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About me

Do you believe that something is wrong with you because you are struggling to cope with the challenges of life? Are you finding it hard going but believe that you are not suffering enough to benefit from therapy? Do you feel stuck trying to make sense of your thoughts and feelings but believe that asking for help is defeatist and daunting? 

What happened to you for that narrative to ring true? 

I am a qualified psychotherapist and my job is to help you make sense of what you are feeling and the stories you are carrying. Life is hard and we all deserve a compassionate space to tell our story,  to explore where we are, how we got to that point and what are our expectations of where we "should be". I believe that by engaging with your own experiences you can start seeing what happened to you for  you to feel the way you do and how you can move forward in ways that are meaningful to you. I believe we are each experts on our own lives and with the right questions you can start seeing your own answers and notice ways you can retell your story.  

As a former corporate lawyer at a City law firm, I am also aware of the part that stress, strains and demands of a corporate career can play in our everyday. 

I came to train as a psychotherapist through my own inner struggle. At first, asking for help felt weak and confronting myself felt scary. In hindsight those were the bravest steps to take. I believe that while we can’t always change the circumstances immediately in front of us, with self-awareness and self-compassion we can open up a possibility of changing our experience of them.

If you would like to experience what it might be like for us to work together, please get in touch to set up an initial free call. 

Training, qualifications & experience

While I am trained in using a range of therapeutic approaches, I believe that no person is the same and I tailor my approach based on your individual therapeutic needs.  I love to see people explore their ways of engaging with the world and with others and come into more fullness in themselves and their relationships.  My approach is grounded in our relationship. My way of working is compassionate, creative and challenging. I work extensively with metaphor, embodied responses, story and narratives. 

I enjoy working with adults across a range of issues, including stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, body image, low mood, managing change and life transitions, suicide and suicidal ideation, loss, stress and burnout, identity issues, meaning-making and relationship difficulties.  I do not work with children, teenagers or adult clients with current eating disorders or addictions/compulsions.

I hold a Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling (CPCAB). I am a registered member of the BACP (registration number 390138) and adhere to the BACP Codes of Ethical Practice. I also hold an MA (Cantab) in Law from Cambridge University.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£60.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

I offer one-to-one online therapy for adults on a short (6-20 sessions) or open-ended basis.  I offer a free initial session (of around 30 minutes) and I charge £60 per 50-minute session thereafter.

If you would like to experience what it might be like for us to work together, please get in touch to set up an initial free call. 

Type of session

Kristina Chapala Barker

Kristina Chapala Barker