Charlie Barrett

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Bridport, Dorset, DT6
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About me

***Outdoor therapy*** Do you have low self-worth or feel sad, anxious, depressed? Come and feel the value of being supported in a natural therapeutic setting. I have a tranquil therapy room but being out in nature is central to my work with you, because I believe it offers you the greatest scope for understanding and change. Therapy in nature gives you space to move and connect, physically and emotionally, with yourself, others and the environment. I offer a unique blend of counselling, equine/animal-assisted therapy and ecotherapy sessions, on a beautiful 75-acre nature reserve farm near Charmouth and Lyme Regis. I also offer poetry therapy (writing your own or reading established poets’ work), as exploring your response to a poem can be a powerful tool in helping you to find a sense of yourself in the world, to aid reflection or to unlock responses and feelings. Overall I seek to create a unique therapy for the individual that you are.

Outdoor therapy is for any client: I work with adults and young people of 11+ years. I specifically work out in nature whenever possible and I always work outside with young people, because I find they benefit most when they can move, dance, walk or run during their therapy, rather than sitting still on a chair! I recommend outdoor therapy for everyone but I realise some adults need or prefer to be inside or at least under a roof some of the time (there are options for either!), especially when the weather feels inclement.

I specialise in issues around self-worth, anxiety, depression, trauma, bereavement, low confidence, social anxiety, self-development, and relationship skills.  I also see clients with ASD and ADHD-related issues.

Until 2020 I also volunteered at Arc (Axminster), a local counselling charity with NHS provision, specialising in bereavement, loss and transition.

Training, qualifications & experience

Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling (BACP accredited training, Iron Mill College, 2019)

Certificate in Counselling (Iron Mill College, 2017)

Equine-assisted therapy (LEAP Equine, 2016)

Further continuing professional development:

Poetry Therapy: Deepen Your Eco-therapy Practice - Tariki Trust/Mary Reynolds-Thompson (2023).

Poetry Therapy: Rewilding the Psyche through Poetry - Tariki Trust/Mary Reynolds-Thompson (2023).

Planet Teen – understanding the teenage brain (2023).

‘Words that Heal’ poetry therapy workshop - Charmaine Pollard (2022)

Children's Mental Health– the impact of COVID-19, trauma and uncertainty, Peter Fonagy webinar (2022)

Ethics of Touch in Child Psychotherapy & Play Therapy (2022)

Healing Complex PTSD (MindBody Breakthrough, 2021)

Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents (PESI UK, 2021)

The Violence of Emotions: Self-Harming in Adolescence (2021)

Embodiment Practices for Anxiety and Trauma Recovery (2021)

Animal Assisted Therapy, 'C is for Canine' (2020)

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Animal-assisted therapy, equine assisted therapy, ecotherapy, poetry therapy


£60.00 per session

Additional information

£60 per hour for individual therapy.

Add £10 per person for pairs or small groups (up to four people, for outdoor therapy sessions).

Free initial 15 minute telephone consultation. 

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday.  Sessions are usually 08.30, 10.00 and 11.30 but I sometimes have ad hoc spaces for earlier morning sessions.

Charmouth, Bridport, Dorset, DT6

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Charlie Barrett
Charlie Barrett