Dr Mana Barnett
I am a Chartered Psychologist with a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I view therapy as a collaborative enterprise between client and therapist, with the shared goal of gaining understanding and facilitating a process of acceptance or desired change.
In recognising that we are all unique, each with our own beliefs, values and attitudes about ourselves, others, and the world, I believe that it is important to tailor therapy to the individual needs of my clients. I work with a range of psychological theories and approaches, including Existential-phenomenological therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Enhancement therapy, providing both short and longer-term therapy, where appropriate.
I offer individual therapy to adults and young people, as well as working with couples. I also provide psychological support to partners, parents, relatives and friends of a person who is experiencing difficulties, to try to make sense of their situation and find helpful ways to support their loved one.
My areas of speciality and interest are anxiety, infertility, intersex conditions, psychosexual difficulties, weight management (help with losing weight), relationships, and parenting. I am also interested in working with people in pursuit of self-development or life coaching, using both psychotherapeutic and life-coaching approaches to help explore, define, and work towards achieving their goals.
I strongly believe that therapy can “…expose unreflected assumptions, biases, stances and approaches to living that the client himself or herself can begin to question and/or reconsider in a manner that leads to a more reflected-on form of acceptance or allows the possibilities of change” (Ernesto Spinelli, 1994)
Training, qualifications & experience
I have an undergraduate degree in Psychology, a Masters in Counselling Psychology, and a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. I am registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society.
In my years of experience, I have worked for the NHS in a number of settings, including, primary care mental health service, weight management service (with obese individuals whose goal was to lose and maintain a healthy weight), and Women’s Health at University Colleague Hospital (providing psychological therapies to people with intersex conditions, psychosexual problems, and individuals/couples with fertility issues).
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Weight management (help with losing and maintaining a healthy weight)
My fees are £80 for individual therapy and £110 for couples therapy