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About me

I am a British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy Accredited Counsellor (BACP) with 25 years experience in various areas of counselling. I have had my small counselling practice in my home for the past 20 years.  It is important to me that my practice remains small and personal as this allows me to respond promptly to enquires for counselling and to see clients at a short notice.

The areas in which I feel I am best suited to suppport clients are as follows :

-         Losses, such as bereavement, divorce and redundancy.

-         Difficulties with starting, sustaining and ending relationships.

-         Family worries and crisis including adoption, physical and sexual abuse,   
          setting boundaries for children teenagers.

-         Managing the day to day stress of caring for someone close who is unwell.

-         Work related problems, I see people who have been referred via their  
          employers referral scheme.

-         Working with couples and individuals

-         Working with students.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are wondering if counselling may be helpful for you, and we can talk about whether I would be the most appropriate person to support you.

If you decide to contact me we would talk about what you were requiring on the telephone, if we decide to meet, we would arrange an intial session. We would then be able to talk face to face. If we both feel it would meet your needs for us to continue to work together,  we would agree a counselling plan to suit your needs and committments. I usually suggest people see me for 4 - 6 weeks and we can then review the progress of our work together.

Tel No:  07971325229/bacwn@aol.com

Training, qualifications & experience

I undertook my Social Work Training at the Anglia College, Brentwood Essex and my
Advanced Diploma in Counselling at Goldsmiths College, London.

I trainied as a Psychodynamic Counsellor but would now describe myself as more Intergrated and Person Centered in my approach.

During my careers in Social Work and Counselling I have ensured that I complete adequate training and reading to keep myself infomed of current trends and ways forward in all areas.

Certificate in Social Work   1989
Advanced Diploma in counselling  1993
BACP Accreditation 2001
Post Graduate Qualification in Child Care 2001

Following obtaining my Certificate in Social Work in 1989 I worked in and Children and Families Social Work Team in the London Area, I stayed there for 11 years and then went on to be a Deputy/Acting Team manager in a Children with Disablies team. I have also been involved in carrying out Adoption and Fostering Assessments and more recently have been involved in chairing reviews of children who are looked after by the local authority and foster carers reviews.

I have also been a foster carer and have vast experience of caring for a relative with a Disability and Dementia.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

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I prefer to discuss the fees for my sessions with my clients as part of formulating their Counselling Plan.


Early morning, day time, some evenings and weekends.

Further information

I have had my small counselling practice in my home for the past 20 years.  It is important to me that my practice remains small and personal as this allows me to respond promptly to enquires for counselling and to see clients at a short notice

I feel my vast experience of working with children and families and my own life experience allows me to offer people who come to see me a safe caring environment in which they can share whatever is worrying them.


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.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Older adults
Barbara Cowan - BACP Accredited Counsellor

Barbara Cowan - BACP Accredited Counsellor