Brendan BarnesIntegrative counsellor
Committing to counselling is a big step for many clients and its important that you find a counsellor who feels like a good fit for your needs. From my perspective, the first priority is that you feel safe and heard. I aim to support client's understanding of their values, beliefs, choices and assumptions that have shaped their lives. This happens through a process of supportive dialogue and questioning. The work is a collaboration between us as we work to understand what is happening for you. I allow clients to define the direction and pace of the work, while encouraging them to deepen their reflection. At times, it will seem that things are moving quickly and at other time that things are stuck. That is part of the process. I can offer short-term counselling, but normally the duration of therapy is open-ended but with regular check-ins to ensure that the work remains relevant to the your needs. Clients can end counselling whenever they feel it is right for them to do so.
I studied Psychology at University. Following graduation, I worked in the private sector. In 1989, I completed an MBA. I worked initially in London and, for the last 20 years, in Brussels. During this time I have developed a broad range of experience of working across organisational and national cultures and with people holding different values. In 2016, following a period of personal reflection, I commenced training as an Integrative Counsellor and have been working with clients since 2019. My own experience with counselling led me to a conviction about its benefits and its contribution to enabling us to understand and accept ourselves as we are.
OnlineI also provide my services online.
Issues often worked with
I charge £ 50 per session. I do not charge for the first session as I view this as a chance for us both to see whether we can work well together
Training and qualifications
BA (Hons) in Psychology
Diploma in Integrative Counselling