Barbara Driver, MBACP, MSc, Dip. in Integrative Counselling, Dip. in Psychology
I am a registered member of the BACP and offer confidential counselling from my practice in Wimbledon with safe guarding around Covid is strictly adhered to. I conduct sessions via Zoom, Skype and Watsapp.
I am experienced in working with individuals and couples experiencing anxiety, depression, bereavement and relationship difficulties.
My overall strategy is based upon the principle that people have choices and are responsible for their own decisions. I work integratively both with long term and short term interventions. I am able to recognize that working in a time-limited way in an environment such as the NHS can be helpful for many clients. I have found that having a clearly identifiable goal/problem to work on can promote independence and autonomy. On these occasions, I may draw on some basic CBT and solution focused techniques to help clients understand how feelings, thoughts and behaviours are interconnected. I also explore with the clients, their own past resilience and ideas about how they would like life to be and what they would like to do to change that. I keep in mind psychodynamic principles such as attachment and loss and how this may be impacting on the client’s presentation.
Using the psychology that personalities are formed by a combination of conscious and unconscious factors, my humane approach is intended to help clients understand that their present problems can in many ways be very much related to their past and that their acceptance of this can indeed be a very effective form of therapy.
Every individual is different and therefore everyone is approached using a variety of techniques and tools that can benefit them.
I also work on an open-ended contract as at times this might be necessary to provide the right treatment plan that can be tailored to meet individual needs.
By using my knowledge and experience of this form of counselling and working together we will be able to evaluate the very best way forward.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Life Course Development (Psychology and Sociology)
- Dip. in Psychology
- Dip. in Integrative Counselling.
- Certificate in Bereavement Counselling
*Macmillan Cancer Services
*Bereavement counselling with Cruse in Croydon
*Stress and work related issues
*Relationship- working with couples and individuals through Marriage Care
In supporting clients my main approaches are Person Centred, Existential and some CBT techniques, to understand the clients present difficulties that may have relevance to their past and help them understand and accept this in order for them to make sense of their present circumstances.
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
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
EAP/Health Insurance Providers
50 minute session:
£45.00 per session
Couples £ 65.00
Student concession: £35.00.
Reduced fees for clients on a low income are available.
Supervision: £40.00 per session
Monday to Saturday 9am to 9pm.