Becky Barley

Becky Barley



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About me

Hello. My name is Becky and I am a professionally qualified Counsellor.

We all experience different challenges at different times throughout our lives, which can prove to be overwhelming and hard to process. Feeling sad, low, angry, scared and anxious are just some of the emotions we can feel when faced with these challenges and often it can be hard to discuss these with those closest to us. Counselling is a safe place to explore life events and the emotions, thoughts and behaviour they bring with them, in a non-judgmental and confidential environment. I offer a supportive and empathic working space for all individuals to explore their worries and concerns, working on a one to one basis, via face to face sessions. Together we can address issues past and present and uncover useful coping mechanisms to embrace challenges old and new.

How counselling can help
My aim is to build a trusting relationship, encouraging an honest approach with warmth, empathy and integrity. Counselling can be most useful in helping us to make sense of our emotions, or perhaps when we feel stuck, out of control or alone. The opportunity of talking to someone who is not directly involved in your life can allow you to feel heard and understood, without fear of judgement. This is where I can help by offering a non-directive approach to counselling, providing you with the freedom to explore what you wish, at a pace that is comfortable for you.

What I can offer
I am trained in the Person-Centred approach which is a form of talking therapy, however I do practice in an integrative way, for example using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) approaches. This allows me to custom make therapy in order to meet the needs and personality of each individual. At times, simply talking can seem too challenging and so using interactive and creative methods can encourage an individual to express themselves in another way. It is important to me that we explore your thoughts, emotions and behaviours in a way that is most effective for you.

I have a combined experience of working with both adults and children (aged 11-16), working with a variety of issues including: anxiety, depression, bereavement, self-harm, trauma, childhood issues, eating disorders, sexual and domestic abuse, and gender dysphoria.

My time is split between working part time as a Private Practitioner, with both adults and children, and as a School Counsellor.

What to expect in your first session
I believe it is really important for us to have an initial, brief meeting before beginning counselling, in order to discuss what you would like from therapy. It is a great opportunity for us to meet one another and for you to discover what I can offer, as it is important that you feel comfortable and certain that the type of counselling and I, the Counsellor, are right for you. This is free of charge and lasts about 20-30minutes.

If you are happy to go ahead with counselling, I offer short and long-term sessions, whichever best suits you.

I am based in Ossett, Wakefield, which offers free parking on site.

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and am committed to my ongoing professional development. I attend regular supervision and participate in training events to support my work.

You can contact me by email or telephone to arrange an appointment. Please leave a message if I am unable to take your call and I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • NCFE Level 3 award in Counselling Theory and Skills
  • Certificate in Introduction to Counselling Skills
  • Introduction Certificate in CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)
  • Ongoing Continuing Professional Development (in accordance with BACP requirements)
  • Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP)
  • CRB checked (enhanced disclosure)
  • Full Indemnity Insurance

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£40 per 50 minute counselling session

Please contact me about reduced rates for counsellors in training.

Maps & Directions

Wakefield, WF5

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: No


Monday mornings through to evening sessions available (please do also enquire about other possible evening sessions available throughout the week)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults