Sally Barmes, UKCP, MBACP

Sally Barmes, UKCP, MBACP

11 Manor Farm Close
Litton Cheney
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 9TE

Nine Springs Natural Health Centre
70 Hendford
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1UR

01308 482441 / 07974 231294

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11 Manor Farm Close
Litton Cheney
Dorchester
Dorset
DT2 9TE

Nine Springs Natural Health Centre
70 Hendford
Yeovil
Somerset
BA20 1UR

01308 482441 / 07974 231294

About me

I offer both short-term counselling and longer-term therapy.

In either case, we will usually have an initial phone conversation during which we will discover if we feel reasonably comfortable with each other. If this is the case, we will arrange and meet for a first session. In that meeting I will ask you about your current circumstances and take some details of your history.

At the end of this first appointment, if you wish to see me again and I feel that I am able to help you, I will suggest that you commit to a further five meetings. During these sessions we will concentrate on understanding your circumstances and finding some resolution that you feel good about.

Towards the end of the six sessions we will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like, if necessary, to continue to see me. If that is the case, we can agree a plan that is most beneficial to you and your situation.

My aim when I work with you is to:

Accept your feelings, without judgment

Try to create a good relationship with you

Help you to make any changes you want and improve your well being

Share information and resources with you

What I won't do is:

Cure or fix you

Make decisions for you

Take advantage of you

Talk about my own problems

Talk about you inappropriately with any other person

Training, qualifications & experience

1996 - 2000   Diploma in Psychotherapy at Chiron Centre, London
1992 - 1996   Certificate in Holistic Psychotherapy at Chiron Centre, London
1984 - 1986   CQSW/DipSW at Kingston Polytechnic, Surrey  

I continue to acquire new knowledge and skills by attending training courses and workshops on subjects such as trauma therapy, brief solution focused therapy, depression, eating disorders, supervision of peers, psycho-spiritual development.

I receive regular supervision and continue to work on my own self-development, both individually with a therapist and by participating in twice-yearly retreats.  It is important to me that I maintain my own emotional health and professionalism.

I am registered with United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) and a member of BACP (MBACP).  I abide by the code of ethics of these two bodies.  I am also a member of Chiron Association of Body Psychotherapists (CABP) and Dorset Association of Counsellors and Therapists (DACAP).

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

UKCP

Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

You will see above, a list of all the isses that I can work with.  However, from what Clients tell me, I am especially skilled in helping with anxiety and stress, panic attacks, depression, low self-esteem and confidence.  When I work with these issues I help my Client to explore how the various states feel, both physically and emotionally; I teach some simple physiology and psychology so that my Client can have some "mind"understanding of what may be happening to them; then we might explore how the states have come about and what could work best to ease the distress.  As mentioned above, learning relaxation and meditation techniqes can often be helpful in these situations.

I also have considerable knowledge about Asperger's Syndrome.  I think that my skills are most effective with parents and partners of Asperger sufferers.  It seems that for many people it is easier to learn about Asperger's , and all the issues that are involved, in a one-to-one talking situation rather than from a book or training course.  I think this is probably related to the fact that when we live with someone who has Asperger's we can feel excluded, unseen, insignificant and unimportant to that person.  So, it can be an enormous relief for a parent/partner to express this and be acknowledged by an uninvolved third party.

Finally, I like to work with Clients on relationship issues.  I do not work with couples, but I can help with difficulties between couples, and between parents and their children.  This work involves helping my Client to explore their feelings about the situation; understand if the problem is familiar and in what way; identify if it is an issue of self-esteem, assertiveness, or something else.  I can help my Client to learn skills to manage conflict and/or intimacy.  Relationships are complicated things and I am told that I am able to help with sensitivity, compassion and intuition.

Other Other Areas(!)
Ongoing personal development
Counselling/therapy for counselling students and psychotherapy trainees

Fees

£45 per hour and low cost fee in some circumstances.  Please speak with me about this.

Further information

How counselling and therapy works -

I offer both short-term counselling and longer-term therapy.

In either case, we will usually have an initial phone conversation during which we will discover if we feel reasonably comfortable with each other.  If this is the case, we will arrange and meet for a first session.  In that meeting I will ask you about your current circumstances and take some details of your history.

At the end of this first appointment, if you wish to see me again and I feel that I am able to help you, I will suggest that you commit to a further five meetings.  During these sessions we will concentrate on understanding your circumstances and finding some resolution that you feel good about.

Towards the end of the six sessions we will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like, if necessary, to continue to see me.   If that is the case, we can agree a plan that is most beneficial to you and your situation.

Maps & Directions

Dorchester, DT2 9TE
Yeovil, BA20 1UR

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Availability

Monday and Friday - Yeovil - 9am till 6pm Wednesday and Thursday - Litton Cheney or Dorchester - 9am till 7pm.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
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