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UKCP MBACP, London and Oxfordshire

About me

 Hello. If you are feeling anxious,  troubled, sad, stressed, depressed, overwhelmed, stuck, or unfulfilled, I provide a supportive, confidential and open-minded space to explore your situation. As an existential therapist I focus on what it means to be alive. By finding meaning and new possibilities in the obstacles life throws up you can live a richer more fulfilling life.

I offer a holistic approach that views body, mind, emotions and spirit as inseparable aspects of being, all requiring care and concern. I will not impose fixed ideas or concepts but I will do all I can to help you make sense of your situation and find meaning. I work in a practical and philosophical way to help you engage and deal with what is troubling you. I believe that respect for the individual, understanding and being real are important qualities for therapy.

I offer short term, time limited and long term therapy depending on your needs. For those new to therapy I recommend 12 sessions as a starting point.

Therapy sessions can take place online, by phone or in person with COVID-19 safety measures in place. 

I have extensive experience  of working with people of all ages from young adults and in particular with anxiety, stress, generalised anxiety disorder, (GAD) social anxiety, panic attacks, depression, feeling sad, suicidal thoughts, trauma, low self-confidence and self-esteem, body dysmorphia, eating disorders, relationship issues, parenting concerns, phobias, long-term illness, bereavement and loss.

In addition I offer Autogenic Training.  Autogenic Therapy is a simple but profound self-help technique to rebalance the bodies physiological stress response and reduce anxiety. 

What to expect

I offer an initial consultation to discuss your situation and decide whether my approach is right for you. If you decide to start therapy, a regular weekly session time will be agreed and reserved for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a qualified accredited psychotherapist.

 PGDip in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, School of Psychotherapy and Counselling Psychology, Regents University, London

ADEP Advanced Diploma in Existential Psychotherapy, Regent's University, London

PGCAT Post Graduate Certificate in Autogenic Training, British Autogenic Society

I am accredited by the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) and a registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, the SEA (Society of Existential Analysis) and BAS (British Autogenic Society). I abide by their Codes of Ethics and Conduct.  As part of these codes, I receive supervision and undertake regular further training and personal development.

As an undergraduate I studied Modern History at Balliol College, Oxford University. Prior to training to become a psychotherapist I worked in finance and trained as a Chartered Accountant(ACA)  I have experience of working in a range of organisations, including a University Counselling Department for 5 years, and a voluntary community based counselling service for young people. I am currently in private practice in South Oxfordshire and Central London.

I have been trained in different models of psychotherapy including psychodynamic, relational, humanistic, attachment, cognitive behavioural therapies and Autogenic Therapy. I primarily work within the existential tradition, which explores being human and all that that entails.

Member organisations

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Registered / Accredited

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UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In addition I have experience of working with the following issues:

-domestic violence and abuse

-parenting issues and concerns

-employment, work, career and unemployment issues

- long term illness, and fear of death and dying

- meaninglessness and isolation

- Expatriate experiences and issues of belonging, identity and home.

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Fees

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • WPA

Additional information

My fees for an initial consultation are £75. The fee for ongoing therapy depends on time of day and location and will be discussed in the initial consultation. Sessions last 50 minutes from scheduled start time.

Payment is online prior to the session.

For more information or to speak prior to arranging an initial consultation please contact me on 07812 095633 or email alina@alinabarrowcliff.com

When I work

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Please contact to arrange an initial consultation for starting therapy in January 2022.

Further information

Access

Watlington My private consulting room is situated at the foot of the Chiltern Hills in a quiet rural location, and is easily accessible from Henley-on-Thames, Wallingford, Thame, High Wycombe, Oxford, Princes Risborough, Chinnor, Marlow and OX49, RG9 and OX44 postal areas .  Junction 6 of the M40 is 6 minutes away.

Chiltern Street, Marylebone, London W1U is easily accessible from Baker Street Underground Station.  There is on-street metered parking.

Parking

There is  free parking at my Watlington consulting room. 

Watlington, OX49

Marylebone, London, W1U

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Groups

Key details

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