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Penelope Barnes

A Psychotherapy and Counselling Service in Oxford


All of us feel out of our depth at some point in our lives.  Whether it's experienced as depression, anxiety or stress, sometimes as a result of things that have happened, or in a general way that isn't clearly understood. In both instances, this is an indication that we need to take note of what we are experiencing and come to terms with what we need.  Our emotions often have something to tell us about things we are trying to avoid but need to address if we let them.

This can be resolved without professional help but, sometimes, the problems persist, creating difficulties at work, or in our relationships with others etc. This can be because current issues are stirring up feelings from the past of which we are not consciously aware.  Professional counselling or psychotherapy can help, by enabling you to address issues, and to understand more hidden aspects of yourself.

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Getting Professional Help

As a UK Registered Counsellor and British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) accredited therapist and Clinical Supervisor, with lots of experience, I can work with you on a wide range of difficulties that we encounter in life. As well as the issues already mentioned, I can also help with addictions, phobias, relationship difficulties, eating disorders, and low self-esteem amongst others. 

I can give you:

  • the chance to think about what isn't working for you and why,

  • an opportunity to make sense of your individual circumstances,

  • choices for change,

  • support during the process of change.

I will encourage you to use the sessions to reflect on whatever is on your mind, such as thoughts, feelings, memories, even dreams. By listening, questioning and reflecting on what surfaces, we can begin to make sense of your experiences, leading to new insights, different ways of seeing things, and alternative ways of feeling and ultimately being.  As a direct consequence, our lives change, and people respond to us differently, thus making for a difference that lasts.


 Young People 16+

If you are struggling at the moment and would like some therapy to have a chance to talk through things that are going on for you, this could be for you.  I have been working with young people for over 20 years so I have heard it all and you will find I am not judgmental.  It is surprising what a difference it can make.  Just by identifying your feelings and a chance to think out loud about what is going on for you.  We can look at things together and get some ideas as to what might be going on for you.  Just use the contact page to get in touch.

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Counselling is increasingly accepted as a responsible way to address difficulties young people experience.  Adolescents go through several developmental changes as they grow up, each experiencing them differently.  Counselling is a process which can help young people to:

  • focus on their individual worries and needs in a confidential setting,

  • enable them to make choices and decisions;

  • manage crises;

  • work through difficult feelings;

  • lead to increased self-understanding;

  • come to see their situations differently;

  • improve relationships with others.

  It is important too that your needs as parents are met!  It's worth remembering if we are going to

  be  able to make the most of our lives and care for our children.

Help for 16+

The Practicalities....


Please fill in the contact form below.

The charge for each session is £65.00.  My organisational rate is by negotiation.

I have a secluded consulting room in Central North Oxford which has designated private access.

Bikes can be safely accommodated and local parking is available.  Public transport links are good.

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“Out of your vulnerabilities will come your strength”

Sigmund Freud

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