Jennifer Ann Barlow
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.
Every person is unique so therapy cannot be approached as a ‘one size fits all’ treatment. While primarily a Person-centred counsellor I integrate skills from a range of other schools 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 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.
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.
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
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?'
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Other languages:||Limited French|
Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday afternoon / Saturday morning
Types of client