Matthew Barnard

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Available for new clients
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This professional is available for new clients.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

Currently - I am available for sessions online only.

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 email 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.

About Me

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 university counselling services. My work experience also extends to the NHS for adult psychological services and in primary care. I am also able to offer EMDR and I am informed my systemic therapy. 

Training, qualifications & experience


BSc Psychology (Open)
Mst Psychodynamic Practice (Oxford)

PgDip Systemic approaches to working with individuals, families and organisations (Tavistock and Portman)

PgDip Psychoanalytic Infant Observations (Tavistock and Portman)

PGDip Online Therapy

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.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association (UPCA)

Universities Psychotherapy & Counselling Association

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy
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UK Council for Psychotherapy


£65.00 per session
Free initial online session

Additional information

£65 per fifty minute session.

£100 per ninety minute EMDR session.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

I have a range of available slots across the week. Including evening and weekends.

Oxford, Oxfordshire, OX2

Type of session


Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Matthew Barnard
Matthew Barnard