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Barbara Cairns MA MBACP

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5
07305 652373 07305 652373

About me

Hello. My name is Barbara and I am a Person-Centred counsellor based in Shrewsbury (SY1) and Church Stretton (SY6). I offer a safe and confidential space where you can discuss whatever you may be struggling with, in an environment where you will not be judged.

You may be considering counselling for a number of reasons. You perhaps want support in moving forward from a difficult, potentially traumatic, experience which has occurred in your past, or you may be dealing with something in the present, for example relationship issues, a stressful working environment, a bereavement. Whichever, I will to listen to you and hear what you are saying, and sometimes I may also hear what you are not saying.

I find that the world we live in can be high pressured and fast paced, not allowing us time to reflect and process our experiences. Counselling allows you that time, and my experience has shown this to be hugely beneficial to the vast majority of clients I have been fortunate to sit with.

When considering counselling, clients can often feel nervous and unsure, particularly if this will be their first experience of counselling. Know that you are not alone. I offer an introductory meeting at a reduced rate that will give you an idea of how we can work together and what to expect from future sessions. It can give you an understanding of how your concerns may be addressed through counselling and you may feel more confident in your decision to start therapy.

I work with adults of all ages, believing that our journey through life is an ongoing opportunity for personal fulfilment. Disregarding age, 20s or 40s or 70s (and I have worked with each of them) I recognise the individual’s ability to reflect and to change through personal development. My role is to empower and facilitate your development, to be by your side. I am able to help with a wide range of issues and have particular experience of working with bereavement and loss, including suicide.

I aim to answer all emails or phone messages within 24 hours, so please check your junk mailbox for replies.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have several years experience counselling in the third sector, and now have my own private practice. I hold a Master's in Clinical Counselling, focusing on the person-centred approach.

Prior studying for my career change I worked in retail management for 20 years and then in local government for 10 years. All in all I would consider myself to have experienced the many challenges that life can throw at us.

I continue my personal development and regularly attend further training and development opportunities.

I am a registered member of the BACP.

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.

Accredited register membership

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy


Each hourly session is charged at £40, although the introductory meeting is charged at £30. I offer a subsidy to those on low incomes and to students. Please get in touch for further details.

Further information

I can arrange appointments at either Church Stretton, Monday to Friday 9-5, or Shrewsbury town centre, Monday to Friday 9-5 with some evenings possible by arrangement.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access

The two facilities I use have wheelchair access


I can arrange appointments at either Church Stretton, Monday to Friday 9-5, or Shrewsbury town centre, Monday to Friday 9-5 with some evenings possible by arrangement.

Types of client

Older adults
Barbara Cairns MA MBACP

Barbara Cairns MA MBACP