Find balance - feel better
Everyone has times in life when they struggle with one thing or another and during the pandemic, more people than usual are experiencing mental health issues. As a Human Givens therapist, I focus on helping my clients to identify and address their unmet emotional needs. When these needs are neglected, we may suffer negative consequences ranging from mild stress to mental illness.
Human Givens Therapy offers practical help so that you can learn how to activate and use your innate resources. You might want 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?
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 page.
I work with clients of all ages but I specialise in these populations:
1) Adolescents (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) Somatic (physical or medical) symptoms that have an emotional or psychological component. This includes functional gastrointestinal conditions like IBS, chronic pain, migraines, autoimmune conditions, and some skin conditions.
3) Relationships Not just couples counselling but relationships of all kinds - with family, friends and colleagues as well as romantic partners. Almost every relationship experiences difficulties now and then and each relationship is unique.
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. I work with clients of all ages and 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 and medical history, sleep, and work, and will listen carefully. The goal for all clients in Human Givens therapy is emotional health and clear thinking.
Choose a 60- 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.