Counselling and Reiki in Devizes

Great News! I am a member of the Therapist Team at Life on Top

 at  The Healthy Life Co.

Therapists are located on the top floor of their shop at

4, The Little Brittox, Devizes SN10 1AR.


What I can offer:

Claire Ballardie Dip.Couns. MBACP, Reiki Master Practitioner

 I believe that physical and mental health are very closely linked and have an overall impact on wellbeing: Low mood- low energy, low energy-low mood. Talking therapy (counselling) helps you to explore issues that are affecting you, and to gain clearer self-awareness. The body can be greatly affected by emotional distress, and balancing its energy flow with Reiki encourages a sense of deep relaxation and promotes both emotional and physical healing.

Therapy sessions can be either counselling or Reiki, or a combination of both.

Meditation calms a busy mind, and there is time to experience this relaxing technique as part of a full reiki or counselling session.


As a counsellor, my role is to provide a safe place for you to explore your feelings: providing an outlet for emotions brought up by life events, such as bereavement, or coping with anxiety and depression brought about by the struggle of day-to-day life. Low self-esteem and lack of confidence can get in the way of personal growth. Counselling is about having someone to talk to you can trust, who is non-judgemental and works with you to understand your world.

I work in an integrative way, bringing together different therapies that are beneficial for you personally. I offer short or long term counselling, depending on individual needs.

Therapies I use:

  • Person-centred (about you)
  • Psychosynthesis (understanding yourself)
  • Dream-work
  • Imagery
  • Gesthalt (body awareness)
  • Transpersonal (spirituality)
  • Psycodynamic (childhood)


Our initial 30 minute session is to intoduce you to the counseling process and how we can work together. Further sessions lasts for 50 minutes. We will agree the number of sessions, on weekly basis at a set time.

Counsellling can help with (for example):

  • Anxiety, stress
  • Depression
  • Bereavement (people or pets)
  • Relationships and family
  • Life events
  • Eating Disorders
  • Menopause
  • Low self esteem
  • Loneliness
  • Divorce & separation
  • Affairs and betrayal
  • Spirituality
  • Trauma


Price of Counselling:

Initial session £20 (30 minutes)

Further sessions £40 (50 minutes)



Reiki (Universal life force energy) is an ancient technique, re-discovered by Dr Mikao Usui a Japanese theologian, in the 19th century. It is used to provide that extra boost for the body, promoting the flow of energy helping the body heal itself naturally.

During a treatment, I will channel this energy through my hands and use it to rebalance the chakras, or energy centres.

Reiki is a non-invasive, complementary therapy using the energy that flows through all living things, which Eastern medicine has worked with for thousands of years. You will be fully clothed lying on a couch or sitting on a chair. I will place my hands just above or lightly touch, different areas, concentrating on where the energy is most needed. Your body will take as much energy as it requires. It has the ability to heal itself, but sometimes this healing process becomes weak, or blocked. Your energy can be affected by stress, anxiety, life events, or illness. Reiki helps to bring balance to your mind, body and soul, encouraging deep relaxation, promoting self-healing.

I offer Reiki as a one-off session, or combined with counselling sessions.

Reiki can help with (for example):

  • Anxiety and Stress
  • Fatigue
  • Poor circulation
  • Balancing emotion
  • Immune system
  • Digestion
  • Respiratory issues
  • Skin problems
  • Migraine
  • Menopause
  • Insomnia


Price of Reiki:

Taster session £20 (30 minutes)

Full session £40 (50 minutes) 

Contact Claire:

Telephone: 07710 420357





I Met a Squirrel

Well, a funny thing happened yesterday. I was in the garden, watching a squirrel with a hazelnut in his mouth, perched on the fence. He seemed to be contemplating a good place to hide his find. He froze, motionless as he noticed me. I stood very still, and became aware that my heart was really racing. ‘Funny,’ I thought- ‘I have just walked up the steps, but I can’t be that unfit!’

