Matthew Barnard BSc MSt PGDip (UKCP)

Matthew Barnard BSc MSt PGDip (UKCP)


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About me

Working with children and young people

Sometimes children and young people find it difficult to talk to parents or friends about their problems. It's not necessarily a reflection on your skills as a parent, but could be about your child not wanting to worry you or is unable to make sense of their difficulties themselves. It can be easier to speak with a counsellor, who can help them understand thoughts, emotions and experiences. I'm able to help with anxiety, stress, depression, divorce, addictive behaviours, school issues, relationship and identity issues. Feel free to e-mail me with any questions you might have about whether counselling would be helpful for your child.

I practice psychodynamic psychotherapy, which has it's root in psychoanalysis and therefore sees behaviour as a symptom of an underlying anxiety. By understanding the cause of the behaviour it's then possible to reduce the symptoms. For the young person the therapeutic relationship is incredibly important where they can feel understood and safe in the knowledge that they will not be judged. The quality of that relationship does not only bring about change, but can become a model for improving relationships with family and friends.

Like many therapists, psychodynamics is my main training, but I do include other forms of therapeutic intervention such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Mindfulness where appropriate.

After an agreed number of session, and with the permission of the young person, I can work with parents to help improve communication and help provide the right sort of support by meeting together.

Working with adults

When we meet for the first time I will be interested to know what brings you but also to learn more about your history and family. Sessions last fifty minutes and will be at the same time each week. During the first session we will agree a set number of sessions, especially if you are a looking to work short term which would be at least six sessions and we would agree on what you would like to focus on. If you are looking for something more in depth, perhaps because you have been struggling with a difficulty for many years, then psychotherapy takes places over many sessions.

In my work with adults I have worked with a range of issues. These include:

  • depression, stress and anxiety.
  • trauma, both physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
  • transitions such as a change/loss of job or divorce.
  • loss and bereavement.
  • sexuality and relationships.


When working with young people, I prefer to meet the parents and young person before the sessions begin to gather a full understanding of the problem. The sessions last fifty minutes.

Training, qualifications & experience

My Education

BSc Psychology (Open)
Mst Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford)
PgDip Psychoanalytic Infant Observations (Tavistock and Portman)
Introduction to CBT Series (Centre for CBT Oxford)

My Experience

I provide consultation to the private and state sector education system. Previously, I have worked as an Associate Psychotherapist in the NHS in an adult mental health service.


Barnard, M. 2018, 'On Divorce and Separation', BACP Children, Young People and Families, March 2018, pp. 30-33.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Maps & Directions

Oxford, OX2

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified

Types of client

Young people
Older adults