James Barclay

Family Therapist



Where did you work before you joined GIDS?

I have a background in local authority and CAMHS Social Work and Family Therapy.


What do you enjoy most about your job? And what  do you think is the most important part of it?

I enjoy meeting the families who attend our service and feel that the most important aspects of the work we do here at GIDS are to build acceptance and reflectiveness.


Do you have any special interests in your work?

My special interests within the work I do include responding to powerful emotions in a creative and constructive way.


What advice would you give to someone coming to their first appointment with you?

If I was to advise someone coming to their first appointment with me I'd suggest being prepared to discuss doubt.


Do you have a favourite book?

I have many favourite books but perhaps one that springs to mind is Philip Pullman’s ‘His Dark Materials’ trilogy.


What sort of music do you listen to?

As a child, I admired Jacky Lyckx & John Richard and my favourite music genre is soul.


What is your favourite time of year?

I have a pet dog, although he tends to be badly behaved in public, and my favourite season is Spring because Summer is coming!