Barbara Sarmias, Dip. Couns. MBACP Registered Member
01579 382441 / 07711 475549
I offer both individual and couples counselling whereby I would be happy to see both parties together or individually if required. My most recent work has been with couples with a variety of issues such as rebuilding trust and helping with better communication also, I have been working with people who are struggling to cope with everyday life and have been helping them to develop coping strategies when someone is suffering with anxiety and depression.
I counsel people with a wide range of issues as I have a vast working knowledge of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and bi-polar disorder and I have worked with people to support them in the community for many years. I integrate different approaches into my Person-Centred counselling including some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis to name a few.
One of the benefits of being a private counsellor is that I can offer hours to suit my clients. For instance, I can offer weekend and evening sessions and there is no waiting list.
I offer face to face counselling in my practice but you may prefer to communicate with me via email or telephone/text, so please feel free to contact me in whichever medium you prefer. Often an initial conversation on the telephone or email can help pave the way to a good working relationship, so I feel that is a good place to start.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I hold a BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency.
I have worked with couples who are struggling to communicate or are trying to get over an affair and rebuild trust. I have also worked with many individuals with a variety of problems from anxiety, depression, self-harm, alcohol related problems, relationship issues and more.
I have 10 years experience of working in the NHS and in the mental health field and have undertaken many related training courses. I attend relevant courses regularly to maintain my continual professional development as well as study and use research materials to keep my practice both safe and current.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Support with health issues such as eczema, asthma and allergies.
- £30 per hour for individuals
- £40 per hour for couples/family counselling
- A concessionary rate in cases of genuine financial hardship and student counsellors £25 per hour
I believe that private counselling be available to everyone in terms of affordability and I offer reasonable rates to support this. Also, to help my clients gain the maximum benefit from their therapy I offer a reduction in fees for a block booking/prepay of 4 sessions in any of the above fee categories (except concessionary) and receive a reduction of 10%.
I also have a particular interest and a vast practical knowledge in the care of eczema, asthma and allergies and I have run a support group to help support people with severe allergies which can result in life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis.
I have a blog that I publish on my website barbarasarmiascounselling.co.uk which you might find interesting to look at, where I discuss various topics to do with counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Hours available to suit my clients
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|