Mary-Barnett-3I have been working in mental health for over thirty years and qualified as a psychotherapist in 1985.

Since 1986 I have worked as a psychotherapist in institutional settings. I was a psychotherapist in the University of Sussex Health Centre psychological services for nine years, and in specialist psychotherapy posts in the NHS from 1996. I have extensive experience of a wide range of clinical presentations, of assessment for psychological therapy and supervision of psychotherapy.  I have respect for different therapeutic approaches and for shorter term therapies. My interest in how relationships affect our well-being led me to further training in couple psychotherapy and therapeutic approaches drawing on attachment research such as mentalization based therapy (MBT).

I am interested in how therapy needs to be adapted to different situations to offer a safe and effective therapeutic relationship.

My private practice concentrates on couple therapy, consultation and supervision. I am retiring from ongoing work with couples at Easter 2017, and I will continue to offer consultation and supervision. I hope to offer short term therapy, and consultaion, to couples later in 2017.

I have strong links to the local community of private practitioners.

Training, qualifications and memberships

  • CQSW University of London (1977)
  • Guild of Psychotherapists (1985 - 2011)
  • Tavistock Marital Studies Institute (now Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships) (1996)
  • Graduate Member (Psychotherapy) Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology
  • British Psychoanalytic Council registered
  • Professional Standards Authority Professional Register
  • Psychotherapy Sussex
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