Find balance, feel better, and live your best life!

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Everyone has times in life when they struggle with one thing or another. As a Human Givens therapist, I focus on helping my clients to identify and address their unmet emotional needs. We suffer negative consequences when these needs are ignored, which can range from mild stress all the way up to mental illness. 
I offer practical help so that you can learn how to activate and use your innate resources, whether the goal is to manage anger, break the cycle of depression, relieve anxiety, stop addictive behaviours, treat medical symptoms that have an emotional or psychological component, or improve relationships. We are all capable of change, however old we become, and the brain is remarkably flexible or "plastic" throughout the lifespan. Why wait any longer to feel better?
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Click here to book an appointment, or if you would like talk to me first please schedule a FREE 15-minute chat by phone or Zoom (online).
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Hello there! I'm Claire de la Varre. I have been seeing clients in my private practice since 2008. I have a basic DBS Disclosure. For more information about me and my background, experience and qualifications, please see the About Claire page. 

 

Whilst I work with clients of all ages, I specialise in the following areas and client populations:

1) Adolescent issues (ages 11-21) such as anxiety, depression, chronic illness, school problems, addictions, isolation, sexuality, racism, self-identity, and neurodiversity. This includes adolescents with ADHD, Tourette Syndrome and Autistic Spectrum Disorders.  

 

2) Recovery from domestic abuse Domestic abuse victims are often thought of as women, but this issue affects male partners and children too.

 

3) Couples counselling  Every relationship experiences rough patches and each relationship is unique.

 

4) Somatic (physical or medical) symptoms that have an emotional or psychological component. This includes functional gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, chronic pain, migraines, and some skin conditions.

Learn more about these specialist areas here

Due to current covid-19 restrictions, I am seeing clients online only (via Zoom). When restrictions ease I will open up my in-office practice again, following whatever guidelines are recommended by Scottish Government at the time. 

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What to expect when you work with me

My aim is to help get you back on your feet and functioning again with all the tools and resources you need to cope well with the circumstances of your life, in as few sessions as possible. The goal for all clients in Human Givens therapy is emotional health and clear thinking.

 

I take a practical, kind, and non-judgmental approach in my work. I look at the whole person, including which of your emotional needs are not being met. I will ask you about various aspects of your life including your concerns, stress level, relationships, health, sleep, and work, and will listen carefully.

 

You can choose a one-hour or 90-minute session, either online or in my comfortable Stirling office. Each session will be a mix of talk, learning practical skills and coping strategies, and guided imagery/relaxation.

 

Somewhere between 2 - 8 sessions is a typical range for most of my clients. However, sometimes people need a bit more support and resolution may take longer.