Heather Barton MA MBACP
As a qualified counsellor and therapeutic coach, I am able to work in a variety of ways that will help you to find healing and growth towards reaching your full potential. Deciding to have counselling may feel like a big step to take, and you are probably feeling a mixture of emotions as you contemplate making this decision. I would like to allay some of your fears: Our first session will be a chance for me to learn a little about you, and what has brought you into counselling. You will also be able to sense whether I am the right counsellor for you. In subsequent sessions we will be able to work in a number of ways as you bring to me the issues you wish to raise. It can be very healing to have someone listen in a non-judgmental way, offering acceptance, warmth and understanding, and this is my aim.
I am a qualified Counsellor, Coach, Supervisor and Trainer and I also work online by video call or telephone. I have worked as a counsellor and play/creative art therapist in schools, and in private practice for 15 years. I work with all ages from 5 years old upwards, as well as teenagers and adults.
When appropriate I work creatively, using a mixture of interventions such as drawing, sand tray, craft, clay etc. My training in coaching and mindfulness also allows me to combine the benefits of all approaches by working on timelines of past, present and future.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am currently studying for a Professional Doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapy Studies.
I have an MA in Relational Counselling & Psychotherapy & a BA (Hons) in Integrative Counselling.
I am also a qualified Play Therapist and Creative Art Therapist. I have an MA in Play Therapy and a Diploma in Creative Art Therapy.
I am also qualified in Mindfulness and as a Therapeutic Coach.
I have a PG Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy Supervision.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Association for Christian Counsellors
The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.
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
Individual Counselling - £45 per 50 minute session
Couple Counselling - £50 per 1 hour session
Supervision at a rate of £60 for a one and a half hour session.