I also consider using CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming), Solution Focused and Goal setting person centred approaches. Your child brings to session what they wish to explore and I can help them to unpick and find their own solutions.
If they have been through significant life events they may need some EMDR therapy (see section on trauma).
Working with Parents:
Sometimes when working with the child it becomes evident that the parent needs some support too. I create a bespoke package of support where I offer parents some sessions too. This could be to discuss particular parenting techniques, offer advice and guidance around how to support the child, be a space to offload about the difficulties at home, or often dips into my working with adult section (see other section). Quite often children and young people pick up on our behaviours so if we are anxious, they will display the same emotion, if we are feeling positive, calm and focused they do too.
This could also include working with two parents who have different approaches to parenting to help them find a middle ground.
Sometimes there is an issue with the attachment bond between parent and child: maybe child was born premature or has been in and out of hospital or away from parents care for periods of time. These sessions would involve both parent and child working together to work through issues and work towards achievable goals. It could be either through talking or creative approaches.
Sometimes its a whole family session required with grandparents, aunties, uncles you name it! I literally work with what is needed to make changes in the best way for the child.
Claire has offered our whole family support during a difficult time. She offers clear insight and practical advice on how to manage relationships. Her holistic approach to well-being, backed up with her experience and knowledge is excellent.
My daughter has found it really useful to have some more things in her mental 'tool box' to help manage her feelings, especially around anxieties about school. She is noticeably calmer and more confident that she can do things and can cope. She seems to understand her emotions a bit better now and is more willing to try things she had lost the confidence to do.
Bonnie: Claire is really nice. Go to her if you need help.
Parents: I think you made a huge difference to Bonnie and I was so glad she was able to trust you.
Woody has made massive changes in his behaviour and attitude to life and learning. Since his sessions with Claire he is able to express himself more easily and his attention has drastically improved, he is now keen to listen and learn. He was able to process the past few months of unsettlement and seems much happier and at ease. Thank you so much for all your help.
Claire offered my daughter a safe and confidential space for talking through some difficult things alongside engaging in some creative work. Claire offered some useful strategies that my daughter could use for managing her anxiety which my daughter responded really well to and made a big difference in her confidence. My daughter really appreciated the sessions.
Claire has been a great help in getting our son to sleep through the night and overcome his anxiety and nightmares. He has now slept through several times without us for the first time in his life! Thank you
Claire has worked miracles with J. He absolutely loved her sessions and spent the time between sessions planning the next one!
J says "I think Claire is lovely, you get to play with al the toys and you can talk and even about bunnies! I think Claire helped me with lots of things about school and change. I hope I see her soon."
Claire has been fantastic by really helping my daughter to talk through her difficulties and think about ways of dealing with her anger in a more constructive way. It has made a real difference to our family in 6 months. Thank you so much Claire
My daughter has had an amazing time with Claire, transforming her difficulties with being left with new groups, shyness and so on. Not only did she have fun, she absolutely took to Claire - at the end of her last session with her she announced she loved Claire and wanted to give her heart to her!