Jo Bisseker Barr BA Hons, MBACP (Accredited), UKRCP

Jo Bisseker Barr  BA Hons, MBACP (Accredited), UKRCP


07963 592698

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07963 592698

About me

You may be wondering whether therapy might help you...

My counselling practice offers an opportunity to discuss personal difficulties in a safe environment with someone who is trained to neither judge nor advise, but to help explore and make sense of issues. The aim is to help you gain new insight and to feel less confused or troubled, to make positive changes in your life, or come to terms with things that can’t be changed.

I offer short-term and long-term counselling to adults and young people at my private practice in a discreet setting in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. The M27 is only 5 minutes drive away, and Southampton can be reached in 15 minutes.

The majority of my work is face to face, although, if people move or work away, for example, I also carry out some counselling by email.

I am happy to speak to you before you make an appointment, in order to answer any questions or concerns and help you decide whether you would like to arrange an Initial Assessment session.

This first session gives us an opportunity to explore whether or not counselling is the right step for you, as well as whether we feel we can work together. You may decide there and then, or wish to go away and think about it.

Counselling can help with issues such as:

  • Feeling anxious, angry or upset
  • Having problems with feelings, thoughts, behaviour or relationships with family or others
  • Suffering from panic attacks or insomnia
  • Feeling 'stuck' in a distressing situation, believing there is no way out
  • Having problems making decisions or concentrating
  • Coping with a trauma or a bereavement
  • Feeling that life lacks direction or makes no sense
  • Becoming tense, stressed or panicky and finding it difficult to relax
  • Having uncomfortable physical symptoms
  • Hoarding or feeling unable to clear clutter
  • Low self-esteem or thoughts of suicide

Events from the past, unhelpful learnt ways of relating or unresolved conflicts can unconsciously influence current feelings, choices and patterns of behaviour. Experiencing traumatic life events, or having to deal with problems over a long period, can also interfere with our ability to cope.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified and experienced counsellor and an Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I have worked both for GP surgeries, and for a counselling charity for a number of years, giving me valuable experience of working with people from many backgrounds and with a wide range of issues. I have also run my own practice since 2006.

The therapeutic model I work to is psychodynamic but I also practice CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Mindfulness techniques and use a Family Systems approach, where helpful. Psychodynamic theory helps me understand the impact that early relationships and experiences can have on an individual's current perception of themselves and their patterns of relating to others.

I adhere to the BACP ethical framework of good practice and am committed to offering a high standard of confidential, professional therapy. I undertake regular training and personal and professional development in order to maintain my knowledge and skills. I am a member of Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and Wessex Psychotherapy Society.

In line with professional standards, I have regular Clinical Supervision and am listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists.

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My fee is £40 per 50-minute session.

When you contact me, I arrange an initial assessment session for us to meet, explore why you are interested in counselling, and decide whether you would like to go ahead with more sessions. The cost of this one-off session is also £40. Once you have started counselling, you can have as many or as few sessions as you would like, and you are free to end the counselling when you choose. If you prefer, we can also arrange to meet for a fixed number of sessions, to work on a specific area that is troubling you.

Further information

Getting in Touch
You can either phone or send me an email. Please leave a message if I am unable to answer your call, and I will get back to you as soon as I am able.

I work during the day-time and sessions are held regularly at the same time each week. Please note that there are stairs to climb in order to reach my counselling room. There is no waiting room, so it is important that you arrive punctually rather than early, in order to protect your privacy, and that of any other clients I may be seeing.

There is plenty of parking available and there is a bus-stop 2 minutes away. I am less than 10 minutes walk from Lyndhurst village centre.

I am fully professionally insured.


M: 07963 592698

Writing for Well-being Workshops

I also run 'Write your Mind' workshops in reflective writing for self-care and personal development. Please see my website, for further information, and forthcoming dates.

I can also tailor workshops to groups of professionals as Continuing Professional Development events. Please contact me to discuss further.

Maps & Directions

Lyndhurst, SO43

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None