Paula  Barnby MA.,UKCP . MBACP Snr. FPC -  Individual & Couples Consultation,  Psychotherapy, Supervision
                               Welcome to my website 
              
I am a registered, experienced professional psychotherapist and work both in Harrow,   London Bridge  and 
Exeter, EX4.
 
I offer one-to-one psychotherapy to adults (from 18 years of age) and couples relationship counselling in a private and confidential setting.
 
consultation session, as a first meeting to help you clarify your needs and to think about how to proceed. There is no obligation to continue.

Supervision  of psychodynamic therapy and counselling work to counsellors or psychotherapists.                                                  

 
What follows is a brief summary about some of what psychotherapy and counselling entails. 
In the next page are my qualifications, experience and some work areas of interest. 
                                                                                                                                                                                   
                                                                                                           
                                                                                                        
why psychotherapy?                     
 
People consult a psychotherapist or a counsellor for many different reasons. They may wish to develop their qualities and potential and embark on a journey of self-discovery and personal growth; alternatively, or in addition, they may have a lingering feeling that not all is well.  

They might want to address some confusion or maybe difficulties over their own identity; maybe feel empty or alone, with a sense of diminishing self-worth or lack of self-confidence or energy to do things, sometimes following  a specific event like a relationship break down, loss of a job or a bereavement
You  may  feel  down or confused, be  suffering  from stress, maybe finding   it  difficult  to  maintain   relationships or  to go out  or you may have unresolved issues from the past, be grappling  with trauma or abusive situations.
 
You  might  feel  unsettled,  be somewhere  that is new or  foreign to you, having encountered maybe religious, racial, cultural or social discrimination.

Maybe you are struggling with repetitive routines or  thoughts  that  get  in  the way of everyday life, have problems with sleep or eating,  feel uneasy with love,  intimacy and sex. You might feel stuck in any of these or other situations. 
 
Sometimes it is the struggles with such or other diverse issues, or feeling somewhat wretched and unsure where or how to talk about them, which finally encourages someone to decide to look into psychotherapy or counselling.  It  may take courage together with determination  to take  this first step and  it is not unusual  to be a little uneasy or reticent.                                                                                      
                                                                                                                                                   
what is psychoanalytic psychotherapy? 

Psychotherapy is a professional and collaborative partnership between you and your psychotherapist, who will listen to you attentively and in a non-judgmental and respectful way.  It promotes wellbeing on all aspects of emotional and mental health. 
 
The process can facilitate and help you to have an understanding of how or why you feel and think as you do and of what is going on for you at that time. In the therapy sessions, we look with particular attention at the dynamics of the mind which, sometimes, might not be so clear for the individual to understand, as they may be hidden in the unconscious, sometimes also known as the sub-conscious

Psychotherapy is a talking treatment and sessions can occur once to four times weekly. By talking, in a safe and confidential place,  to someone who is listening with empathy and thoughtfulness and has been trained fully and in-depth in this process, it can be possible to find new options which can facilitate change and to feel relief from the burden/s you have been carrying, enabling you to get on with life in a more fulfilling way.                                                                                                                              
                                                                                                                                                                            
                                                                                                                                            
the first meeting:
The initial consultation is when we'll have the opportunity to meet and to explore what brings you to psychotherapy. The purpose of the session/s is to assess your needs, find out whether psychotherapy might be helpful to you . I am sensitive to the individuality and uniqueness of each person and endeavour to give you the opportunity to speak of things that are important to you. Both you and I can ponder over these and decide where to go from there. 

The Initial Consultations's time and fees-For individual psychotherapy, this first meeting is for 50 minutes and the fee is £85. For couples, the meeting is for 1 hour and the fee is £95  Exeter. Ongoing fees are by arrangement. The initial consultation can be paid by cheque or cash on the day. Possible ongoing fees are discussed at the initial consultation. We may find it helpful to meet for a second such consultation and we can discuss this possibility at the first meeting.  Ongoing sessions are generally invoiced monthly and fees are payable by return by cash or direct transfer                                                             
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If we decide to work together, we can then discuss which days and times are possible for the ongoing sessions. These are 50 minutes each for individual psychotherapy and 1 hour for couples.
Sessions are regular and scheduled for the same time and day/s, once or several times weekly. We can discuss alternatives if you work shift or irregular hours. Sessions on Skype can be an alternative if you are too far to attend personally. 
We can talk about these and other practical matters, such as ongoing fees, at the initial consultation/s.
                                                                                                                                                      
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