Barry Symeou BA (Hons) MBACP Well Being Counselling
I am a counsellor and psychotherapist who specialises in long-term in-depth therapy and short-term focused therapy, on a one to one basis. People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons, including anxiety, depression, bereavement or trauma, all of which can be resolved through the therapies I am able to offer. If you are feeling overwhelmed, distressed, finding it difficult to cope or just want to understand yourself better, why not contact me.
I have a wealth of experience and am well qualified but at the same time I am warm and friendly, enabling you to feel relaxed and comfortable enough to voice your concerns. I provide a calm and supportive environment, which allows you to explore difficult or painful feelings and helps you to find solutions to your problems. The counselling room provides a safe space for you to talk freely about any difficulties or worries you may wish to bring. You will be listened to in an empathic, authentic and non-judgemental way, and treated with kindness, compassion and respect.
I have experience of working with diverse groups of people with a broad range of issues, but in particular I have helped people with substance misuse, addictions, family issues, low self-esteem/confidence, trauma, child sexual abuse, identity issues, physical/psychological/emotional abuse, bereavement and loss, relationship issues, anxiety, stress, anger and depression.
I have a specialism in addictions, working alongside clients who experience problems with alcohol and drug misuse and the many types of distress linked to this. People use substances such as alcohol, cannabis or cocaine for many reasons e.g. for pleasure, relaxation or to escape from painful feelings and memories. However, over a period of time, this can turn into an addiction and even dependency. If you feel that alcohol/drugs are having an adverse effect on your health, mental well-being or personal life, I can help you navigate your substance misuse dependency.
Alongside my private practice I have worked as a counsellor in an established substance misuse agency in Essex for a number of years. I have also worked as a counsellor in an Outreach centre in West Essex.
My theoretical approach to counselling is integrative, which means using a mix of psychodynamic, person-centred and some cognitive behavioural therapy techniques. In my experience, the most important aspect of counselling is the therapeutic relationship which is built together, and based on trust and confidentiality.
Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on helping you to gain insight into the problems you face in life. It explores your thoughts and feelings and helps to link current patterns of behaviour with past experiences that are often rooted in childhood. Psychodynamic psychotherapy increases self-awareness and understanding, and helps you to make positive changes in your life.
Person-centred counselling focuses on valuing you and caring for you. It recognizes you as an autonomous and whole person. Person-centred counselling emphasises the importance of understanding yourself and your world. It empowers you to change and grow and improve the quality of your life.
I often use a combination of these approaches within my work, which may vary with each unique client, ensuring you receive the most effective help with the difficulties you express.
I am based at two locations: Harlow in Essex and Cuffley in Hertfordshire (conveniently situated to cover Goffs Oak, Cheshunt, Potters Bar and Enfield).
Training, qualifications & experience
- Registered Member of British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP)
- BA Honours Degree in Counselling (First Class)
- BACP Accredited Diploma in Person-Centred Counselling
- Foundation Degree in Counselling Arts
- Certificate of Higher Education in Counselling and Counselling Skills (Level 4)
- Certificate in Mental Health Basic Awareness
- Certificate in Safeguarding Children
I studied counselling at Birkbeck, University of London, which is recognized as one of the top universities in the world. I continued my training at CONEL, in partnership with Middlesex University. CONEL is one of the leading counselling training institutions in the UK, renowned for its prestigious counselling courses and is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
£40 and this applies for the initial consultation. Each session lasts for 50 minutes (often termed a therapeutic hour), and is held weekly, usually at the same time and day.
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and adhere to the Ethical Framework for good practice in counselling and psychotherapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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