Mary-Barnett-2018I have been working in mental health for over forty years and qualified as a psychotherapist in 1985.

From 1986 - 2011 I worked as a psychotherapist in institutional settings, as a psychotherapist in the University of Sussex Health Centre psychological services for nine years, and in specialist psychotherapy posts in the NHS. 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 concentrated on couple therapy, consultation and supervision. I retired from ongoing work with couples in 2017, and continue to offer consultation and supervision.

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 Relationships) (1996)
  • Graduate Member (Psychotherapy) Tavistock Institute of Medical Psychology
  • British Psychoanalytic Council registered
  • Professional Standards Authority Professional Register
  • Psychotherapy Sussex
  • pastedGraphic.pdf