About me

Hi my name is Barry 'The Tattooed Counsellor'. 

Much like yourselves, I found myself looking for a counsellor a number of years ago when I experienced a marital breakdown and the experience of going through the family courts, it changed my life.

I had the fortune to be able to train to become a counsellor and so began a journey into a world in which at first I struggled to fit in with and feel accepted. 

Coming from a council estate upbringing and background, my values and morals felt very out of place to those I trained with.  However, this was also a part of my own personal journey allowing me to recognise that who I was, was good enough.

It allowed me to realise that my ability to be honest, open and genuine with others no matter who they were was the one thing that they all respected (they may not have always agreed with this, or at times even liked it) but at least they respected the honesty.

This is what I offer to you:  A space in which you can explore what ever may be going on for you right now.  In a safe confidential environment, knowing you will be accepted for who you are. 

I believe that our past is with us here in the present, still influencing the ways in which we interact with others based upon our history's.

I also believe for many that our perceived fears of the future, based on our historical experiences, often holds us back from change (we stay in our comfort zone since we feel safe here even if its causing us unrest). 

I therefore utilise an integrative approach of:

Psychodynamic Theory (a way of exploring our pasts).

Person-Centred Theory (the therapeutic relationship we form and one in which I see what others see).

I also utilise Acceptance and Commitment Theory and a Solution Focused Approach (since once we become aware of what may be holding us back or causing us psychological unrest we need to explore how we can resolve this).         

Training, qualifications & experience

  • I hold a CPCAB diploma level 5 in Counselling Children and Young People. 
  • I hold a CPCAB diploma level 2, 3 & 4 in Counselling Adults.
  • I have a BSc in Psychology and Criminology from Keele University.  
  • I have NVQ3 in Health and Social Care (children and young people).
  • I have a Life Coaching qualification.
  • I am DBS checked, have been trained in safe guarding for both adults and young people.
  • I am also fully insured and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

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Fees

£45.00 per session

Additional information

First contact:  I offer a free phone call to see if you would like to come for an assessment session.

All individual sessions are then charged at a flat rate of £45.00 per 50 minute session.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
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Night

I have availability most days between 9am to 9pm.  I am also able to support those who work shifts. 

Please make contact for more information and to discuss availability.  

5 Richmond Avenue
Coney Hill
Gloucester
Gloucestershire
GL4 4NN

Type of session

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