Jennifer Ann Barlow
I provide a comfortable and confidential space, away from the daily bustle, where you can talk freely without being judged, to somebody who is empathic and supportive, helping you find your way towards a better quality of life. Whether you are looking for help to cope with a critical issue, have a long term problem you want to explore, or simply want to understand yourself better, I can help.
My aim is to provide an environment that promotes the development of an open and trusting therapeutic relationship where you feel free to explore your issues with me.
Every person is unique so therapy cannot be approached as a ‘one size fits all’ treatment. My Integrative training allows me to model the therapy around you, my client, choosing from a range of approaches including, among others, Person Centred, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Existential Therapy.
I understand how important it is that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who suits your needs. Therefore in our introductory session we would explore how we might work together. This gives us the opportunity to decide, without any obligation, whether or not I might be right for you..
Becoming a Counsellor
My pathway to counselling started in the nineties when I attended a ‘Foundation Year in Counselling’ course at evening class. As a result of the personal growth that I experienced and my affinity for the process I wanted to take the study further, but it was not until many years later that I was free to continue.
My wide range of life experiences, both personal and in the workplace, has given me a breadth of understanding that enhances my ability to empathise at a deep level. Also my personal therapy, undertaken both at critical times in my life and as a weekly requirement of my training, helps me to understand counselling from the client viewpoint. I know just how hard working through issues that come up in counselling can be, not only difficult but sometimes painful. I will support you through this.
I am based in Rushden, a quiet little village in the countryside between Baldock and Buntingford. Public transport is limited so you would need to come by car but there is plenty of room to park in the drive. There is no wheelchair access - there are three shallow steps up to the door.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I carry full public liability insurance and have a current Disclosure and Barring Certificate (DBS - previously called CRB check).
Along with my private practice I work in a service for women (long term therapy) and in a drugs and alcohol recovery service (short term therapy). In the latter, although addiction may be the presenting problem, working with the underlying issues can be a fundamental aid to recovery.
1995 – 2008 Guideposts Trust Friendship Scheme – volunteer befriender for adults with learning difficulties.
2014 – ongoing – CGL Spectrum drug and alcohol recovery agency – volunteer counsellor
2015 – ongoing – Women’s Resource Centre, Stevenage – volunteer counsellor
In the list of below I have included my qualifications outside the realm of counselling as work in these areas has contributed to my overall understanding of life and its problems.
2015 - Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5, Integrative) Sirvana Banks Training
2013 - Certificate in Counselling Level 3
1996 – Foundation Year in Counselling – Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City
1995 - MAAT – Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians
1978 - MSc. Pharmacological Biochemistry – Hatfield Polytechnic
Areas of counselling I deal with
My sessions last 50 minutes. I charge £30 for our first session, which I see as an opportunity for us to learn a little about each other and for you to decide whether or not you like my approach. There is no obligation, but should you then decide to continue with me the standard rate is £40 a session.
I am able to offer concessions, by arrangement, for students (aged 18+) and those on limited income.
Recent CPD Courses
September 2016 - BACP Private Practice Conference 2016 'Relationships: Why do we bother?'
October 2015 – February 2016: Hertsrite e-Learning courses on PTSD, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and CBT.
2015 – BACP Student Event: attended sessions led by John Eatcock on Spirituality in Counselling and Julia Buckroyd on ‘A Journey Towards Authentic Counselling’.
2015 – Motivational Interviewing with SFBT Advanced with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CRI Spectrum
2015 – Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse – CRI Spectrum
2014 – Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling – Humanima CIC
2014 – Sexuality, Self and Spirituality – Sirvana Banks Training
2013 – An Evening with Irvin Yalom – Irvin Yalom – BACP video link.
2013 – 1.Psychodynamic Overview and Concepts / 2.Humanistic Overview and Concepts / 3.Emerging Therapies / 4. Critical Analysis and Theory to Practice - one day summer workshops with Sirvana Banks Training
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mondays daytime. Evenings Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
Types of client