Barbara Whiting-Smith RGN:RHV;DipCouns;MBACP
I am passionate about parenting and family life, which is under tremendous pressure in 2019. I have 35 years experience of working with families children and young people within the NHS and Education .This involves working face to face with parents in their own home and also running parenting groups and workshops for small groups of parents. I have extensive experience of working with a wide variety of family issues including relationships, anxious children/teenagers and angry children/teenagers, self esteem, depression and bereavement. I am also interested in helping parents to change challenging behaviour of children aged 5-19years, including children who have special needs e.g. ADHD,Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
I offer a confidential and non-judgemental counselling service in a safe environment. My approach and way of working will be tailored to your individual needs.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling, including the Person-Centred Approach and Transactional Analysis
RGN; Registered General Nurse.
RHV; Registered Health Visitor
Attachment Theory - which looks at the effects of loss and divorce in families
Group work- To discuss the challenges of parenting
The Cycle of Change- which can include discussing the effects of job changes for parents and moving school for children.
Accredited facilitator of the TripleP Parenting programme. This is a very practical evidence based parenting programme which I have run in schools over a number of years.
I have experience of presenting corporate webinars to employees, focussing on their families well being and the home/work life balance e.g. The Joys and Challenges of parenting teens, Being a Dad, Communication is the Key, How to manage the anxious child and teenager.
I have been in private practice for 10 years.
I was given an achievement award by the NHS Trust in 2004 for my work with parents of teenagers.
I was invited to join the Associate Parliamentary Group for Parents and Families in 2008 which meets throughout the year at the House of Commons to discuss and debate family issues in the UK.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
£50 per session [6ominutes] for individual session.
£70 per session for couples.
£50 per hour for small group parenting workshops.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer daytime and evening appointments Monday-Friday.
Types of client