My names is Dawn Barnard-Voice, my counselling approach is rooted in the humanistic school of psychotherapy pioneered by Carl Rogers in the late 1940s and which continues to develop in terms of theory and practice today.
The heart of the approach is that you, the client, have all the answers to the problems in your life within you and that these answers can be unlocked by you with the support of an effective counsellor who really listens and who is empathic, real and totally non-judgemental. Once you hear for yourself with my support just how you really think and operate in your day to day life you may be in a position to make changes that will bring positive benefits.
As a person centred counsellor, I am committed to providing counselling in a safe, confidential and totally non-judgemental environment, with the aim to enable you to improve your quality of life and live more fully.
Counselling offers a safe space to address deep emotional hurts and traumas from the past and present and can be powerful moving and life changing. It is however a process that is as effective as you are willing to let it be; your voice is essential to the process.. My role is to act as a guide, helping facilitate the process of your self-discovery, the sessions will be largely guided by what you bring to each session
I consider all life stories and problems to be personally unique. I believe in privileging your perception, ideas and experiences, therefore I use a range of therapeutic techniques in my work, including sand tray, art materials and mindfulness depending on the particular concern whilst respecting the uniqueness of you as an individual.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a degree in Person Centred Counselling, University of Brighton.
I am a registered member (045352) of the British Association for Counsellors & Psychotherapy, (BACP*) and abide by their Ethical Framework for good practice in all aspects of my work and hold full liability insurance. *BACP is accredited with the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care
I counsel young people aged 11-25 and adults, on a one-to-one basis either for an agreed time period or as an open-ended arrangement.
I am experienced in counselling clients having difficulties with:
- Body image
- Eating disorders
- Low self esteem
- Life threatening illnes
- LGBT affirmative practice
- Suicidal Thoughts
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.
Accredited register membership
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial consultation £25, one off fee
Ongoing Sessions will be negotiated at the initial consultation however usually the fee will not exceed £45
I offer a low cost counselling option to those on low income or benefits please use the online form for further information.
Sessions are 50 minutes in duration and will take place at a mutually agreed time each week
The counsellor reserves the rights to charge a fee for missed or cancelled appointments/sessions.