Yvonne Barham, Counselling for Individuals & Couples, MBACP
I am an independent experienced Integrative Counsellor & Cognitive & Behavioural Therapist. with extensive experience in working across a broad range of concerns & cultural backgrounds.
I practice integrative relational therapy, which means that I integrate theory from various models so that what happens in the counselling room is the best therapy for your personality, history & needs.
Finding a counsellor can be scary and confusing.
Deciding that you are going to make contact with a stranger can take a long time. You may have lots of questions and fears around what therapy is about & how it will be for you.
Therapy is for everyone.
It's an investment in you, for now and for your future. Therapy takes courage, commitment & a desire to change. Therapy can heal the wounds of past trauma and free you to make decisions based on your current situation and not one from your past.
Research suggests that the most important part of therapy is the relationship between the client and the therapist.
If you decide to start therapy with me, we will meet regularly for an hour to talk about what is not working for you in your life.
You will decide your goals for therapy and how you are going to get there.
Therapy can be focused on a specific concern such as stress at work or a wider exploration of the reasons behind an addiction or for example how you relate to others and why you keep repeating the same patterns.
Therapy is your time to use how you want. It will give you the opportunity, time and space for you to explore your world. It can lead to an understanding of what has shaped you as a person and give you the choice to make decisions that are right for you so you can be who you really are.
Most of our communication is non verbal and sometimes there are no words to describe how you feel or what's happened in the past. These memories or feelings may have come from a time before you learnt to speak but you need to find a way of expressing how it is for you.
So to do this I also work creatively using different media. It's a very safe way of getting to the essence of who you are, the part of you that that remains hidden & as a way of reaching the unconscious mind. It can help you come to terms with difficult feelings, events or memories.
I offer a warm, understanding approach, with an emphasis on genuineness & acceptance, to create a safe place to talk.
I have extensive experience of working with substance abuse; Cocaine & Alcohol. If you are using, you are doing the right thing by getting help. Its the first step to recovery.
CBT is effective with a wide range of every day stresses such as anxiety, sleeping, panic attacks, low mood. It is the preferred way of working with addictions & is very effective.
I have specific training in Sexual Assault & Rape, working with survivors & family members.
I offer short term & long term counselling.
Short term counselling is up to 12 sessions.
Long term counselling is open ended.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: CPCAB
PgDip Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CPCAB
PODS; (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) training in Working with Relational Trauma
Intensive Stop Smoking using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
Relate trained facilitators-Couple Counselling;
Bereavement training with the Hospice Movement:
Face to face work with clients who have suffered a bereavement:
Rape and sexual assault training with the Women's Counselling Service (Hounslow):
Telephone helpline work, for men and women:
Training counsellors in working with clients:
Guest speaker at Met Police training session for child protection:
Addiction training specifically alcohol & drug addiction: face to face work with clients:
Women only Centre; face to face work with women clients
Child Protection Training facilitated by Brent & Harrow Health Authority
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Borderline personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
Choosing the right therapist is difficult so I offer a free initial 15 minute telephone consultation which will give you an opportunity to talk through what you want from counselling as well as giving you a feel of what future sessions would be like.
Individual sessions: £45 per session (60 mins)
Individual sessions at the Weekend: £50 (60 mins)
Couple Counselling £70 per session (60 mins)
Face time available for Apple users
There may be times when I'm unable to take your call so please text me and I will call you back.
There are some concessional sessions available, please ask.
I look forward to meeting you.
3-5mins from Pinner Met line station
2-3mins from local bus stops
Free on street parking except beween 11am -12 midday, Monday to Friday only
All other times parking is free.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available for Early morning & Evening consultations, Monday to Saturday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|