Barbara Cerminara MA PGDip MBACP (online during COVID-19 outbreak)
Originally from Rome, I have made my home in Norfolk and have often found myself working with those for whom identity, cultural background, sexuality and gender are not straightforward matters. My work is also suited for those dealing with painful, life-changing events (such as, for example, serious illness, loss, divorce and separation) or with the lingering effects of past traumas (for instance: childhood abuse and transgenerational transmission of trauma).
As a relationally oriented therapist, my emphasis is on mutuality and co-creation, an endeavour that sees us equally engaged in a process that, ultimately, may offer you the possibility to take charge more fully of your life, history and legacy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Masters (with distinction) in Jungian and Post-Jungian Studies (University of Essex), a Post-Graduate Diploma in Counselling (University of East Anglia), and was awarded the David Holt Prize for academic excellence by the Department of Psychosocial and Psychoanalytic Studies at the University of Essex. In addition, I hold a degree in fine art conservation, a teaching qualification, a certificate in Religious Studies (University of Kent), and have recently attended a course at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust which evaluates the complexities of the refugee experience drawing on systemic, narrative, psychodynamic and liberation psychology approaches.
I have worked as a volunteer for the University of East Anglia (UEA) Counselling Service for several years. My practice is informed by the BACP framework for Good Practice, and supported by both psychological theories (mainly Humanistic, Jungian and Systemic) and perhaps what is more important, a diverse life experience and a deep sense of connection with other fellow human beings.
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
My first session is free.
COVID-19: In line with the government's guidelines I have suspended all consultations in person. I am, as usual, available online. I do a certain amount of pro bono work for those who cannot afford paying for therapy.