Paula Barnby MA.,UKCP . MBACP Snr. FPC
Welcome to my website
I am a registered, experienced professional psychotherapist
and work at
London Bridge SE1
I offer one-to-one psychotherapy to adults (from 18 years of age) and couples relationship counselling in a private and confidential setting.
A 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.
Clinical Supervision of to counsellors or psychotherapists.of psychodynamic therapy and counselling work.
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.
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-judgemental and respectful way. It promotes well being 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-For individual psychotherapy, this first meeting is for 50 minutes. For couples, the meeting is for 1 hour. Payment is due on the day or can be settled beforehand by transfer. Ongoing fees are by arrangement.
I reserve a few spaces at reduced fees for students or trainees, depending on availability.
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, cheque or direct transfer
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 unable 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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