About Barri


Most FAQ: Is your name short for something else?

Answer: Yes, On my legal documents it’s still ‘Barrie’, but I cut the ‘e’ off years ago for daily usage in an attempt to feminise it … like Terri, Gerri, etc.

Most Frequent Response: Oh!

Next Most FAQ: Why did your parents name you ‘Barrie’?

Two Possible Answers (which I give in random order) (a) Because I was the second daughter born back in the days when father’s expected to have sons, and my parents only had a Clan Leslie boy’s name ready … or (b) So I could confuse everyone all my life without even trying …

So that’s my name dealt with, now onto my QUALIFICATIONS and EXPERIENCE:

I have over 30 years experience in general counselling, relationships and couples communication and life coaching

  • 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 Conversations 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 well-researched and effective Conflict Resolution 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; co-ordinated legal action and written about abuse and mind control in cultic organisations and currently can offer support in recovery for victims of cultic religions and organisations.