Covid-19 notice: Due to current Covid-19 related restrictions I shall be providing my services via online and telephone only.
What a strange time we are living in!
Hello there and a warm welcome.
My name is Barry and I am an experienced counsellor who specialises in anxiety- be it generalised or a disorder- and relationship dynamics with both individuals and couples. I also work a lot with identity issues which is very much a big issue nowadays in the way of free expression and being oneself.
I have five years worth of experience working within the counselling, mental health and support work environment, particularly with younger people (18-30)
Who I am as Barry is who I am as a counsellor; warm, friendly, occasionally funny & human. With me, you can be you! All in a safe & non judgemental space where I will listen & allow you to express yourself with zero judgement & understanding, whatever your issues. We will build a therapeutic relationship where you will go at YOUR own pace in your own time.
A little bit about anxiety
I work with many issues but anxiety seems to be the most common and I consider it to be an area that I very much understand. Anxiety is very common and it can be terrifying, especially not knowing where it comes from, what it's about and why it is happening. It can also control your mind, leaving you afraid, confused and stuck, dictating how your day will be. Perhaps it comes on unexpectedly with your heart racing, mouth dry and a warm heatwave rushing through your body. There may be certain things that make you anxious and that leave you feeling outside of yourself. Perhaps it's in a relationship, work related, being around other people or fear of doing something wrong which may relate to self confidence, or even just something in general such as getting into a car or going to the shops. There may be no pattern to it either and you may not understand anything about it. Well, I can help you to understand what it happening to you and how to take control of your life, either again or for the first time.
How I see counselling
Counselling to me is about evolving, taking that journey towards inner peace and being content with your life, understanding why you think, act and react the way you do and acknowledging your true self. I believe that you as the client have the capacity to discover, grow and to evolve which will lead to a happy change in your life, all within a safe and non judgemental space providing you with a level of understanding which isn't always available to us in our daily lives. We don't always want to tell every Tom, Dick or Harry what's going on with us, and we may even worry that we will be judged or misunderstood, which can be a daunting concept.
After all, how many times have we all heard our best friend tell us that we will be 'okay,' or that we should just 'break up' with them. They may mean well, but does this really help us?
Coming to counselling
I wonder what has made you consider the benefit's of counselling. The idea may feel daunting, not knowing what to expect and what it would be like sitting in front of a stranger to talk about yourself.
Well, it is perfectly okay to feel this way.
I strive to offer you a safe, calming and holding experience with me in the therapeutic relationship. This is achieved by me listening to you, engaging and reflecting back to you what you bring. I want to help you to explore and to understand your feelings and where your difficulties have their roots, such as your emotional reactions, identity confusion and attachments to people in your life in a non-judgmental and uncritical setting.
I also offer couples counselling which allows you and your partner to explore your issues together within a safe, non-biased and non judgemental setting.
So, please explore my website to gain an understanding of who I am, what I
offer and the approach in which I use. I will look forward to hearing from you!
I work from a safe and warm room within the Bedford Counselling and Training building (BCAT) based in Bedford. I am opposite the multi storey car park, so parking will be no issue. For online counselling I offer both Zoom and Skype from a safe and warm location that is appropriate for counselling. Telephone counselling is also an option from the same location as online work.
All sessions run for the duration of 50 minutes
£35 per face to face session
£35 Zoom Counselling
£35 Telephone Counselling
£50 per face to face session for for couples
£50 Zoom counselling for couples
Concessional rates available for students