Sally Barmes

I have experience in working with a wide range of problems, including childhood neglect and abuse, relationship difficulties, life crises, bereavement, depression, anxiety and stress, low self-esteem, anger and trauma. I am knowledgeable and experienced in working with Asperger Syndrome.

I have been working as an integrative body psychotherapist and counsellor for over 20 years, having qualified at the Chiron Centre for Body Psychotherapy in 1996.

How I work 

When I am working, my aim is to enable each client to explore and resolve issues in the way that suits them best personally. I believe that many of our problems stem from long-term over-adaptation to our external world with not enough attention being paid to the truth of our internal world. As a result we may feel we do not fit our skin or we may be living a life that is unfulfilling. Ultimately we can end up feeling stressed, depressed, anxious, angry and fearful, about a whole range of life situations.

What to expect 

I offer both short-term counselling and longer-term psychotherapy. In either case, we will usually have an initial phone conversation during which we will discover if we feel reasonably comfortable with each other. If this is the case, we will arrange to meet for a first session. In that meeting I will ask you about your current circumstances and take some details of your history.

At the end of this first appointment, if you wish to see me again and I feel I am able to help, I will suggest that we commit to a further five meetings. During these sessions we will further explore your circumstances and your feelings. You may start to bring about changes in your life, your relationship with yourself and with others.

Towards the end of the six sessions we will review their usefulness to you and whether you would like to continue to see me. If that is the case, we can agree a plan that is most helpful to you and your situation.

Therapies offered




  • Diploma in Psychotherapy (Chiron)
  • Certificate in Holistic Psychotherapy (Chiron)
  • CQSW/Dip SW (Kingston)

Professional bodies

  • UKCP
  • BACP
  • CABP

CPD Courses attended

Sally attends courses regularly – a minimum of 20 hours per year. Recent CPD training has included:

  • The Inner Critic
  • Shame
  • Trauma (various)
  • Pesso Boyden
  • Non-violent communication
  • Internal Family Systems