Jennifer Ann Barlow
I provide a comfortable and confidential space, away from the daily bustle, where you can talk freely without being judged, to somebody who is empathic and supportive, helping you find your way towards a better quality of life. Whether you are looking for help to cope with a critical issue, have a long term problem you want to explore, or simply want to understand yourself better, I can help.
My aim is to provide an environment that promotes the development of an open and trusting therapeutic relationship where you feel free to explore your issues with me.
Every person is unique so therapy cannot be approached as a ‘one size fits all’ treatment. My approach is primarily Person-centred, integrating skills from a range of approaches including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) and Existential Therapy depending on what is most helpful for you.
I understand how important it is that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who suits your needs. Therefore in our introductory session we would explore how we might work together. This gives you the opportunity to decide, without any obligation, whether or not I might be the right counsellor for you.
Becoming a Counsellor
My pathway to counselling started in the nineties when I attended a ‘Foundation Year in Counselling’ course at evening class. As a result of the personal growth that I experienced and my affinity for the process I wanted to take the study further, but it was not until many years later that I was free to continue.
My wide range of life experiences, both personal and in the workplace, has given me depth and breadth of understanding that enhances my ability to empathise at a deep level. Also my personal therapy, undertaken both at critical times in my life and as a weekly requirement when I was training, helps me to understand counselling from the client viewpoint. I know just how hard working through issues that come up in counselling can be, not only difficult but sometimes painful. I will support you through this.
I am based in Rushden, a quiet little village in the countryside between Baldock and Buntingford. Public transport is limited so you would need to come by car but there is plenty of room to park in the drive. Unfortunately there is no wheelchair access as there are three shallow steps up to the door.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and abide by their code of ethics. I carry full public liability insurance.
Along with my private practice I currently work in a service for women (long term therapy) and have spent several years working in a drugs and alcohol recovery service (short term therapy). In the latter, although addiction may have been be the presenting problem, working with the underlying issues was generally a fundamental aid to recovery.
1995 – 2008 Guideposts Trust Friendship Scheme – volunteer befriender for adults with learning difficulties.
2014 – Sept. 2017 – CGL Spectrum drug and alcohol recovery agency – volunteer counsellor
2015 – ongoing – Women’s Resource Centre, Stevenage – volunteer counsellor
In the list of below I have included my qualifications outside the realm of counselling as work in these areas has contributed to my overall understanding of life and its problems.
2015 - Higher Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Level 5, Integrative) Sirvana Banks Training
2013 - Certificate in Counselling Level 3
1996 – Foundation Year in Counselling – Oaklands College, Welwyn Garden City
1995 - MAAT – Member of the Association of Accounting Technicians
1978 - MSc. Pharmacological Biochemistry – Hatfield Polytechnic
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Drug abuse
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
My sessions last 50 minutes. I charge £30 for our first session, which I see as an opportunity for us to learn a little about each other and for you to decide whether or not you like my approach. There is no obligation, but should you then decide to continue with me the standard rate is £40 a session.
I am able to offer concessions, by arrangement, for students (aged 18+) and those on limited income.
Recent CPD Courses
May 2018 - 'Wild Therapy - Bringing therapy into the wild, and wildness into therapy.' A 1-day workshop led by Nick Totton. (CONFER)
July 2017 - 'Landscapes of Grief' Conference at The Tavistock Centre.
January 2017 - "Working with addiction: underlying causes". BACP online learning programme
December 2016 -"Working with bereaved clients" BACP online learning programme
September 2016 - BACP Private Practice Conference 2016 'Relationships: Why do we bother?'
October 2015 – February 2016: Hertsrite e-Learning courses on PTSD, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and CBT.
2015 – BACP Student Event: attended sessions led by John Eatcock on Spirituality in Counselling and Julia Buckroyd on ‘A Journey Towards Authentic Counselling’.
2015 – Motivational Interviewing with SFBT Advanced with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – CRI Spectrum
2015 – Safeguarding Adults at Risk of Abuse – CRI Spectrum
2014 – Animal Assisted Therapy in Counselling – Humanima CIC
2014 – Sexuality, Self and Spirituality – Sirvana Banks Training
2013 – An Evening with Irvin Yalom – Irvin Yalom – BACP video link.
2013 – 1.Psychodynamic Overview and Concepts / 2.Humanistic Overview and Concepts / 3.Emerging Therapies / 4. Critical Analysis and Theory to Practice - one day summer workshops with Sirvana Banks Training
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mondays and Tuesdays daytime and evening. Thursday evening.
Types of client