Matthew Barnard BSc MSt PGDip (UKCP)
I offer high quality short-term or long-term counselling and psychotherapy to adults and young people. My practice is in Summertown, with easy access to parking and public transport. I am an accredited member of the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
How I work
I passionately believe that in order to achieve a successful outcome in counselling, a safe and supportive therapeutic relationship is essential. My approach is collaborative and client-centred to work with you to achieve your therapeutic goals.
I primarily use a psychodynamic therapy model in my work. This approach differs from other psychotherapies as it focuses on making sense of your current difficulty and the feelings, thoughts and associated memories that may have brought you to your current situation. These elements are then used to gather a greater understanding of how you relate to yourself and to friends, family, partners and work colleagues. This way of working supports you in becoming more self-reflective, with a forward-looking approach that acknowledges the influence of the past, with an emphasis on making change in the future.
What are the first steps?
Send me an e-mail or give me a call to arrange a first appointment. We will meet to discuss your situation and decide together whether or not counselling could be helpful to reach your goals.
I’m an accredited Psychodynamic therapist and counsellor, with over ten years of practice with a range of emotional difficulties. In that time, I have gained a range of experience working in education including both the independent and state sector schools, and in a university counselling service. My work experience also extends to the NHS for adult psychological services and in primary care.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc Psychology (Open)
Mst Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford)
PgDip Psychoanalytic Infant Observations (Tavistock and Portman)
Introduction to CBT Series (Centre for CBT Oxford)
Barnard, M. 2018, 'On Divorce and Separation', BACP Children, Young People and Families, March 2018, pp. 30-33.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£55 per fifty minute session.
I may be able to off a reduced rate if you are a student undertaking a therapeutic training.
This can be discussed when we meet for the first time.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I am available most evening and weekends.
Types of client