Anna Barnes MBACP, Dip Couns, BScOT.
You will set the pace and together we’ll find a way forwards that makes your life feel better. I will support, listen, and help so it will feel like you are having a relaxed and useful meeting with yourself.
I am a qualified and experienced therapist providing understanding and non-judgemental counselling sessions to help and support you. Here you will feel welcome, heard and safe. My warm and supportive approach allows clients to work towards their goals in a safe and understanding environment. I believe in individuality and empowering you in who you are and the decisions you make.
By integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy with Existential, Humanistic and Psychodynamic therapies I am able to help clients become more self aware, find ways of coping in the here and now, and make meaningful changes. I firmly believe life can feel better.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have nine years’ experience as a Counsellor working with teenagers and adults, and prior to that was a Senior O.T. working in a variety of health settings with all ages from three up.
Over the last seven years I have practiced in schools around Wiltshire offering therapy to both students and staff, and providing training. I am a trusted and DBS checked therapist repeatedly bought in by headteachers.
I have worked alongside members of the armed forces and have experience providing a confidential space for staff who value a safe and ethical ear to talk to about their work.
My background gives me experience of a wide range of emotional health issues, illnesses, disabilities and life events. I appreciate how difficult and challenging life can be, even when all appears to be going well to outsiders.
I work with adults and teenagers on a variety of different issues such as depression, anxiety, generalised anxiety disorder, panic disorder, lack of self confidence, anger, work related problems, lack of motivation, relationship issues, divorce and separation, emotional, physical and sexual abuse, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, self-harm, loneliness, suicidal feelings, issues from childhood and OCD.
I am passionate about working with anger and anxiety. I recognising how common they are, but how draining they can be to live with, and I bring a fresh take on managing them.
Phone me or come along for an informal chat to see how counselling can help you.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I charge £50 for a one hour session.
I suggest a short conversation on the telephone, followed by an initial consultation session. There is no commitment to book further sessions, what matters is that we are a good match.
The first session will be paid for prior to meeting. Subsequent sessions will be paid for one week in advance.
Discounted block booking available for schools and organisations.
I have a light and calm, purpose built therapy room in a quiet area. Access is via a few steps across gravel. I regret that the door is narrow and not suitable for wheelchair access, and I am unable to offer bathroom conveniences.