Barbara Verner

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    How I can help you

    Are you feeling stuck? Does it feel to you like your life has lost joy, meaning, purpose, like it's no longer satisfying you?  All of us get stuck at times.  Becoming aware of being stuck could be because your true inner self is asking you to listen to what it is trying to tell you.  Maybe it is asking you to give it time, care and attention.  Sometimes we need another in our lives we can speak to about how we are really feeling without any fear of being judged.  Someone who will create a safe, secure and confidential space for us where we are free to explore what is really going on.  

    What to expect

    I remember my own therapist saying to me many times "you deserve support".  I was often comforted by these words.  We all deserve support but sometimes we may not ask, either, because we don't really believe we do or because the very idea of asking for support is terrifying.  I would like to offer you "support".  There are times when we can feel great pain but the thought of changing our lives is just too scary so we carry on as best we can.  We remain stuck.  Counselling can be challenging at times if we are courageously trying to bring about the change our lives need.  Change that we both feel and know it really needs.  I want you to experience being supported as you reflect and explore why your life is not giving you the fulfilment, joy and satisfaction that you seek and deserve. 

    Then it will be about us working together as you create a new vision of what you would like your life to be.    It is about helping you to identify and understand what isn't working for you and helping you to work out why.  We will then explore what will work for you, not just in theory, but practically too.  "If I do this how might it be different? How will it feel?  We will plan together carefully as you seek to bring change into your life.   In this way real positive change can begin. Sometimes if we are exploring different ways of thinking and different ways of choosing, there can be a time of trial and error.  That is good because we have begun the work.  We are learning.  We are becoming "unstuck".

    “Until one is committed, there is hesitancy, the chance to draw back. Concerning all acts of initiative (and creation), there is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans: that the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would never otherwise have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision, raising in one's favour all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance, which no man could have dreamed would have come his way. Whatever you can do, or dream you can do, begin it. Boldness has genius, power, and magic in it. Begin it now.” Goethe 

    About me

    I have eighteen years experience working with mature and young adults who have sought to bring positive change into their lives. Some have experienced great loss, some have been frustrated with their lives and some have been frustrated with themselves.  My clients reflect back to me that they experience genuine warmth and empathy as well as feeling that they are being challenged appropriately and where necessary, so that they can not only use the words of change but so that they can live the changes they seek. They have also reflected back to me that I am interested in even the smallest detail.  If it matters to you it matters to me.  If you were to ask them I think they might also tell you that though there were tears there was also moments of gentle humour!

    I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists, BACP.  I am a Certified Online Therapist.  I undertook my training with the Online Therapy Institute, UK.  I am also a member of the Institute of Guidance Counsellors of Ireland where I practised as  a Guidance Counsellors and Supervisor for the Institute of Guidance Counsellor of Ireland.  I also worked for the last five years, before leaving Ireland,  as a part-time lecturer in Dublin City University on a Masters degree programme, the MSC in Guidance Counselling.  I am a certified Reality Therapist and member of the William Glasser Institute of Ireland and the UK.

     Issues I can work with
    • Unfulfilling relationships with yourself or with others.  This could be in your personal life or your working life.   
    • Coping with loss and change.  This could be through, for example, bereavement or retirement
    • Low self-esteem and low self-confidence
    • Thinking of changing Career and would like support to find the right one for you
    • Location: CT13 0AB, England, Sandwich, United Kingdom
    • What I help people with: (in order of expertise)
      1. Relationship Issues
      2. Work Stress
      3. Sadness
      4. Career Stress
      5. Work, Education & Career Issues
      6. Bullying
      7. Bereavement
      8. Self-Esteem
      9. Self-Confidence
      10. Death & Separation
    • Therapy types I offer: (in order of most commonly practised)
      1. Humanistic Therapy
      2. Person-Centred Therapy
      3. Reality Therapy
      4. Career Counselling
      5. Workplace Counselling
    • Languages:
      • English
    • Qualifications verified by PlusGuidance:
      • Reality Therapy & Choice Theory Certification
      • Certified Cyber Therapist
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