Barry Carpenter Nat Dip, Ad Dip, MBACP
*I am still offering face to face sessions as well as offering both Zoom and Telephone counselling as an alternative due to Covid-19.
Hello there and a warm welcome to my page. I am an experienced counsellor with a large bulk of my work being with 18-30 year olds covering a range of topics.
Do I need counselling? How does it work? What can Barry offer me?
Maybe it feels that anxiety is taking over you. Perhaps you're experiencing this on a daily basis and you want to understand why the anxiety is there and how to live without it. Or maybe you have low self worth, wondering how the world sees you, attacking yourself, unable to see your worth and goodness and feeling lost in the world. Maybe you feel like you don't know who you are, that you lack confidence in yourself leaving you feeling stuck. These reasons could make your relationships difficult, leaving you to feel unappreciated, stuck or feeling like you need reassurance. You may just think to yourself..."I just want to be okay."
Using a psychodynamic approach I want to help you explore and to understand your feelings and where your difficulties have their roots, such as your emotional reactions, identity confusion and attachments to people in your life. This is done by me offering you a safe space where I will listen to you, reflect, and allow you to be you in a non-judgmental and uncritical setting.
Coming to therapy can feel daunting and is a big but positive step. 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. I work face to face in a warm and quiet setting and offer online counselling via Zoom and telephone counselling. Feel free to email or phone.
As a counsellor, I believe that you as the client have the capacity to change, grow and to evolve which will lead to a happy change in your life.
I offer a safe, non-judgemental and secure holding environment where you will be able to engage with me on a weekly basis on the same day and at the same time, with sessions lasting for 50 minutes on an open ended basis.
I also offer short term work consisting of up to either 6 or 10 sessions, with ongoing open ended work following up if needed.
I aim to help you find a sense of grounding, inner peace , self confidence and an overall understanding of who you are. There are no scripts in counselling, just you free associating, which means it is your time and space to use however you wish to.
I will look forward to meeting with you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I am a fully qualified psychotherapist with four years of experience. I have proudly completed all of my training 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)
I have experience in working with grief, trauma, sexual and physical abuse, anxiety, depression, suicidal tendancies, gender identity, sexuality, and various other areas over a period of time in long time clinical relationships.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- £35 per 50 minute face to face session
- £30 Zoom Counselling 50 minutes
- £30 Telephone Counselling 50 minutes
Concessions offered for
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.