Yvonne Barham, Individuals & Couples, BACP (Accred) BUPA & Aviva registered
I am an Integrative Counsellor and Cognitive & Behaviour Therapist, with considerable experience in working across a broad range of concerns with clients who come from different cultures & sexual backgrounds or genders.
I have extensive experience of working with Anxiety, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Relationships issues and Depression.
I offer therapy for adults and young people aged 16 and above and elderly people with life limiting conditions such as Dementia. I'm happy to see elderly residents in their nursing home.
Therapy can take many forms, the best is the one that works for you. Research tells us that the most important part of therapy is the relationship you have with your therapist. Sometimes this relationship takes time to develop and build trust so that you feel safe enough to reveal yourself and your vulnerabilities.
We all take our mental health for granted until we notice that things aren’t quite right. We’re all susceptible to our thoughts and feelings affecting our well-being. You may have noticed changes such as a loss of energy, a loss of direction, feeling angry and so on.
Therapy offers a way of being curious about you and your world, to look at other possibilities, in a safe, non threatening, confidential relationship with a therapist.
It provides support from someone with a different perspective. It's a place where you can talk openly and honestly about the things that are affecting you.
It can be hard to open up and talk about difficult stuff, but talking can change what you think and feel about your past experiences and this can help you to make different choices now and in the future.
My role as a counsellor is to provide you with a warm, safe and grounded space, where your thoughts, emotions, experiences and behaviours can be shared with another so they can be felt and understood.
How I work.
I work in an integrative, creative and embodied way. This means that I have trained in a number of modalities and draw from them according to your needs.
Sometimes words can't describe what has happened, so I might offer another way of expressing yourself, like squeezing dough or scribbling on paper. I might use CBT to get you to challenge your negative thoughts or damaging behaviours. I might notice how your body changes as you speak and reflect this back to you.
Usually, I look to your past experiences to help me understand you in the present, so together we can have an understanding of how your past is affecting you now and you can use this knowledge and understanding to make conscious decisions for your life as it is now.
I have experience of a wide range of issues that include, anxiety disorders and depression, childhood and current abuse including Domestic Violence, relationship issues, eating disorders, identity and self worth, women's issues, transitions in life and ageing, transgender and sexuality, rape, sexual assault and violence, addictions, co-dependency and bullying.
The benefits of therapy are many, such as feeling less anxious; having more energy, greater confidence, improved communication and better relationships.
Previously, I co-managed a charity for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted or raped. I have worked as a counsellor in the NHS in a GP practice, an addictions agency, a hospice and a womens centre. I bring this experience and knowledge to my work.
As part of my training to become a counsellor, I had to be a counselling client, I understand how difficult it is to be vulnerable with another, to face myself and not hide, I continue this process today.
Prior to training, I painted portraits and abstract art using mixed media. I have a passion for all 'Art' and doing what I can for 'the Planet Earth'.
It’s important to find the right therapist for you. The best way to know if I can be helpful to you is to have a FREE 15 mins initial session, so I can answer your questions and calm any anxieties around what therapy is about and the benefits for you.
I am a BUPA registered counsellor: Fee assured: Verified Account
I am an Aviva recognised provider
I have an Enhanced DBS CHECK via MENCAP issued 2/11/17
Training, qualifications & experience
Transgender Training with Rikki Arundel
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling: CPCAB
PgDip Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy: CPCAB
PODS; (Positive Outcomes for Dissociative Survivors) training in Working with Relational Trauma
Intensive Stop Smoking using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy:
Relate trained facilitators-Couple Counselling;
Bereavement training with the Hospice Movement:
Face to face work with clients who have suffered a bereavement:
Rape and sexual assault training with the Women's Counselling Service (Hounslow):
Telephone helpline work, for men and women:
Training counsellors in working with clients:
Guest speaker at Met Police training session for child protection:
Addiction training specifically alcohol & drug addiction: face to face work with clients:
Women only Centre; face to face work with women clients
Child Protection Training facilitated by Brent & Harrow Health Authority
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Domestic violence
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist training in female and male sexual assault.
Choosing the right therapist is difficult so I offer a free initial 15 minute telephone consultation which will give you an opportunity to talk through what you want from counselling as well as giving you a feel of what future sessions would be like.
Individual sessions: £50 per session (60 mins)
Couple Counselling £70 per session (60 mins-90 mins)
Special Rates for student counsellors and low earners
Face Time available for iPhone, iMac users
Skype available on request
I look forward to meeting you.
3-5mins from Pinner Met line station
2-3mins from local bus stops
Free on street parking except beween 11am -12 midday, Monday to Friday only
All other times parking is free.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Appointments are available for Early morning & Evening consultations, Monday to Saturday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|