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About me

*I am offering both Zoom and Telephone counselling as an alternative due to the Covid-19.

Hello there!

A warm welcome to my page.

So, let's talk about you.

Maybe anxiety is controlling your life & you feel trapped, unable to go out, convinced of the worst case scenario in every situation, feeling consumed, whether it's related to something current or a past trauma that's being hooked into.

Or maybe you are confused about who you are, unable to understand yourself or even afraid to be show cast the real you out of lack of self confidence or fear of judgement.

Perhaps you're stuck in a difficult relationship, overwhelmed with anxiety of infidelity & abandonment, that terror of being left alone & ending up hurt. Maybe it's anger, over-thinking, lack of trust or feeling like you are not understood. You may want to feel less needy & more able to relax with your partner.

Or maybe you're a couple, having difficulties within your relationship such as lack of communication, sexual issues, infidelity or external situations are effecting you as a couple. or maybe you just don't get on as well as you used to. 

Well, I can help you.

Together, we can explore your anxiety by talking about it, how if feel's, what it's about & where it's coming from, allowing you to pin point the triggers & take control of it for good. Or maybe it's stress, confusion about your identity or just feeling not quite yourself. In a difficult relationship, we can make sense of how you feel, what you want to change, what you need for you, and how you can ultimately be happy and put you first! And if you're a couple then together we can get your relationship to exactly where you both want it to be via learning about each others methods of communication, language, what you both want and to initially air out for feelings to each other.

Counselling to me is about evolving, taking that journey towards inner peace and being content with your life. After all, we don't always want to tell every Tom, Dick or Harry what's going on with us, and we may even worry that we will be judged or misunderstood, which can be a daunting concept. Not only that, but how many times have we all heard our best friend tell us that we will be 'okay,' or that we should just 'break up' with them. They may mean well, but does this really help you?

Counselling with Barry

Who I am as Barry is who I am as a counsellor; Warm, relaxed, friendly, occasionally funny & human.

With me, you can be you!

All in a safe & non judgmental space where I will listen, reflect & allow you to express yourself with zero judgement & full understanding, within a therapeutic relationship that is 100% about you.  I offer a brief phone call at no charge for us to talk and for us to get a sense of one another and to see whether you wish to work with me. At the moment I am only offering online counselling via Zoom and telephone counselling due to Covid-19 based restrictions.

I will look forward to meeting with you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with over five years of experience. I proudly trained with 'The Counselling Foundation' in Bedfordshire and have obtained:

Foundation skills certificate in Psychodynamic Counselling (The Counselling Foundation)

2 Year National Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (The Counselling Foundation)

2 Year Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (The Counselling Foundation)

Member organisations


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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with


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  • All sessions run for the duration of 50 minutes
  • £35 per face to face session
  • £35 Zoom Counselling
  • £35 Telephone Counselling
  • £50 per face to face session for for couples
  • £50 Zoom counselling for couples
  • Concessional rates available for students

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed


Mon- 7pm-9pm

Wed- 9am- 4pm

Thurs 3pm- 6pm

Friday 6pm-9pm

Further information

I work in Bedford near the town centre so parking wont be a problem! Details of location available on interaction.

For online and telephone counselling I work from my home.

Bedford Counselling & Training
69-71 Gwyn Street
MK40 1HH

Key details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None
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.

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Barry Carpenter: Specialising in Anxiety & Identity/Self Esteem. MBACP

Barry Carpenter: Specialising in Anxiety & Identity/Self Esteem. MBACP