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About me

There are times in life when as a parent or carer your child may experience challenging situations and this may leave you concerned about their behaviour. As a young person you might be struggling to manage your feelings and may wish to make changes to your life.

My name is Barbara I am a qualified Counsellor specialising in work with children and young people, aged from 4 to 30 years old.

I am a qualified children and young people's counsellor and VIG practitioner based in Bedfordshire. I have over 18 years experience of counselling children and young people and have worked in a variety of different settings including schools, colleges and for the NSPCC all delivering therapeutic work. I am experienced in working with children who are experiencing poor mental health or who may have experienced Trauma and insecure attachment.

I also work with adults who have experienced Childhood sexual abuse.

I work creatively using a variety of age appropriate techniques with a child centred approach. I am experienced in a number of different issues affecting young people including:

  • trauma
  • sexual abuse
  • child sexual exploitation
  • relationship breakdown
  • mental health
  • self-harming
  • Anxiety Disorder
  • Transitions

Training, qualifications & experience

I have completed a Diploma in European Therapeutic Counselling and specialised in working with Children and young people for 18 years. I have undertaken a number of different counselling courses which specialise in trauma, relationships, Attachment, mental health and young people.
I have attended many additional specialist training events and workshops in different subject areas, certificates and qualifications can be seen on request.

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I am also able to offer telephone and online counselling.
I am experienced in working with children and young people who have behavioural disorders and additional learning needs.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Solution focused brief therapy


The first 2-3 sessions will consist of an assessment to determine the type of intervention and approach required. This will include parents/carers where age appropriate.
The assessment will include a consultation with parents/carers to plan and outline any future work. The sessions will be confidential to the child or young person, however, parents will have regular reviews with the child's or young person's consent.
The sessions will be 50 minutes long but can be tailored to the child's or young person's needs. Evening and weekend appointments are available.
Session fees are £65 each. If sessions are not cancelled within 24 hours notice, a charge of £30 will be required.
Therapy sessions are delivered using a range of creative play therapy and art techniques and activities which are child and young people focused.

I am registered with private health care providers who can finance fees depending on your individual policy.

I have a continuous up to date DBS certificate

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Evening and weekend appointments available

Further information

If you feel counselling may benefit you or your child, please contact me to arrange a confidential appointment.If I cannot answer your call, please leave me a message and I will respond within 24 hours.
Parking is available on site


Key details

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Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


Parking available

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Barbara Bailey Children and young people's therapist

Barbara Bailey Children and young people's therapist