My Approach is client-directed; tailoring treatment to fit the individual. Counselling and Psychotherapy can be short-term or long-term, depending on your goals. My approach is geared toward positive change. Where appropriate, I incorporate the following approaches:

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy focuses on the psychological roots of emotional suffering. Its hallmarks are self-reflection and self-examination, and the use of the relationship between therapist and patient as a window into problematic relationship patterns in the patient’s life. Its goal is not only to alleviate the most obvious symptoms but to help people lead healthier lives.


Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is one of the few forms of Psychotherapy that has been scientifically tested and found to be effective in hundreds of clinical trials for many different disorders . In contrast to other forms of Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is usually more focused on the present, more time-limited and more problem-solving orientated. In addition, clients learn specific skills that they can use for the rest of their lives. 

Internal Family Systems Therapy

Internal Family Systems (IFS) theory recognises that our psyche are made up of different parts - sometimes called sub-personalities. You can think of them as little people inside us. IFS works with examining the interconnection between families and the patterns of your childhood family life, and how that contributes to present day emotions, relationships and behaviours. IFS looks at resolving the conflict between these many parts while also allowing each part room for expression and consideration.

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) is a comprehensive, evidence based treatment for Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). BPD Provides clients with new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships.

Mentalisation Based Therapy

Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) Is a specific type of psychodynamically-oriented psychotherapy designed to help people with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Its focus is helping people to differentiate and separate out their own thoughts and feelings from those around them.

"My approach is client directed and I may pull from several treatment approaches in more of an eclectic manner to best suit the client and their specific, individual needs."

Ken Barrett IAHIP