Hi I'm Barbara I hope I can help. I'm an experienced, qualified Counsellor working with Adults, Couples, Youths and Children. I appreciate how isolating it can be to be struggling with things and feeling there's nobody to talk to. I offer a safe and non judgemental environment, where you can talk and feel heard. The hardest part is taking those initial steps and finding a Counsellor who you feel you can trust. I hope to offer a place where it feels safe and you feel able to be yourself and allay some of those fears.
A bit about me.
Experienced and fully qualified. I have worked with Adults, Couples and Children for many years in various settings, charities and schools, dealing with a wide range of difficulties and issues.I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and adhere to their ethical codes and practice.I have a strong commitment to continued professional development.
Work with Adults
I have a lot of experience working closely with and supporting many adults, having worked in various agency and charity settings, as well as in private practice over the past few years.Working therapeutically, I have supported many clients, working together with an emphasis on helping them to increase their own self esteem and assisting in empowering them to improve their own ability to deal with difficulties in their lives including difficulties and issues such as:
- anxiety and depression,
- self esteem and confidence
- loss and bereavement,
- anger and anger management
- relationship difficulties,
- Infertility and miscarriage,
- rape, abuse and domestic violence.
Work with Youths and Children
With over 20 years valuable experience working with children, teens and youths in groups and individually. I am currently working with Place2Be, a children’s charity based in schools. I provide emotional and therapeutic support in primary and secondary schools and private practice, building children's resilience through talking, creative work and play. Helping them to cope with wide-ranging and often complex social issues including:
- bullying, bereavement, domestic violence, family breakdown, neglect and trauma. Helping them to increase confidence and self esteem particularly when experiencing anxiety relating to issues such as relationships, loss and bullying.
Agencies worked with
PLace2Be working within primary and secondary schools.
I believe that there is always something new to learn and make a commitment to on-going professional development in different areas and undertake regular clinical supervision.
I am available for evenings and during office hours, I work with clients of all ages on an individual basis dealing with a wide range of issues. The length of time clients work with me varies according to the needs of each person and includes both longer term therapeutic work as well as short term solution focused counselling.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling
Counselling : Children and Youths Level 4
Counselling Skills - Level 3,
Counselling Concepts - Level 2,
BA Hons Degree
Level 4 Certificate in Children’s and Youth Counselling (school based)
Child Sexual Exploitation
RASA Parents Protect Training
RASA Rape and Sexual Violence
Neuroscience Training understanding Attachment, Trauma and Abuse.
Attachment Theory and Practice.
Working with Metaphor in therapeutic play.
Working with narratives (with children).
Relationships Counselling Training
Working with Domestic Violence BACP Training
Working with General Anxiety and Trauma
Fully enhanced CRB / DBS certification.
I committed to ongoing professional training in all relevant areas.
I have experience working in various Charities/ Agencies and independently with face to face counselling supporting vulnerable and isolated adults who feel they have nowhere to turn. I work within Schools with children and youths dealing with a variety of issues, supporting them in raising their confidence and self esteem. I have managed counselling services within these agencies and continue to work within them and out in the community in schools.
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
I offer a free 30 minute initial consultation as I feel it's important for a person to feel comfortable before deciding to commit to a counselling relationship.
Thereafter there is a charge of :
£35 per session, for individual face to face counselling.
£45 per session for couples face to face/ online Video Skype/ Zoom session.
£35 for individual telephone/ online Video Skype or Zoom session.
Reduced rates offered where blocks of sessions booked ( 6 or more).
Concessions available for students and those not in employment.