• Sally Barmes

    Psychotherapist and Counsellor

  • Enabling people to explore and resolve issues in their own personal way


sallyfaceI am an experienced, registered psychotherapist and counsellor enabling people to explore and resolve issues in their own personal way.

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, fearful about a whole range of life situations.

Based in the South West of England (hyperlink to Contact Me), I offer an integrative body psychotherapy approach, giving clients the chance to discuss, understand and learn from their challenges in a non-intimidating and non-judgemental environment.

I offer short-term counselling and longer term therapy in a wide range of areas including anxiety, stress, low self-confidence, Asperger’s syndrome, relationship difficulties, anger management and many more. As an Integrative Body Psychotherapist, I draw on a variety of therapeutic skills and have the ability to help you understand yourself more fully through sensations, felt emotions and physical experience of the self.

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How can I help?

Anxiety and Panic attacks

Anxiety is a term used to cover a whole range of problems from temporary stress to panic attacks, ocd and phobias. It is thought that a quarter of the population will suffer from anxiety at some time in their lives. Symptoms are extensive and may include tiredness, shaking, sweating, churning stomach, sleeplessness, obsessive thoughts, palpitations.

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Stress means pressure and too much of it can lead to anxiety and depression. We may suffer from stress as a result of challenging life changes or because we simply have too much to deal with in our everyday lives. Symptoms include crying, shouting, anxiety, anger, sleeplessness, diarrhoea, palpitations, dizziness, sweating.

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Low Self Esteem

Low confidence results from early troubled relationships where we have not been valued and understood. It affects how we live our lives, the decisions we make and how we view other people. Symptoms include feeling worthless, unloved, fearful.

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Asperger’s Syndrome

Asperger’s is an autistic spectrum disorder. Sufferers find it hard to communicate and interact with others. They don’t read unspoken language well. They often find change, lack of routine, and unpredictability hard to bear. These disabilities can lead to sufferers feeling confused, anxious and frustrated.

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Relationship Issues

I don’t work with couples, but I can help with difficulties between couples, and between parents and their children. This work involves exploring feelings about the given situation, identifying if the problem is familiar and in what way, is it an issue of self-esteem, assertiveness, or something else? I can teach skills to manage conflict and/or intimacy. Relationships are complicated things that require sensitive, compassionate and occasionally intuitive assistance.

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Anger Management

Anger is a normal and healthy emotion. Anger is the emotion we express when our needs are not met. If we have some history of it being unacceptable, out of control, or destructive we grow to have an unhealthy relationship with it. Symptoms of problems around anger include uncontrollable outbursts, controlling behaviour, road-rage, depression and anxiety.

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I work in Litton Cheney, Dorset, not far from Dorchester, Bridport, Weymouth, Beaminster and Lyme Regis and also at the Nine Springs Natural Health Centre in Yeovil, Somerset which is within easy reach of Crewkerne, Chard, Wincanton and Castle Cary.

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