Amanda Barry

Amanda Barry

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Southampton

Southampton SO45
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available


I do not work weekends.

About me and my therapy practice

I hold a Diploma of Higher Education in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling with distinction (Bucks New University), upon completing my counselling training I enrolled with the Gestalt Centre Wales and am currently in my third year of an Integrated Adult, Child and Young Person Post Graduate Diploma in Gestalt Psychotherapy.

I retired from Hampshire Police after nearly 3 decades in a variety of specialisms, including domestic violence, child protection, and the management of fellow officers impacted by trauma. My ability not to shy away from another`s distress and despair led onto a natural path into counselling training. 

Therapy may be the first time that you have been truly listened to, with acceptance and without judgement. I work with a Humanistic Gestalt perspective; this means that I believe that your unique experience as an individual is the most important thing in the therapeutic relationship.

The goal of counselling is to raise your awareness. The more awareness you have of the habitual patterns that trigger your behaviours, the greater the choice you will have in tackling challenging situations. I work creatively and, as our sessions unfold, I may suggest using different materials, objects and enacting situations as a way of helping you actively explore the problem and raise your awareness.

I am committed to my own personal and professional development. As well as my British Gestalt Institute I have trained internationally with the Pacific Gestalt Institute, Gestalt Institute of Cleveland and the Istituto di Gestalt, H.C.C Italy.

Practice description

I work online and in person, and  offer a safe reflective space, a space away from friends, family and colleagues where your voice can be heard. I will help you gain greater understanding of situations; discover how you may form a part of them and together we will explore new possibilities. Sessions will normally be scheduled at the same time each week and last 50 minutes.

I am caring and warm, with a passion for working with people. I am humbled by my client`s journey of self-discovery.

My first session

Our first session is a mutual assessment, primarily to explore what has brought you to counselling, what your expectations are, if counselling is appropriate and whether I am the counsellor for you. I offer this at a discounted priced of £45. There is no obligation to proceed.

Counselling can be short term or long term, The number of sessions will depend upon your needs, It would be unusual for counselling to last less than 6 sessions. However , you can choose to end counselling at any point.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Cancer, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Cultural issues, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Men's issues, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Service veterans, Sex-related issues, Sexual identity, Sexuality, Spirituality, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Gestalt, Humanistic, Phenomenological, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Older adults, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling