Barbara Perini is a psychodynamic psychotherapist registered with the BACP and holds an MSc in psychodynamic counselling and psychotherapy. She is working towards BACP accreditation. Currently training in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT) means she is able to offer brief therapy (16 sessions) as well as long-term. Barbara works as a private therapist at The Awareness Centre in Tooting.
Barbara’s therapy is focused on her clients’ personal experiences and feelings. She provides an empathic, non-judgemental and containing space to allow her clients to feel safe in sharing issues they want to discuss. Her belief is that clients need a space where they can be heard and helped to identify their personal skills and resources, in order to improve their wellbeing. Barbara places importance on current and past relationships in her clients’ lives, and the ways in which these impact on their presenting issues. Psychodynamic therapy allows unconscious material, memories and traumas, which could be painful and unbearable at times, to emerge in a setting where they can be looked at in a different light.
With over four year’s experience of working with adolescents (16-18 years), Barbara is aware that at this age there can be lots of changes and challenges, at school, at home, with peers and also within themselves, their bodies, minds and sexuality. The adolescent can feel overwhelmed so having somebody who can talk with them in a safe and confidential space can help them make sense of these physical and emotional changes.
Barbara has been working and volunteering in mental health since 2006 in a variety of settings, including a prison and a mental health charity. Barbara has experience of working with complex issues, such as severe depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and personality disorders. She has also worked with addiction and dementia. Barbara has been practicing as a psychodynamic counsellor and therapist for five years, working with adults in short-term or open-ended therapy, depending on the client’s needs. While working with all these different clients, Barbara’s focus is on the individual and how therapy can help them discover the inner resources they need to better manage their difficulties.
Barbara offers therapy in Italian.