Sally Barker, UKCP Reg
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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Narcissistic personality disorder
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Panic attacks
- Paranoid personality disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Schizoid personality disorder
- Schizotypal personality disorder
- Separation and divorce
- Separation anxiety
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I offer parenting consultation and support.
I operate a sliding scale of fees depending on income, which usually ranges from £55 - £85 per session for individuals, £90- £120 for couples.
I can be contacted on 07833 767 026 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Early morning sessions from 7am, daytime and evening sessions available Monday to Friday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training