New Forest Therapy

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Face-to-face Counselling
Telephone Counselling
Online Counselling

Jo Bisseker Barr

BA Hons, MBACP (Accredited), UKRCP

You may be wondering whether counselling or psychotherapy might help you...

My therapy practice gives you the chance to discuss personal difficulties in a confidential setting and at your pace. I am trained to help explore and make sense of issues without judging or giving advice. The aim is to help you to feel less confused or troubled, to find new perspectives, making positive changes in your life - or coming to terms with things that can't be changed.

  I offer short and long-term counselling for adults and young people at my private practice in a discreet setting in Lyndhurst, in the New Forest. Lyndhurst is 5 minutes from the M27, and 15 minutes from Southampton. 

The majority of my counselling is face to face, although on occasions, if clients move or perhaps work away often, we arrange to work by email or skype. 

I am happy for you to make contact with me in order to ask questions about how the counselling works, and to help you decide whether you would like to arrange an Initial Assessment session.

  This first session allows me to find out a bit about you and what's brought you to see me, as well as whether you feel you've come to the right place. You may decide straight away, or wish to go away and think about it. 

Lyndhurst is located on the edge of the New Forest in Hampshire, within easy reach of Southampton, Lymington, Brockenhurst, Ringwood, Romsey, Christchurch and New Milton. I also work from Dibden Purlieu on the Waterside.



I am a qualified and experienced Counsellor, Counselling Supervisor and an Accredited Member of BACP - the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I have worked within GP surgeries for more than 20 years, as well as with a local counselling organisation, giving me invaluable experience of working with people from many backgrounds and with a diverse range of issues. I have run my own practice since 2006. 

The therapeutic model I trained under is 'psychodynamic' but I also practice CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), Mindfulness techniques and use a 'Family Systems' approach, where helpful. Psychodynamic theory helps me understand the impact of early relationships and experiences on our perception of ourselves, our patterns of relating to others and our ways of coping with emotions and difficulties in our lives. 

I adhere to BACP's Ethical Framework for good practice and am committed to offering a high standard of confidential, professional therapy. I take my personal and professional development seriously, and undertake regular training in order to maintain my knowledge and skills. I am a member of Hampshire Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and Wessex Psychotherapy Society. 

In line with professional standards, I have regular Clinical Supervision and am listed on the United Kingdom Register of Counsellors / Psychotherapists.



The Initial Assessment meeting is £50 and normally takes 1 hour. Counselling fees are then £50 per session.

I work during the day-time through the week, and we agree on session-time that works for both of us. This then becomes your regular slot, and we meet once a week.

Please note that there are stairs to climb in order to reach my counselling room. There is no waiting room, so it is important that you arrive punctually rather than early, in order to protect your privacy, and that of any other clients I may be seeing.

I am fully professionally insured.


Some example issues I work with through counselling :

Affairs and betrayals
Anorexia nervosa
Binge-eating disorder
Bulimia nervosa
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Domestic abuse
Eating disorders

Family issues
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Narcissistic personality disorder
Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
Panic disorder
Passive aggressive behaviour
Personality disorders

Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Postnatal depression
Pregnancy and birth
Relationship issues
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Sex problems
Sexual abuse
Suicidal thoughts
Work-related stress



In addition to my counselling work, I run 'Write your Mind' workshops in reflective writing for wellbeing. The focus is on self-care and personal or professional development, where participants are able to explore their own issues, challenges and potential in a nurturing and non-judgemental environment. No previous writing experience is necessary and no-one need read out anything they have written. The experience of coming together with like-minded others can be a powerful, supportive and enlightening one!

Workshops are run from my period home in a tranquil setting in the forest. Food throughout the day is all home-made including sourdough bread, with morning and afternoon tea and cake, the whole experience being a focus on self-care and exploration in a welcoming and safe situation, or simply relaxing and even having some fun!

Workshops can also be tailored to individual organisations or groups of people, and as part of Continuing Professional Development or corporate wellness, in your own setting.

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