Barbara Freeman

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MBACP Reg, ACTO Accr., Counselling Supervisor OCN,
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Near Poole BH18 & Fleet GU51
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About me

I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor and accredited Supervisor with over 13 years experience and have undergone extensive, additional training to work effectively via the internet.  I only see face to face clients in my practice in Dorset, all other sessions are done remotely via Zoom.

I will listen to you and your concerns in a safe, emphatic and confidential environment. I will respond to your story and communicate my understanding of what is troubling you and together we will explore how to manage your life better and how to best move forward in a way that suits you.

You will not be judged, analysed or told what to do and we will work together – at your pace - one step at a time. Our relationship will be based on honesty and acceptance.

My Integrative approach to counselling means that I believe that:

  • we are shaped by our past and environment and have freedom of choice
  • we are responsible for our own lives and given the right support can find meaning and happiness

Other approaches I integrate into my work when suitable:

  • CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - helpful for anxiety, stress and depression
  • Psychodynamic Theory (exploring past, relationships ...)
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy
  • Equine Facilitated Learning 
  • Mindfulness (kindness, acceptance and managing stress)
  • Coaching (goal setting etc)

For further information, please click the link to my website  or contact me via Counselling Directory.

Training, qualifications & experience

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by The Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Challenging Behaviour - Careskills Academy (Level 2 & 3)
  • Autism Awareness - Careskills Academy (Level 2 & 3)
  • Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults, Level 1, 2 & 3
  • Online and Telephone Counselling,  Level 1 & 2 Advanced, ACTO Accredited
  • Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional - PESI
  • OCN Certificate in Counselling Supervision Level 5 - OCN
  • Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapeutic Counselling  - CPCAB               
  • TA 101– Institute of Transactional Analysis
  • Levels 1- 4 Certificate in Counselling Skills - CPCAB
  • Certificate in Further and Higher Education - University of Surrey
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Teacher Training - Mindfulness UK 
  • Mindfulness & Yoga Therapy for Addiction - The Minded Institute
  • Mindfulness in Schools Project .b  - Bangor University

Continuing Professional Development

  • Finding the Authentic Self with Horses - Eponaquest UK - Rosie Withey
  • Connections 101 - Eponaquest USA - Linda Kohanov
  • Equine Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning - Eponaquest USA - Linda Kohanov
  • Introduction Workshops with LEAP and EAGALA (Equine Interventions)
  • Introduction to Polyvagal Therapy - Deb Dana
  • Working with Shame - Christiane Sanderson                                                     
  • Landscapes of Grief - Loss & Bereavement
  • Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery - Carolyn Spring
  • CBT Boot Camp Level 1 & 2 - Dr.Christine Padesky
  • Working with survivors of Domestic Abuse - Christiane Sanderson
  • Running Therapy Groups - Confer
  • Child Sexual Abuse - Carolyn Spring
  • Trauma & Dissociative Identity Disorder - Carolyn Spring
  • Introduction to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - Louise Alexander
  • The Disintegrating Self (Autism) - Dr Phil Mollon
  • Attachment Theory - Sir Richard Bowlby
  • Self Harm & It's Meanings - Anna Motz
  • Working with Depression - Gill Bannister
  • Mindfulness in Schools with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Learning Difficulties and Autism - Dr Phil Mollon
  • Approaches to Addiction Therapy - Jon Lavender
  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Working with LGBTQ+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi- & Transgender) clients
  • Mental Health, Drug & Alcohol Awareness
  • Yoga Therapy for Addictions - The Minded Institute
  • Conversations with the Body - Margaret Langdale                                            
  • Self Harm and Suicidal Ideation
  • Porn and Internet Addiction
  • Neuroscience of Mindfulness
  • Relationships - Betrayal & Affairs
  • 12 Step Program for Addictions
  • Mindfulness for Stress Reduction
  • Mindfulness in Client Work
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leadership
  • Stress Competencies & Strategy for Management
  • Resilience at Work

In addition to my private practice, I supervise therapists who volunteer for Frontline 19 (therapy for NHS staff) and have worked for charities (Surrey Alcohol Drugs & Addiction Service and Life Story) and for Employee Assisted Programs (corporate).  I get referrals from Cigna, Curian Medical Insurance and Triage. I also run self-care workshops and wellbeing retreats, mindfulness based stress reduction courses, Equine Facilitated Learning Workshops and Yoga.

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

Equine Facilitated Learning & Psychotherapy, Walk & Talk Therapy, Mindfulness, Meditation, Yoga Therapy

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£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

It is important that you feel comfortable and safe with your therapist; this is why I offer a FREE 15 min Introductory Telephone Call to answer any questions you may have. 

My fee is £50.00 per 52 - 60 min session.

Concessions for Trainee counsellors and NHS workers only

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I am offering zoom and video sessions worldwide, face-to-face therapy just in Dorset.

I work Monday to Friday between 9.30 am - 9.00 pm.  Saturdays by request.

Further information

I also offer workshops and courses in mindfulness training/meditation. I teach on a 1-2-1 basis or in a group format and also run corporate training sessions.

Broadstone, Near Poole, Dorset, BH18

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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I am an OCN Supervisor and experienced Integrative Counsellor and have been in clinical practice for over 13 years. I also work with other modalities

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Barbara Freeman
Barbara Freeman