About me.

Hi my name is Barry Cook, and a number of years ago a counsellor helped me with my own emotional journey whilst going through a marital break up and the family courts. 

Later I decided to train as a counsellor believing that my own life and work experiences would help and support other people to find clarity and understanding in what ever was happening for them.

Sounds all very simple doesn't it?

It wasn't.  It was a journey.  A journey where I gained a huge amount of self-awareness.  Self-awareness is a powerful thing and in working with me I am hopeful that you will come to feel the same.  

It's not that we wont come up against life's struggles again, because we will.  However, by having the knowledge and resilience to overcome them and not repeat the same mistakes again when they do, you will be able to approach life with a different perspective and greater self-awareness.

I believe our past is with us in the present, influencing how we behave, react, perceive  think and feel both consciously and unconsciously.  Counselling can enable us to find clarity and meaning with what we have experienced in our lives and then use this information to understand and become more aware of why and who we are and how we interact with others.

If you choose to work with me, you will have a safe private and confidential space that I provide to work this out.

Lets take a Journey Together.

Before you make up your mind let me tell you a little more about myself.  I am a qualified counsellor for both adults and young people,  I am accredited with the National Counselling Society.  

  • I hold a CPCAB diploma level 5 in Counselling Children and Young People. 
  • I hold a CPCAB diploma level 2, 3 & 4 in Counselling Adults.
  • I have a BSc in Psychology and Criminology from Keele University.  
  • I have NVQ3 in Health and Social Care (children and young people).
  • I am DBS checked, have been trained in safe guarding for both adults and young people.
  • I am also fully insured and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society.

Throughout my life I have experienced a variety of different professional roles, however I always felt I was looking for something more meaningful in my life, when an opportunity for me to work with young people in residential care occurred in 2004.  It was at this point I realised I had found the path I was looking for and so began my own journey and passion into counselling.  

As a part of my journey to become a counsellor I had the wonderful opportunity to work as a volunteer counsellor for Nelson's Trust.  During that time I counselled and supported many adults recovering from trauma related drug & alcohol addiction and I worked alongside a really great team of dedicated and supportive counsellors.  

I currently work for Teen's in Crisis (TIC+), a charity supporting young people between the ages of 9 -21.  I help and pro-actively counsel many young people across the county of Gloucestershire, in various school settings, TIC's own counselling rooms and remotely, using both online Zoom, and phone for those who find it hard to access face to face counselling.