Dr John Barrett, PGDip Psych., Reg MBACP
I recognise how much courage is required for anyone seeking counselling. From the outset therefore I attempt to provide a safe warm accepting environment where you feel able to express yourself and feel heard and supported. I believe that each of us is special and unique, and that if the blockages are removed from our lives through talking therapies we can become the person we were intended to be. I have extensive experience of working with relationship issues, anxiety and generalised anxiety, and depression.
I also have extensive experience of the difficulties in the workplace through many years as a manager in industry.
I also have experience in short term work and have worked with many diverse cultures, nationalities and religions. I offer a focused approach to assist you in concentrating on your key issues. After the initial assessment, this approach enables you to experience change in your life earlier than might be the case with open ended long term work, and means that therapy is more affordable. As an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor working in Harley Street and Wandsworth, I incorporate into my work whatever theoretical approach might assist you in your exploration.
While it has always been known that talking about something to someone who is really listening to you makes the issue or problem easier to bear, neuroscience is proving that this is the case. Talking about a problem changes the problem, and enables us to have a new perspective on it, and reduces its impact on our psychological outlook.
As we grow up we develop coping strategies to deal with whatever is going on in our lives, and these strategies often work well for many years, until something happens which makes us feel helpless, stuck or out of control. We may find that we experience symptoms such as depression, anxiety, obsessive thoughts, any of which can impact our relationships, our work life and sometimes our mental and physical health.
Counselling provides a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place where we can talk about the issues that are upsetting us, giving an environment that we cannot be found these friends and family. In this space there is room for the heart to speak, and our self awareness can grow. By exploring your issues gently and steadily over time, with a calm independent therapist, you can make sense of where you are and make the changes in your life you want at the right pace for you.
How do I work?
From the outset I offer a warm accepting and compassionate place where you can feel safe to explore what is happening in your world, whether that is a current issue, or something that has been in the background for years. I am an integrative therapist and therefore bring a number of different approaches to my work depending on your need.
Training, qualifications & experience
Apart from a post graduate diploma in psychotherapy, and Registered membership of the BACP, I have an academic doctorate and a bachelor of science honours degree. I am a Trustee and Director of the West London Centre for Counselling, I have more than 35 years’ experience in human relations and the understanding of problems that beset each of us. I developed this understanding through my work as a small group facilitator for the Bridge Pastoral Foundation, where I have been a Trustee and Director for 10 years, and as a senior manager in business life. From this background I believe I bring a wealth of life experience and wisdom to therapeutic work.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
I offer reduced cost therapy on a time limited model for a limited number of places.
The standard fee in Harley Street is £90 per session, reduced fees from £40.
The standard fee in Wandsworth is £60 per session, reduced fees from £25.