Barbara Boxhall BA Hons. Member MBACP (Accred) Counselling and Mindfulness
01243 785333 / 07809 655 453
I have been a qualified counsellor for over 25 years now and draw on a wide range of knowledge and experience to help you to grow in confidence with addressing the problems you're facing. When you make the decision to come for counselling you are choosing to put aside time for yourself to explore what is troubling you without being judged, safely and with confidence.
My supporting you in this way will help you to find greater clarity, so that you can make any changes that you see would be beneficial. Spending time like this will also help you to become more at ease with yourself and the feelings that are challenging you right now.
Choosing a Counsellor can be daunting and may feel like yet another problem that you have to face. Recognising the courage that this takes, particularly if you are feeling vulnerable, is the first step.
Whether you are seeking help with relationship problems, anxiety, generalised anxiety, depression or any other issues, together with my support, we can find a way to help you to move forward.
I am also a Mindfulness and Self Compassion trainer and have found that combining this approach with Counselling is highly beneficial. Practicing Mindfulness and Self Compassion is scientifially proven to reduce stress and increase a sense of wellbeing, so this can contribute greatly to the counselling process.
It will be entirely up to you whether you would like me to teach you how to incorporate some of these skills into your life or not. Many clients find that using the meditations on my website, in between sessions empowers them, helping them to develop greater inner calm and to feel more in control of their thoughts and emotions.
Watching clients change and grow in confidence as the Counselling progresses is my main motivation for being a Counsellor.
How I work
I work from my office in Oving, a village east of Chichester with easy access on the ground floor and offer both daytime and evening sessions. The number of sessions can vary and either short or longer term depending on the client's needs. I came to Counselling over thirty years ago, discovering that my childhood and teenage years were affected by generalised anxiety. The journey towards a calm way of being began then and developed through counselling training and a mindful approach to life.
I work from a place of peace and stability within myself which underpins everything. The process of personal tranformation has helped me to understand and develop deep respect for the possibility of real change for anyone who is open and willing; helping you to bring understanding, a sense of empowerment, greater peace and happiness into your life.
I use a variety of therapeutic models according to each person’s individual need. Some of the models I incorporate are: Person Centred, CBT techniques, Radical Acceptance, Psychodynamic, Gestalt and Mindfulness. All issues are approached by me with care, respect and confidentiality.
Please feel free to contact me under no obligation and we can talk on the phone or by email. The first session is to establish whether we both feel suited to continue together. All sessions are for the traditional 50 minutes and the fee is £45 per session. Concessions are available so please do ask. For additional help with your decision to contact me, there are a couple of testimonials in the 'further information' section below.
Training, qualifications & experience
Training - Continuing Professional Development
Msc in Mindfulness and Compassion
Registered and Accredited Member of BACP
Trained Teacher of Mindful Self Compassion 2016
Diploma in Mindfulness Studies, Aberdeen University 2015
Teacher of MIndfulness Based Stress Reduction and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy 2012
Introduction to CBT 2010
Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling 1994
Art Teachers Certificate 1979
BA Hons. 3D Design 1978
Counselling, including person centered, gestalt and psychodynamic 1990 - present
Carer for individuals with Dementia 2002 - 2012 and OCD 2002 - present
One to one Counselling at Chichester Counselling Services and the Oving Clinic 1993
One to one Counselling 2002 - present.
Using Counselling skills, Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance, Head of Art Department, HMP Ford Prison Education Department 1993 - 2002
MBSR - Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and MBCT - Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy qualified and registered through the Institute of Mindfulness Based Appraoches.2012
(MBCT is recommended by NICE as the preferred method for preventing depression relapse in those who have had three or more episodes of depression).
Diploma in Mindfulness including studies in mindfulness, compassion, insight and wisdom, Aberdeen University 2015
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
Sessions last 50 minutes. From January 2015 the fee is £45 per counselling 'hour' (traditionally 50 minutes). Concessions are avilable please do ask.The number of sessions recommended will be discussed; 6 sessions may be quite typical but your programme may vary, in either direction as agreed between us. I also work long terms with clients as well as short term.
I am in supervision both for my counselling work and for mindfulness. I believe this to be an important part my role as a counsellor/mindfulness teacher, ensuring a high standard of professional practice.
A testimonial from Joe:
A few years ago I experienced a perfect storm of problems in my working life. I was father of two very young children trying hard to be a supportive husband and provider and my business went completely bust in a matter of weeks. It was every catastrophe I had ever feared all coming at once.
Months earlier, I had decided to start seeing Barbara for Counselling to try to address a range of issues mostly to do with my anxiety and anger in reaction to apparently fairly simple adversities in life. Barbara’s sessions were simple, clear and calm. She helped me explore the issues I was being challenged by in a manner which made understanding seem elementary. I came away from each session feeling, lighter, clearer and more capable of facing what had loomed unfathomably large.
Then I lost all my work and faced my worst fears. Everything that could go wrong – barring illness or death – did go wrong and yet, with Barbara’s wonderful calm approach, I was able to see that the worst was really very manageable.
Barbara introduced simple breathing and meditation exercises, as part of session that can be used anywhere at any time to find personal, private space to deal with anything that challenges you. These are a tremendous benefit which I still use regularly. Her approach is grounded and no-nonsense and leaves you with a great context to tackle the day-to-day issues which assault us all.
She was a life-saver in a difficult time but the legacy of my months of Counselling with her lives on years later and the techniques we explored remain in use daily.
I’d recommend her without hesitation.
A testimonial from Victoria:
Barbara is a lovely, compassionate, gentle and non-judgemental person who helped me lift the curtain of my depression away in our counselling sessions, teaching me various very helpful tools for dealing with my depression. Barbara also helped me to learn to love myself, which opened up my life and allowed me to believe I deserved good things.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I am flexible. Weekdays during the day, some evenings and early mornings. My office is in a village east of Chichester, West Sussex on ground floor level with easy parking