Barbara Cairns

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Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5
Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

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 can choose to do this on the phone, via Zoom, or face to face.

Whatever the catalyst for you to consider counselling, be it the effect of events recently, e.g. Covid and lockdown, or you perhaps want support in moving forward from a difficult, potentially traumatic, experience which has occurred in your past. You may be dealing with something in the present, for example relationship issues, a stressful working environment, a bereavement. Whatever brings you to counselling I will listen to you, truly hear what you are saying, and sometimes I may also hear what you are not saying.

Many people’s lives have altered since March 2020, often significantly, often not by choice, often causing unwanted change and negative impacts. As we move forward there remains an unknown future ahead of what ‘normal’ life will be. For some this may be exciting, for many it is uncomfortable, and for some it may be quite frightening.

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.

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, and family relationships.

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. I also work in a Foster Agency, supporting families who care for children with challenging behaviours.

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)

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

In 2020 I received a "hefty diagnosis" (medical speak for serious) requiring 5 months intensive chemotherapy, which thankfully has been successful. This experience has given me great insight and empathy into the difficult, lonely, frightening world of cancer, from the diagnosis, to treatment and afterwards. I hope I can help and support others in and after their battle.


£45.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Each hourly session is charged at £45, although the introductory meeting is charged at £35. I offer a subsidy to those on low incomes and to students. Please get in touch for further details.

When I work

I can arrange appointments at either Church Stretton, Thursday and Friday 9-5, or Shrewsbury town centre, Thursday and Friday 9-5. I can do evenings Monday to Thursday by arrangement.

Further information

I can arrange appointments via phone or Zoom or I can meet in person. I have facilities at either Church Stretton, Monday to Friday 9-5, or Shrewsbury town centre, Monday to Friday 9-5 with some evenings possible by arrangement.

Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY5

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
Wheelchair user access

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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.

The two facilities I use have wheelchair access

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Barbara Cairns
Barbara Cairns