Grief finds us. We don’t go looking for it. When it consumes us, we need to learn to live with it; to acknowledge its presence and work with it. We must strive to build a new life around it.B Watson, Counselling Cottage
I’m Barbara, and I am a Bereavement Counsellor
No one ever told me that grief felt so like fear. I am not afraid, but the sensation is like being afraid. The same fluttering in the stomach, the same restlessness, the yawning. I keep on swallowing.C S Lewis
I can support you in your grief, especially if you are finding that you have no peace or meaning in your life. I aim to be the person who can help you to make a difference as you try to process what has happened.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). In order to be a member of this governing body, my credentials are checked and verified regularly.
Although I have been a book-keeper for many years, I found there was something burning inside that was driving me to work in the helping profession, and so began studying loss and bereavement. This led to me achieving a Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Counselling and further into the field of grief work. I have a special interest in Type 1 Diabetes and its physical and mental implications.
I know how a loss can leave a person feeling shattered, in shock, and disbelief; usually in despair at times. I feel I am the Counsellor that I once sought for myself in my own time of need.
I offer a free consultation by telephone to enable us to have a brief chat about what you are hoping to achieve from therapy. I will cover some things such as confidentiality and a bit about how I work. There is absolutely no obligation to book a session unless it feels right for you.
Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.Anne Roiphe
This is a quote that resonates with a lot of my clients. When we lose someone, the grief is immeasurable. After some time, we have to try to work out how we are going to live our lives without that person. Life will be so much different. Seeking the help of a bereavement counsellor can help us to explore our feelings in a safe, trusting and confidential space.