Barbara Norton (BA) hons CBT, Dip Relationship Counselling BACPM
Hello, I'm Barbara. I have worked privately and within the NHS for 20 years gaining valuable experience, and knowledge working with individuals and couples.
I specialise in working with couples and individuals who are struggling with mental health challenges, (Anxiety disorders, Depression, Stress, Low self-worth), relationship difficulties or who just want to understand how they can make their life and relationships better. My work integrates Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, Systemic and Solution Focused Therapies, helping the individual develop simple steps for inner resilience and lasting change. Before undertaking therapy, it is important to feel safe and in control of the process, in a non-judgemental and confidential environment.
Integrating several theories, CBT, Mindfulness, Systemic and Solution Focused Therapy, enables you to understand your difficulties from several different perspectives. Using a flexible approach gives you the knowledge to be autonomous and create change both cognitively and behaviourally, to improve your quality of life and relationships.
A systemic approach helps you to understand your work, family, social or intimate relationship dynamics and the needs of the other. I utilise this approach to help individuals and couples understand the complexities within their relationships, when there is relationship conflict or betrayal.
A cognitive behavioural approach helps you to identify the link between your thoughts, behaviour and mood which is beneficial to overcoming stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, depression and relationship difficulties.
How it works
Individuals: Your first session will be to address your needs and formulate a tailored package of care. Your Confidentiality is one of the most fundamental ethical and legal obligations owed by therapists and will be adhered to during therapy.
Couples: will attend their first appointment together, then undertake a 1-on-1 individual appointment to address individual expectations and identify goals for the work ahead. The sessions will include elements of cognitive Behaviour therapy (CBT) and Systemic Therapy. Both therapies are person-centred in nature and value the relationship as essential to therapeutic change.
If you feel therapy is right for you and want to arrange an appointment, you can contact me either via my email, mobile, or text. This may help to answer any initial questions or queries you may have.
Email: Found at the top of my profile.
-Thank you so much for your help and support in exam related anxiety. As a Doctor myself, I did not realise the importance of therapy in relieving the suffering of anxiety in an individual until I met you. Your calm, composed and structured approach to my problem put me at ease straight away. Your thorough appreciation of the problem and your easy to understand methods of conveying it to me was outstanding. The schematic diagrams and sketches helped me immensely in understanding my own hurdles in getting rid of my anxiety. Your time, effort and patience has been greatly appreciated. If I do get through my troubles in due course, it wouldn't have been possible without your contribution.
-Excellent! Barbara you helped me through an incredibly difficult divorce. Therapy helped me to work through some very painful feelings and beliefs, to find happiness and peace within myself.
-I have only been working with you for a couple of weeks, but already I feel more in control. I've learnt insights about myself that have helped with relationship decisions and I'm slowly starting to recognise my value. Cannot thank you enough.
-Working with you has helped me to develop my self worth and self-esteem. I finally understand who I am and can let go of the past and move forward.
-If you had told me at the beginning of therapy that we as a couple would change so much, I would not have believed you. Thank you for helping us to communicate and appreciate each other better and helping us to have more quality time as a couple.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 20 years experience in both private and NHS settings as an integrative cognitive therapist, with 10 years experience as an educator of psychological therapies including: Cognitive Behaviour, Person Centred and Solution Focused therapies. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) and member of The British Association of Behaviour and Cognitive Psychotherapy (BABCP). My work is evidence-based and monitored by supervision.
Qualifications and training
- BA (hons) in Psychological Therapies (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) - Teesside University
- Undergraduate in CBT- Teesside University
- Advanced Diploma in Higher Education - Sunderland University
- Advanced Diploma in Person Centred Counselling -Newcastle
- Advanced Diploma in Relationship Counselling - Relate
- Advanced Diploma in Couples Counselling for Depression - Tavistock London.
- Diploma in Psychodrama
- Certification in Mindfulness - NHS
- Certification in Solution Focused Therapy - Northumbria University
- Certification in Transactional Analysis (TA) Northern Guild
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
Sessions can be booked on a weekly/fortnightly basis at a time that is mutually agreeable.
£ 50 for a 55-minute session online or in person
Payment: Bank transfer received prior to the appointment or cash on the day.
Concessions available for students or those who need therapy as part of their training program.