Sally Barker, UKCP Reg
West Hill House
6 Swaine's Lane
07833767026 / 07833 767026
I believe the therapeutic relationship is all-important for a person seeking to develop personal insight and self-acceptance. I aim to offer a safe, reflective space in which to explore and expand an understanding of self and relationships, working towards self-fulfilment, self esteem and freedom from anxiety.
People come into psychotherapy with a variety of issues and emotional difficulties that they may have struggled with for some time. Taking the step to seek help is often a scary one and comes at a stage when they feel they have nowhere else to turn or do not wish to burden family and friends. Finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe is important and the first couple of sessions are an opportunity to find out whether you can work together and whether you feel understood. Having a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about yourself, in confidence, can be a healing experience in itself.
For many this can mean working through painful emotions like shame, guilt, self-doubt, whose roots may lay in early childhood experiences or difficult family dynamics. Over time, psychotherapy can help identify the obstacles that are preventing you from changing and moving on. Unconscious patterns of relating, to ourselves and to others, get established early on in our lives and then get repeated over and over again, often with painful consequences, until we can make them conscious and become empowered to make healthier choices.
I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist with fifteen years experience of working in both private practice and public sector settings. These include NHS and business organisations, further and higher education, local authorities and working with GP practices. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples at my practice in Highgate.
Training, qualifications & experience
BA Honours Degree.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training - Graduate of The Guild of Psychotherapists.
Diploma from National Centre of Eating Disorders.
Qualified Practitioner of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Anna Freud Centre/Tavistock Clinic.
Member of the BACP and registered with UKCP.
I have worked for the last thirteen years as a psychotherapist at the Brandon Centre, Kentish Town, London, offering psychotherapy to adolescents and consultation to parents.
Prior to working at the Brandon Centre I worked in Higher Education/University Counselling Services at Middlesex University and Queen Mary's University for seven years.
I worked for two years at ACCEPT, an agency offering support for alcohol addiction, offering both individual and group therapy.
I am a facilitator of The Freedom Programme which is a group programme offering support to survivors of domestic violence.
I have run a group for perpetrators of domestic violence for the last seven years at the Men's Centre, West Hill House, in Highgate.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer parenting consultation and support.
I operate a sliding scale of fees depending on income, which usually ranges from £55 - £85 per session for individuals, £80 - £110 for couples.
I can be contacted on 07833 767 026 or by email email@example.com
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early morning sessions from 7am, daytime and evening sessions available Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training