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Welcome to Louise Barker CBT.  Are you looking for a compassionate therapist who not only provides a safe place for you or your child to be listened to but also equips you with life long knowledge and skills to take care of your emotional and mental health?

I have 25  years experience working with adults, children and young people in a variety of NHS settings.. As well as private practice I continue to work part-time for an NHS Psychological Therapies Service providing Cognitive Behaviour Therapy.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is considered to be one of the most effective forms of psychotherapy to come along in recent years. This reflects my own experience of helping people make significant changes through therapy and being able to lead happier and more fulfilled lives as a consequence.

What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

”Cognitive Therapy seeks to alleviate psychological stresses by correcting faulty conceptions and self-signals. By correcting erroneous beliefs we can lower excessive reactions” Aaron T. Beck.

CBT looks at your thoughts, feelings and behaviour and their impact on each other, how they keep your difficulties going and how they may be holding you back in life. The therapy relationship is a collaborative one that enables you to develop new understandings of your problems and develop new more helpful ways to move forward. This can be a life changing process that provides you with knowledge and skills and ultimately to become your own therapist.

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louisebarkercbt@gmail.com

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07394 824978

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Children are often anxious going back to school. Here’s some tips to help them.

Chat about school in normal everyday conversation but keep it light and positive. Accept , validate and normalise their feelings about school. It can be especially difficult after a school holiday or sickness, eg. “Your right, it can be nerve wracking going back to school after a break. I bet there are lots of children …

About Louise

 

Experience:

I have practiced in the mental health field for over twenty-five years. This has included managing a day hospital and providing cognitive behaviour therapy to adults and young people overcoming addiction,  providing specialist assessment and therapy programmes to children and families within an NHS CAMHS team and more recently providing psychological therapy for adults and young people presenting with depression and/or a range of anxiety problems. I have extensive experience and expertise working with children, young people and adults with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and addiction

“I have learnt so much, really eye opening techniques and Louise has been amazing at helping me see where my difficulties have stemmed from. I feel confident with the strategies I have learnt to deal with difficult times.” (Kate) 

Accreditations:

BABCP, ( British Association of Behavioural Cognitive Psychotherapies.)

NMC, (Nursing and Midwifery Council.)

Qualifications:

Postgraduate Diploma in Evidence-based Psychological Treatment – CBT  (merit), University of Reading.

MSc Addictive Behaviour (distinction), St.George’s Medical School, University of London.

Diploma in Solution- focused therapy: A family perspective, Institute of Family Therapy, London.

Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Southampton University Combined School of Nursing.

Other:

Enhanced DBS certificate.

Email Me

louisebarkercbt@gmail.com

Call Me

07394 824978

 

Children & Young People

Why Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

CBT  is an effective psychological therapy for a range of common childhood and adolescent problems.  Symptoms of anxiety often start during these years and early identification and treatment can prevent more serious problems in later life.

National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines are evidence-based recommendations for healthcare in England. They use the best available research evidence to develop recommendations for treatment. These guidelines recommend that evidence based Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an effective treatment for depression and anxiety in children and young people.

I have significant post-graduate training in CBT and experience of working with children and young people in a CAMHS setting.

I provide Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for children ( from the age of 7 years), and young people with a range of psychological difficulties including:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression and self-harm
  • Self-confidence
  • Eating problems
  • Addiction
  • Significant life changes ( school transitions, bereavement)
  • Exam stress
  • Bullying in school

Email Me

louisebarkercbt@gmail.com

Call Me

07394 824978

 

 

Adults

Why Cognitive Behaviour Therapy?

There is a great deal of evidence that Cognitive Behaviour Therapy is an effective treatment approach for a range of emotional problems. CBT is now considered the Gold standard treatment for depression and anxiety and the techniques used in therapy are tried and tested.

In recent years CBT has expanded to include compassion focused therapy and mindfulness approaches.

According to the Royal College of Psychiatrists,

CBT is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate to severe depression and one of the most effective where anxiety and depression is the main problem”.

I provide face to face Cognitive Behaviour Therapy for adults with a wide range of psychological difficulties including:

  • Depression and low mood
  • Generalized anxiety
  • Social anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorders
  • Panic attacks
  • Specific phobias
  • Stress
  • Eating problems
  • PTSD and trauma
  • Sleep difficulties
  • Health anxiety
  • Perfectionism
  • Addiction

Email Me

louisebarkercbt@gmail.com

Call Me

07394 824978