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About me

I believe the therapeutic relationship is all-important for a person seeking to develop personal insight and self-acceptance. I aim to offer a safe, reflective space in which to explore and expand an understanding of self and relationships, working towards self-fulfilment, self esteem and freedom from anxiety.

People come into psychotherapy with a variety of issues and emotional difficulties that they may have struggled with for some time. Taking the step to seek help is often a scary one and comes at a stage when they feel they have nowhere else to turn or do not wish to burden family and friends. Finding a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and safe is important and the first couple of sessions are an opportunity to find out whether you can work together and whether you feel understood. Having a safe and non-judgmental space to talk about yourself, in confidence, can be a healing experience in itself.

For many this can mean working through painful emotions like shame, guilt, self-doubt, whose roots may lay in early childhood experiences or difficult family dynamics. Over time, psychotherapy can help identify the obstacles that are preventing you from changing and moving on. Unconscious patterns of relating, to ourselves and to others, get established early on in our lives and then get repeated over and over again, often with painful consequences, until we can make them conscious and become empowered to make healthier choices.


I am a psychodynamic psychotherapist with fifteen years experience of working in both private practice and public sector settings. These include NHS and business organisations, further and higher education, local authorities and working with GP practices. I offer counselling and psychotherapy to individuals and couples at my practice in Highgate.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA Honours Degree.
Post Graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling.
Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Training - Graduate of The Guild of Psychotherapists.
Diploma from National Centre of Eating Disorders.
Qualified Practitioner of Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) Anna Freud Centre/Tavistock Clinic.
Member of the BACP and registered with UKCP.

I have worked in private practice for 18 years.  I see individuals for long-term intensive psychoanalysis up to 4 times a week or less intensively once a week. I also offer more focussed short term counselling.  I also work in the public sector for 20 years working therapeutically with adolescents both in Universities and for the last 16 years  at the Brandon Centre, Kentish Town, London.  I offer parent consultation to parents whose children are presenting with problems. I also run therapeutic groups.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

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Other areas of counselling I deal with

I offer parenting consultation and support.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Jungian therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic

Fees

Additional information

I operate a sliding scale of fees depending on income, which usually ranges from £55 - £85 per session for individuals, £90- £120 for couples.

Availability

Early morning sessions from 7am, daytime and evening sessions available Monday to Friday.

Further information

I can be contacted on 07833 767 026 or by email sallybarker27@gmail.com

West Hill House
6 Swaine's Lane
Highgate
London
N6 6QS

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

Supervision available.

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Sally Barker, UKCP Reg

Sally Barker, UKCP Reg