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Barbara Norton MBACP, BA (Hons) CBT. Dip, Individual & Relationship Counselling

Stockton, Teesside, TS18 1TW
07799 590230 07799 590230

About me

Hello, I'm Barbara

I have 23 years’ experience working with in the NHS, Relate and in Private Practice supporting individuals and couples. I am a member of BACP (British Association of counselling and Psychotherapy) I work within The Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

What to expect:

Whether you seek individual or couple’s counselling the aim of therapy is to help you develop a more resourceful, flexible, and resilient mindset. I offer a non-judgemental and impartial environment, to help you identify the triggers to past or present distress and together develop achievable solutions for change.

If you decide to access therapy or attend for an initial assessment I will contact you via phone to gain a brief outline of your current concerns and hopes for therapy. This 10 minute call is free of charge.

Viktor Frankl a survivor of the German concentration camp wrote this.

"Everything can be taken from a person but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” Viktor E. Frankl, Man's Search for Meaning

Individual counselling:

There are many reasons we decide to seek individual therapy. You might be overwhelmed with a situation past or present that causes you to feel depressed, or anxious; often becoming self-critical or self-blaming. Confronting your issues allows you to understand their complexities which will ultimately allow you to take greater responsibility for change and learn how to move on from them.

Assessment

· An initial assessment might feel daunting so we will use this time to address your concerns and formulate a tailored package of care. Using a flexible approach helps to understand your difficulties from several perspectives. It further helps to find the most beneficial strategies to create both cognitive and behavioural change; ultimately enhancing your quality of life and relationships.  It is important that you feel safe and that your confidentiality is adhered to throughout therapy.

· Assessments can be In Person, FaceTime, Zoom, Teams or WhatsApp.

·Cost per session: £45 for a 50-minute appointment.

Relationship Counselling:

Can help couples improve their relationships by developing strategies to resolve conflict, learn how to communicate more effectively and better understand the needs of each other. Couples may also face difficulties that keep them stuck in a negative cycle of mistrust, not feeling heard or being unappreciated by their partner. Working together in a constructive environment can help you develop insights into stronger communication and challenge unhelpful attitudes, feelings and behaviours that are keeping you in conflict.

As every relationship is different, couples work is not always about mending the relationship but helping the couple to weigh up their options, resolve conflicts or even plan a structured separation that keeps the relationship practical. If you or your partner are struggling, seek help while you are both willing to invest in constructive change.

Assessment:

·Attending Couples counselling can feel daunting and overwhelming, so the initial assessment will help to understand the relationship dynamics and gain a joint perspective on the challenges that you are currently facing. Following the initial assessment couples are asked to attend an individual appointment to look at relational obstacles and set individual goals for the work ahead.  Before undertaking therapy, it is important you feel comfortable with me and the counselling approach I offer.

Couples say: “Nothing annoys me more than when my partner expects me to be okay with something they wouldn’t be ok with if it was done to them”.

·If you feel after the initial assessment couples work is for you, we can book a follow up appointment, or you can take some time to think over your options.

·   Assessments can be In Person, FaceTime, Zoom, Teams or WhatsApp.

·   Cost per session £50 for a 55-minute appointment.

Email: Found at the top of my profile.

Theories

A Cognitive Behavioural approach looks at the links between your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. CBT is an evidence-based treatment for the improvement and management of many mental health issues such as stress, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem etc.

A systemic approach helps you to understand your childhood and family dynamics and dynamics within intimate relationships. This approach is used to help individuals and couples understand the complexities within their relationships stemming from abandonment, betrayal childhood or trauma.

Email: Found at the top of my profile.

Client feedback

-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

Experience
My work in the NHS was in GP surgeries and Hospital settings. I used an integrative approach to help individuals develop strategies to change or control the challenges they were facing including:

  My work helps to support individuals, who are experiencing a variety of mental health difficulties including anxiety, depression, panic, childhood trauma, stress and work related conflict. My work with Relate as Relationship Counsellor helped couples and individuals develop strategies for positive change and constructive open communication.

A role I enjoyed for over 10 years was lecturing in Colleges of Further Education; helped students to understand the theories, principles and practice of psychological intervention.

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 College
  • Advanced Diploma in Relationship Counselling - Relate
  • Advanced Diploma in Couples Counselling for Depression - Tavistock London.
  • Diploma in Psychodrama - Northern School on Psychodrama
  • Certification in Mindfulness - NHS
  • Certification in Solution Focused Therapy - Northumbria University
  • Certification in Transactional Analysis (TA) Northern Guild

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy

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Fees

From £45.00 to £50.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Sessions can be booked on a weekly/fortnightly basis at a time that is mutually agreeable.

Fees

£45 -£ 50 for a 50-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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Appointments will be scheduled at the time of request.

Daytime and evening appointments available.

Gloucester House
72 Church Street
Stockton
Teesside
TS18 1TW

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Ground floor premises.

Online platforms

Microsoft Spaces
Whatsapp
Zoom

Supervision

Online supervision
Telephone supervision

Supervision available.

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Barbara Norton MBACP, BA (Hons) CBT. Dip, Individual & Relationship Counselling

Barbara Norton MBACP, BA (Hons) CBT. Dip, Individual & Relationship Counselling