Meet our Counsellor

Barbara 

I have worked with so many people through Counselling over the years and am struck by the capacity of humans to survive and to thrive, to become aware of the source of their distress and to make changes and begin to recover.

I worked for 11yrs. as a Therapist in a children and families service seeing parents, foster carers and young people suffering with anxiety, depression, self harming behaviours, attachment difficulties, the impacts of trauma, child abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, loss and grief. I’ve also worked with Drug & Alcohol services and for a Rape & Sexual Abuse service.

I have a specialism in Drug and Alcohol problems, the impact this can have on the individuals who use them, but also on families and those who love them. My passion arises from my own addiction to drugs from which I am almost 20yrs. recovered.

I’m a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy which means I meet all of their standards for training, continuing professional development and abide by a strict ethical code. I have a Masters degree in Counselling (Bangor Uni.), a Post Grad certificate in Contemporary Mental Health Issues (John Moores Uni. Liverpool). I keep abreast of research and developments as I regularly deliver training to professionals in counselling, health and social care and have lectured at Bangor University for 3yrs. on the BA in Psycho-Social Studies in Substance Misuse.

Testimonials

”¬†… you’ve encouraged me to find myself and find the confidence to live life after such a difficult time.”¬† (D. 18yrs.)

” I consider myself fortunate in having found you at a time when I was struggling and felt I was losing the battle” (J. 71 yrs.)

“I thank you for your professionalism, understanding and your ability to help me unload my deeply held secrets, and as a result to look at myself in a new light.” (S. 50yrs.)

 

CONTACT – email me at info@shadowplaycounselling.co.uk to arrange a free 30 minute phone consultation.