Yvonne Barham ~ Psychotherapist & CBT Therapist
Hi, I'm Yvonne, and 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 heard, felt and understood and validated.
My passion is people, I work with anyone who feels out of the ordinary or who doesn't quite fit in, maybe feeling alone or lonely or finding it hard to make friends or trust or make decisions. Most people feel this way at times and it's ok to be yourself.
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. Therapy is a place to start to tell your story, many of us think that our lives are not worth talking about, that we are not important enough to speak out or even have a right to be heard and something, usually ourselves stops us from honouring who we are.
How I work.
I work in an integrative, creative and embodied way. I have trained in a number of modalities and draw from them according to your needs. It can be hard to open up and talk about difficult stuff, but talking can change what you think and feel about your experiences and this can help you to make different choices now and in the future.
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 show you how to challenge your negative thoughts or look at what's making you behave in a destructive way. I might notice how you fidget and reflect this back to you. It's helpful for me to hear about your life up to the present, to understand how your past has influenced you and this this can be done using a timeline or genogram. It's a very fast way to gain a lot of information in a safe way.
Therapy can take many forms, the best is the one that works for you. Our sessions will provide 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. Each of my client's is respected as an individual with unique experiences and expectations, so each course of therapy is bespoke to you.
The best way to know if I can be helpful to you is to have a free 15 minute initial session, so I can answer your questions and calm any anxieties around what therapy is about and the benefits for you.
I look forward to meeting you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Rewind Technique Training (IARTT) trained by Dr David C Muss
- Supporting Carers of Autistic individuals through Training (SCATT) Eastcote
- Group Facilitation training with City Lit
- Borderline Personality Disorder workshop
- 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
BUPA registered counsellor: Fee assured Aviva recognised provider
I have worked in the NHS, the voluntary sector and in private practice. I have a wealth of experience in successfully working with 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 and changes in life such as becoming a parent, marrying and ageing, transgender and sexuality, rape, sexual assault and violence, addictions, co-dependency and bullying and adults with ASD.
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 forms of 'Art' and a bigger passion to do what I can for the Planet 'Earth'.
Previously, I co-managed a charity for women and girls who have been sexually assaulted or raped. I have worked as a counsellor in a GP practice, an addictions agency, a hospice and a women's centre.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist training in working with people with ASD, and a special interest in domestic abuse and the effects of this on family members. I'm also happy to see elderly residents in their nursing home.
- Free initial 15 minute telephone consultation
- Individual sessions: £50 per session (60 mins)
- Couple Counselling £75 per session (60 mins-90 mins)
FaceTime available for IPhone, IMac users, Skype available on request.
Special Rates for student counsellors and low earners.
Close to all transport links, Met Line, H11, H12, H13 and Overground Rail
Easy travel from Eastcote, Ruislip, Stanmore, Hatchend
Easy access from A40, A41, M25, Hayes Bypass
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Morning & Evening, Monday to Saturday.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|