Barbara Norton (BA) hons CBT, Dip Relationship Counselling BACPM
Hi, Welcome to Thrive Therapy UK.
I have worked as a therapist privately and within the NHS for 20 years, working successfully with individuals and couples addressing a wide range of issues including: depression, anxiety disorders, stress, low self-esteem, relationship conflict, affairs and betrayal.
At times in life we encounter challenges that test our view of ourselves, relationships and ability to achieve goals. My philosophy as a therapist, is to empower you to develop your own inner resilience and strength for lasting and sustained change. It is fundamental that you feel safe and in control of the process, which I endeavour to achieve through providing a non-judgemental and confidential environment.
Therapy cannot be a one-size fits all approach. The goal of therapy is to help you develop new strategies and insights to move forward as an individual. It should be tailored to address your bespoke experiences, values and belief system. Before our work together begins, I undertake an initial assessment with you to ensure that future therapy is right for your needs and expectations.
Within your therapy appointments, I will integrate several theories, CBT, Systemic and Solution Focused Therapy. This 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.
-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
- Diploma in Higher Education - Sunderland University
- Diploma in Person Centred Counselling
- Diploma in Relationship Counselling
- Diploma in Couples Counselling for Depression
- Diploma in Psychodrama
- Certification in Mindfulness
- Certification in Solution Focused Therapy
- Certification in Transactional Analysis (TA)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Work-related stress
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How it works
Individuals: will attend an initial assessment to address needs and formulate a tailored package of care.
Couples: will attend an initial assessment together, then undertake a 1-on-1 appointment to address individual expectations. The final assessment will be attended by the couple to 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 or mobile. This may help to answer any initial questions you may have.
Email: Found at the top of my profile.
Mobile: 07799590230 Call or text.
Sessions can be booked on a weekly/fortnightly basis at a time that is mutually agreeable.
£ 45 individual sessions
£50 couples sessions
Concessions available for students or those who need therapy as part of their training program.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments will be scheduled at the time of request.
Daytime and evening appointments available.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|