About Barri


I have had over 30 years experience in general counselling & as a relationship consultant & couples-communication coach. 

  • Academic Qualifications: MA (Social Psychology), DipEd, ATCL
  • Research: 21st Century relationships and the post-1960s relationship revolution

In recent years I have specialised in conflict-resolution and communication-coaching for couples using the very effective Difficult Conversation model from Harvard University's Negotiation Project

As we all know, relationships give us exquisite happiness when they work well ... and excruciating pain when they don't, so I find it very fulfilling to be able teach the well-researched and effective Difficult Conversations skills for repairing and creating happy and resilient families in this challenging and rapidly changing 21st Century.

I began my career was as a primary school teacher.  My transition into counselling was as a family therapist using Art and Narrative Therapies with younger children and their parents. Later I moved into counselling adults in Post Traumatic Stress Recovery as an ACC Approved Counsellor for victims of sexual and physical abuse. In addition I've studied and written about abuse and mind control in cultic organisations and currently offer post-cult recovery as well.