Barbara Sarmias, Dip. Couns. MBACP Registered Member
I offer both individual and couples counselling. I can help people who are struggling to cope with everyday life or dealing with a wide range of issues especially helping to develop coping strategies when suffering with anxiety and depression and many other mental health issues.
In couples therapy, I am happy to see both parties together or individually if required and can offer help with a wide variety of problems/challenges such as rebuilding trust and helping with better communication also, dealing with the aftermath of an affair and helping to cope and move on after a break-up to name a few.
Reasons for seeking private counselling may vary but don't ever think that it is a sign of weakness wanting help...it is the opposite, it is very much a sign of strength! Don't underestimate the power of just simply talking to someone and lightening the load. The difference with counselling and just talking to a friend is that you can talk completely openly and honestly, you don't have to worry about hurting a friend's feelings or fear being judged. Often people try to offer solutions and advice but this isn't always helpful when you are struggling to cope with your feelings. A trained experienced counsellor can help you make sense of what is going on for you and give you the help and support you need to paint a picture of how you would like your life to be...the counsellor helps you to colour in that picture!
I counsel people with a wide range of issues as I have a vast working knowledge of mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD and bi-polar disorder and I have worked with people to support them in the community for many years. I integrate different approaches into my Person-Centred counselling including some Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Transactional Analysis to name a few.
One of the benefits of being a private counsellor is that I can offer hours to suit my clients. For instance, I can offer weekend and evening sessions and there is no waiting list.
I offer face to face counselling in my practice but you may prefer to communicate with me via email or telephone/text to start with, so please feel free to contact me in whichever medium you prefer. Often an initial conversation on the telephone or email can help pave the way to a good working relationship, so I feel that is a good place to start.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I hold a BACP Register Certificate of Proficiency and I am listed on the BACP Register of Counsellors and Psychotherapists.
I have a lot of experience working with couples who are struggling to communicate or are trying to get over an affair and rebuild trust. I have also worked with many individuals with a variety of problems from anxiety, depression, self-harm, alcohol related problems, relationship issues and more.
I have over 14 years experience of working in the NHS and in the mental health field and have undertaken many related training courses. I attend relevant courses regularly to maintain my continual professional development as well as study and use research materials to keep my practice both safe and current.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Bipolar disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Support with health issues such as eczema, asthma and allergies.
I offer reasonable and competitive rates of:
- Free initial telephone consultation or via email
- Special rate for student counsellors undergoing training
- £30 per hour for individual counselling
- £40 per hour for couples/family counselling
I also have a particular interest and a vast practical knowledge in the care of eczema, asthma and allergies and I have run a support group to help support people with severe allergies which can result in life-threatening reactions such as anaphylaxis.
I have a blog that I publish on my website barbarasarmiascounselling.co.uk which you might find interesting to look at, where I discuss various topics to do with counselling.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Hours available to suit my clients
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|