Lucy Barker MBACP
We all have our own unique story and a history we cannot change, but the goals of therapy remain the same: to build awareness, to feel that we have the freedom and power to choose an onward path, to feel accepted as we are and to explore what it is to be human. We can do this together.
What you need are the resources of self-awareness and self-acceptance. You need a toolkit.
I believe that you already have them, but they may be buried deep inside you, so deep that you doubt they exist. It’s hard to get perspective on your story when you are immersed in it. I offer you a companion, a mirror, an archaeologist to empathically and non-judgementally sift through your memories and feelings, to find the source of both your issues and your recovery.
Life throws up many challenges. You may be
· stressed about work
· finding family issues and dynamics hard to navigate
· grieving a loss
· struggling with relationships
· dealing with the pressures of parenthood
· experiencing anxiety, depression or phobias
· feeling stuck in unwanted or unhelpful behaviour patterns
Together we can look at how you have coped with hurdles thus far and see if these coping mechanisms are still serving you, or if they are out of date.
Like the spinning gyroscope we want to be the centre of our selves, as opposed to ‘self centred’, so that we remain balanced, whichever way life knocks us.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative counsellor, meaning that I use a variety of different theories in my work, and I am member of the BACP. I have experience with both adults and children (the latter with Place2Be www.place2be.org.uk) and offer long and short-term telephone and video call (Skype/Facetime/Zoom) support. I will resume face to face sessions after coronavirus restrictions are lifted.
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
Fees are £50 for a 50 minute session