As I looked at the squirrel, I noticed that his little chest was quivering. I had a strange sensation that I was sensing his heartbeat fluttering in my own heart. I calmed myself by slowly and consciously breathing. As I felt my heart beat return to normal, the squirrel twitched his nose, and lofted a front paw. He stayed put, but no longer seemed to be afraid. This was a very precious moment of connection with such a pretty creature until he was frightened away by a passing dog walker. I seegarden-statue him each morning, busy in the garden, so hopefully we can meet up again.



I gave Reiki to my husband’s car

My husband restores old cars. He has been at a loss recently with an MG which refused all attempts to start it. In desperation he asked me to ‘have a go’ at reiki with it.

I tuned in, and felt  the car was neglected and un-loved. It was just taking up space in the workshop, and had no purpose, and no future- a sad MG.

I was aware of the energy around the car shifting into something much more positive and happier.

The next day, I asked my husband to keep a more positive outlook towards this car himself, and, to his amazement, he  turned the ignition key, and it started first time!

was this a pure coincidence, or had an energy shift moved things on?C, sammy and cars


Reiki in the Stable

A friend of mine had a new horse. He stable was in an old farm building, and since he had arrived, he always stood at the back of the box, and avoided the middle of the bed. The evening I visited, he showed early signs of colic, and was very quiet and subdued, with no movement in his guts. The vet was called, and he relaxed after a while, and back to eating his hay.

My friend’s previous horse had suffered with colic in that stable, and had sadly to be put down outside, in the yard. The next morning, she asked me to tune in to my reiki vibes and see what I sensed in his stable.

I was drawn to stand by the wall on one side, and could sense hooves thrashing against this wall.I had picked up on the energy of her poor horse that had died, but sensed that he did not know what had happened to him, and that he did not know he had passed away.

I sensed another animal in the middle of the stable. I could visualise a large, brown cow, standing in the middle of the box- the spot her current horse avoided. I sensed that this cow also did not know what had happened to her. The stable felt quite crowded, so i spoke to these two, and told them what had happened to them, and mentally led them to the door, showing them the way out. I felt a sense of peace and calm in the stable, and space.

A few days later, my friend called me. her horse was calmer, and had totally changed his behaiour in the stable. He was happy, settled, and was using the whole box, and happily claiming his space in the middle of the stable. Strange, but true.

amadeus web in stable


The Horse and You

The Horse and You Day Course

Thursday 14th September 2017 9.30-4pm

The Claire Lilley Training Centre, Forest Road, Melksham SN12 7RB

The day focuses on gaining a better understanding about the horse and about yourself. No ridden work is involved, but there will be the opportunity to observe them from a distance, and to work more closely with them from the ground if you wish.

Horses mirror our feelings and our unconscious processes- being with them and developing a relationship with a horse is very special. Taking time to really notice what is going on for you in relation to the horse develops self-awareness and helps you to understand how you function.

Learning about how you come across to a horse can influence your own life skills: in relationships for example, how you cope with stressful situations, perhaps in work or sports environments. The possibilities are endless.

Horses are very aware of non-verbal communication- our body language, how calm and confident we are, or not. This applies to all aspects of horsemanship – whether we are riding or handling them, or simply in their presence. They pick up things about ourselves we are not even aware of!

There will be opportunities to ask questions and to discuss what comes up for you, and time will be spent on common issues that can turn horsemanship from a pleasurable experience into a nightmare!


Understanding the Horse

  • Psychology of the horse – how horses think and react
  • The horse’s senses
  • The horse’s body language
  • Relating to the horse- how the horse sees you

Understanding yourself

  • Self awareness
  • Body language
  • Posture and Movement
  • Mindfulness

Price £60 per person including beverages. Please bring a packed lunch, and, as we will be outdoors as well as in the stables and the classroom, wear clothing to allow for all types of weather!

Book a place

B&B available locally if accommodation is required.

hen and george field web


Reiki Practitioner

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Well, I am qualified as a Reiki master, and am finding it fascinating working with both people and animals, working with this natural energy. I have always felt I could tune into animals, particularly horses, and I am thrilled that what I have been doing for years is a recognised skill.
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