Barbara Freeman

 We all can find meaning and happiness within our limitations 

My Philosophy

Everyone has a unique experience of life and my aim is to help people overcome emotional difficulties, to encourage them to see things from a new perspective and to become aware of the choices they have in order to lead a more fulfilling life.   I believe that:
  • we are shaped by our past and environment; 
  • we have freedom of choice; 
  • we are responsible for our own lives; 
  • given the right support we can find meaning and happiness within our limitations.

How I Work

I will provide you with a friendly, safe space to talk about anything you want. I will listen, respect your needs and respond in a way that acknowledges your feelings to help you explore options and alternatives. You will not be judged, analysed or told what to do and we will work out together how to move forward in a way suitable for you – one step at a time. Our therapeutic relationship will be based on honesty, acceptance and understanding. 

I combine various aspects of therapeutic models to provide a unique approach that is tailored to meet each client's needs

 Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy   
 Psychodynamic Therapy    CBT
  Existential Therapy  ♦  Solution Focus 
    Life Coaching  ♦  Creative Therapy  
Applied Neuroscience for Anxiety Treatment

I enjoy working in an interactive, psycho-educational way when appropriate. I believe that using a flexible, integrative approach and without trying to fit you into any specific category, I can support you in changing your life for the better and help you grow throughout therapy and beyond.

Personal and Professional Development

My life has been an exciting journey to find my soul’s calling. Following my career as a Dancer, Admin Executive and Fitness Instructor, I discovered Yoga and a more spiritual aspect of life. In my role of Lifestyle Coach and Yoga Teacher in a rehabilitation clinic for addictions, I gradually developed a more therapeutic approach  (experiential groups, expressive dance, mind-body work) and realised that I wanted to train professionally in the psychotherapeutic field to become a counsellor. 

It has been a life-changing journey, but one that I feel very privileged to do. Apart from offering general counselling, I also integrate my knowledge of body work, spirituality and mindfulness into a more holistic therapy if the client wants to explore this aspect of life.

Qualifications and Experience

  • CCATP - Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (Current)
  • OCN Certificate of Counselling Supervision 
  • BACP Certificate of Proficiency
  • MBSR Teaching Certificate - MindfulnessUK
  • .b Mindfulness in Schools Project
  • CPCAB Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 
  • TA 101 – Institute of Transactional Analysis 
  • Certificate in Further and Higher Education – University of Surrey
In addition to my private counselling practice, I also work with agencies,  EAPs (Employee Assisted Program) and take referrals from health and insurance companies. I also run events for mindfulness training, Yoga and meditation.

Continuing Professional Development

  • Counselling on-line: a coronavirus primer
  • Supervising via digital media through times of crisis
  • How to work with Shame - Christiane Sanderson
  • Trauma Summit - PODS
  • Landscapes of Grief - Conference
  • Trauma, Dissociation & Recovery - Carolyn Spring
  • CBT Boot Camp Level 2 - Dr.Christine Padesky
  • Working with survivors of Domestic Abuse - Christiane Sanderson
  • Running Therapy Groups - Confer
  • Child Sexual Abuse - Carolyn Spring
  • Trauma & Dissociative Identity Disorder - Carolyn Spring
  • Intro. to EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) - Louise Alexander
  • The Disintegrating Self (Autism) - Dr Phil Mollon
  • Attachment Theory - Sir Richard Bowlby
  • CBT Boot Camp - Dr.Christine Padesky
  • Self Harm & It's Meanings - Anna Motz
  • Working with Depression - Gill Bannister
  • Mindfulness in Schools with Jon Kabat-Zinn
  • Learning Difficulties and Autism - Dr Phil Mollon
  • Emotional Intelligence for Leadership
  • Stress Competencies & Strategy for Management
  • Resilience at Work
  • Approaches to Addiction Therapy - Jon Lavender
  • Anxiety & Stress Management
  • Working with LGB&Tclients
  • Mental Health Awareness
  • Loss & Bereavement
  • Drug & Alcohol Awareness 
  • Mindfulness Meditation 
  • Yoga Therapy for Addictions - The Minded Institute
  • Conversations with the Body - Margaret Landale

 Barbara Freeman
Dipl., Cert Ed, OCN CCATP

Mobile: 07749-342040