Richard Barker BA PGCE Dip MBACP
I am a BACP Registered Integrative Counsellor.
I often see clients struggling with anxiety, panic attacks, depression and relationship difficulties. I have also worked with clients who have experienced challenging traumas as well as addiction.
I practice humanistic and psychodynamic counselling (I'll explain more below). But I also see this through a Buddhist lens, as I trained for many years as a monk.
I see clients face to face, but also work a lot with clients in the USA and South Africa via on-line platforms such as Zoom and Skype.
I am from the U.K. originally.
I work with people of all ages. I have worked extensively in schools, and with adults, young adults and children from many different cultural and social backgrounds.
Humanistic and psychodynamic counselling in a nutshell: often clients will come to me with complex and difficult feelings. I provide a safe space for you to come to terms with these and understand how they manifest in the present moment and what may have caused them in the past. We will then discover new ways for you to relate to yourself so you become more aware of what triggers the difficult feelings and how best to process them in the here and now.
Some clients will want to work on these aspects of themselves for several months. For others, one or two sessions is enough.
It takes a brave leap of faith to come to therapy. But please know this work is non-judgemental and your opinions are respected and validated throughout the process.
You can email, call or text me to ask more questions.
Training, qualifications & experience
Part of my work involves Mindfulness practice. In this way we use our own insights and natural ability to find compassion. I trained for 7 years as a monk in this approach. I also have a UK level 4 diploma in therapeutic counselling and have worked in schools for 7 years. I have been a counsellor for 4 years.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50 for 50 minutes to one hour.
I can offer a free 20 minute consulation.
I am happy to have a free consultation for 20 minutes. This will give you and I the opportunity to get to know each other a bit, and to feel if it's going to work for both us. (For any counselling to work, you need someone you feel you can relate to).