Barbara Attwood Integrative Arts Psychotherapist & Counsellor HCPC & UKCP reg.

Barbara Attwood Integrative Arts Psychotherapist & Counsellor HCPC & UKCP reg.

Bramber, Steyning
West Sussex

01903814104 / 07810751212

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About me

My private practice as an integrative arts psychotherapist and counsellor has evolved over 35+ years of training and experience in the NHS, Social Services and Further Education. I work with people who experience a variety of different problems: such as PTSD, loss and bereavement, separation and attachment; abuse, depression, stress and anxiety and addictive behaviours. I have also worked extensively with weight problems and disordered eating patterns. In addition to my private practice I work for a low cost counselling service in Worthing, West Sussex.

My previous roles have been with Adult Social Services for those with learning disabilities and difficulties, delivering education in social development, counselling, art therapy and advocacy training. I lectured in Further Education teaching social care courses: supervising and counselling individual students. I taught all ages, 16+ to adult, including those with special needs, learning difficulties and learning disabilities. In my creative approach to psychotherapy I often combine the arts; I find this adds valuable depth to my integrative approach to practice.

I have regular supervision with a UKCP registered supervisor. This enables me to work with my clients’ best interests: providing my clients’ with a well-balanced and thoughtful practice.

I am a registered HCPC Arts Psychotherapist and registered UKCP Integrative Arts Psychotherapist. I stand by the standards of the Health & Care Professions Council and the professional codes of ethics of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy. I am a professional member of the Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College and the Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPD study areas include:-
  • Neuroscience Developments:- NICAMB
  • Trauma:- NICAMB
  • Specialised area -Jungian Sand-tray practice -London Art Therapy Centre
  • Mindfulness Training - MBSR -Mindfulness Sussex
  • Cognitive Behavioural Training - particularly in the specialised area of Weight Loss
  • Master of Arts: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education - London Metropolitan University
  • PG. Dip: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education
  • CATT Levels  l & ll Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education
  • PG Dip: Advanced Diploma in Professional Development: The Therapeutic Application of the Arts - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education - London Metropolitan University
  • Jungian focused Foundation Course in Analytical Psychology - Society of Analytical Psychology - London
  • Bachelor of Arts(Hons): Fine Art - University College Chichester ( University of Chichester)
  • Counselling  Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy - Crawley College (Central Sussex College)
  • The Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate - Stages One and Two of the 7307 Scheme- City and Guilds of London Institute - Crawley College (Central Sussex College)

About my approach and how counselling can help.

Through my intensive work in the specialist area of disordered eating, weight and obesity issues, I work therapeutically with a wide range of issues experienced by these clients.  Often clients suffer from many different issues; weight difficulties can be a symptom of other issues that need care and attention. These problems are often a culmination of a client's various life encounters. Depression, low-self esteem, stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship difficulties and bereavement are some of the troubles that contribute to a difficult sense of relating to food and the body. Discovering how to work with these problems can bring life change, developing your individual growth and relationships. I offer both long term and short term work. My integrative approach to psychotherapy includes Attachment Difficulties, Gestalt and Jungian concepts of Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious, and additionally CBT and Mindfulness .

I offer my clients Integrative Psychotherapies; this means that my approach to work combines therapies to fit with your particular problems. Consideration is given to your personal choices and experience. This is aimed at enhancing your sense of self-awareness as we work together.

Another successful area of my work is Integrative Arts Psychotherapy. My clients can benefit from working through their concerns with the use of different art mediums. This specialist area is recommended in the NHS NICE guidelines for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Through the art media a client is helped to explore and articulate their thoughts and feelings. The 'making of' or process of making art can help a client to find new ways of viewing their problems. It provides a helpful third dimension which can expand the communication between client and therapist. The mediums I generally use are: usual art materials like crayons, paint, collage and clay, Sand-play, Body gesture and sensation, poetry and the written word. It is not necessary to have any skills in art to benefit from the therapy.

Working together: What to expect in your first session.

An initial assessment session would be our first step to our possible work together.
We would meet to assess your needs and explore your hopes and desires of therapy. If we find we are comfortable working together we can then meet again to decide how we can safely achieve theses things. Being suited to each other is important and it is perfectly acceptable to investigate various therapists before you get fully started.

I respect individuals' spirituality and can work with issues of spiritual enquiry. I also work with cultural difference and diversity.

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Fees depend on the venue. I work in consulting rooms in Steyning and Worthing in West Sussex.

1-2-1 sessions range from £55 for 50 minutes.

About group therapy

Small group art therapy workshops can be arranged. These groups are 90 minutes per session and the prices range from £55 per person. The subjects of these groups include working with various transitory life changes such as becoming a new parent. The groups would normally run around 6-8 weeks and provide a helpful path to explore a new role in life. These groups are open for negotiation with me.

Further information

For those individuals who need extra communication help I am trained in sign stages of Makaton Vocabulary Development; a sign and symbol language. A universal language for those with speech difficulties.

Maps & Directions

Bramber, Steyning, BN44

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Yes
Other languages: Makaton sign language


Wheelchair access: No

Easy parking and 3 steps up into house with large ground floor toilet facilities.


I have Tuesday evening and Thursday afternoon avaiable for short term work. 6 to 18 weeks this spring/summer. Confidential encrypted facetime therapy: WhatsApp via your mobile service.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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