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About Me
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Barbara Attwood

My work as an integrative psychotherapist and counsellor has evolved over 35 years of training and experience in the NHS, Social Services and Further Education. I practice in integrative psychotherapies and CBT counselling. I have worked in NHS partnerships with individuals who have weight problems and disordered eating patterns.  Some of the various issues I cover include: loss and bereavement, separation and attachment as well as addictive behaviours, abuse, depression, stress and anxiety.  I also currently work for a low cost counselling service in Worthing, West Sussex.

My previous roles have been with Adult Social Services for those with learning disabilities and difficulties, delivering education in social development, counselling, art therapy and advocacy training. I lectured in Further Education teaching social care courses: supervising and counselling individual students. I taught all ages, 16+ to adult, including those with special needs, learning difficulties and learning disabilities. In my creative approach to psychotherapy I often combine the arts; I find this adds valuable depth to my integrative approach to practice.

I have regular supervision with a UKCP registered supervisor. This enables me to work with my clients’ best interests: providing my clients’ with a well-balanced and thoughtful practice.

As a registered Arts Psychotherapist HCPC, I stand by the standards of the Health & Care Professions Council and the professional codes of ethics of the United Kingdom Council of Psychotherapy. I have professional membership with Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education and British Association of Art Therapists.

Training, Qualifications & Experience

  • Master of Arts: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education - London Metropolitan University
  • PG. Dip: Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education
  • CATT Levels  l & ll Children’s Accelerated Trauma Therapy - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education
  • PG Dip: Advanced Diploma in Professional Development: The Therapeutic Application of the Arts - Institute for Arts in Therapies and Education - London Metropolitan University
  • Jungian focused Foundation Course in Analytical Psychology - Society of Analytical Psychology - London
  • Bachelor of Arts(Hons): Fine Art - University College Chichester ( University of Chichester)
  • Counselling  Certificate in Person Centred Art Therapy - Crawley College (Central Sussex College)
  • The Further and Adult Education Teacher’s Certificate - Stages One and Two of the 7307 Scheme- City and Guilds of London Institute - Crawley College (Central Sussex College)
About my approach and how counselling can help

Through my intensive work in the specialist area of disordered eating, weight and obesity issues, I work therapeutically with a wide range of issues experienced by these clients.  Often clients suffer from many different issues; weight difficulties can be a symptom of other issues that need care and attention.  These problems are often a culmination of a client's various life encounters. Depression, low-self esteem, stress, abuse, anxiety, relationship difficulties and bereavement are some of the troubles that contribute to a difficult sense of relating to food and the body. Discovering how to work with these problems can bring life change, developing your individual growth and relationships. I offer both long term and short term work  and include the use of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy in my integrative psychotherapy.

I offer my clients Integrative Psychotherapies; this means that my approach to work combines therapies to fit with your particular problems. Consideration is given to your personal choices and experience.  This is aimed at enhancing your sense of self-awareness as we work together.

Another successful area of my work is Integrative Arts Psychotherapy.  My clients can benefit from working through their concerns with the use of different art mediums. This specialist area is recommended in the NHS NICE guidelines for mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Through the art media a client is helped to explore and articulate their thoughts and feelings.  The 'making of' or process of making art can help a client to find new ways of viewing their problems.  It provides a helpful third dimension which can expand the communication between client and therapist. The mediums I generally use are: usual art materials like crayons, paint, collage and clay, Sand-play, Body gesture and sensation, poetry and the written word. It is not necessary to have any skills in art to benefit from the therapy.

Working together: What to expect in your first session

An initial assessment session would be our first step to our possible work together. We would meet to assess your needs and explore your hopes and desires of therapy. If we find we are comfortable working together we can then meet again to decide how we can safely achieve theses things. Being suited to each other is important and it is perfectly acceptable to investigate various therapists before you get fully started.

I respect individuals' spirituality and can work with issues of spiritual enquiry. I also work with cultural difference and diversity.