Jennifer Ann Barlow

Jennifer Ann Barlow

Rushden
Buntingford
Hertfordshire
SG9 0SG

07517 481298

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Rushden
Buntingford
Hertfordshire
SG9 0SG

07517 481298

About me

Whether you are struggling to cope with a critical issue, have a long term problem you want to address, or  simply need to understand yourself better, I can help. Away from the daily bustle I provide a comfortable, confidential and non-judgemental environment where you can talk freely with skilled support to help you find your way forward.

My Approach 

I am an Integrative counsellor. My core approach is Person-Centred and I integrate aspects of other theories when appropriate to the needs of the individual.                                                     

I understand how important it is that you find a counsellor you feel comfortable with and who suits your needs. Therefore my introductory session 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 some time later that I was free to complete the training.

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, and will support you through this.

Location

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. 

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.

Voluntary Work

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 – Sept. 2018 – Women’s Resource Centre, Stevenage – volunteer counsellor


Qualifications

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

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

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.

Concessions

I am able to offer concessions, by arrangement, for students (aged 18+) and those on limited income.

Further information

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?'

Maps & Directions

Buntingford, SG9 0SG

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: Limited French

Accessibility

Wheelchair access: No

Availability

Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday / Saturday morning

Types of client

Adults
Older adults