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‘21 Certificate of Excellence, 2021


Charactermatters offers a full range of services to tackle emotional and psychological challenges. I launched character matters 5 years ago. I engage personally with every client.

I use positive psychology to introduce clients to their character strengths, something we all have.

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16 hires on Bark
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17 customer reviews

29 September 2023


Barry helped me too understand and address my problems. He have knowledge, skills and passion for this job. During the sessions I felt safe and understood. Highly recommend!

16 May 2023


I reached out to Barry during a difficult time of my life. I was in the middle of a huge life change going from an elite athlete to just a regular life. He taught me that friends and exercise are key to a great life. I was down a hole and didn't know what to do. Barry opened my eyes and pointed out what was wrong and showed me what to do to get back to myself and enjoy life again. I can't recommend Barry enough, a lovely and friendly guy who listens and cares about his clients More...

25 May 2022


Character Matters has been insanely beneficial to me. Really nice environment and a comfortable place to talk openly and without worry. Barry’s an awesome guy as well. If you’re looking for some help, I can’t recommend it enough! More...

30 April 2022


Barry is a fantastic guy and really brilliant at what he does. Helped me out so much and taught me so much about myself as well, cannot credit his services enough. Very pleasant and friendly man. Would highly recommend to anyone. More...

26 October 2021

Life Coaching

Ever since I started working with character matters, I’ve noticed significant improvements in all aspects of my life. I can now handle my personal and professional life in a better way as a compared to before and have a better handle over my emotions and strengths and how to use them to grow! It’s been amazing

24 October 2021


Working with Barry has helped me through a particularly difficult period in my life. His approach has helped me see things more clearly and our sessions were something that, in some ways, I looked forward to. He is such a genuine person and has been a great help to me. I would recommend him to anyone who feels they need a helping hand through whatever they are experiencing. More...

21 October 2021

Life Coaching

I reached out to Barry in the middle of a crisis hoping to get some guidance and answers. What followed with each session was a deeper understanding of myself, the reason for the situation I was in and exploring and developing the tools necessary to navigate myself out it. I leave each session empowered, in control and with a clarity I haven't felt in years. I cannot recommend him enough, he has more than supported me through this and I'm continuing our sessions to work on a new future me. I cannot wait to see what I'm capable of and am so grateful for Barry's help through all of this! More...

15 July 2021


I connected with Barry Docherty at Character Matters hoping for some trauma therapy. My hopes & expectations were far exceeded.
Barry is an excellent active listener who shows great humanity in his empathy, compassion, kindness and generosity in sharing his qualities of knowledge & wisdom to help people in crisis at an extremely reasonable price, a very noble gesture in our current climate of mental health.
He has helped me 'unpack' a lot more than my trauma and provided me with some great tools for my toolbox of life!
I'd lost hope and felt helpless 6 months ago, now I'm applying for volunteer work with a view to going back to full time employment.
If you're looking for someone you will be comfortable talking over your issues with, without judgement and as an equal, whether it's to get back on track or to completely change that track I would look no further than Character Matters 👌

14 July 2021


I was a bit hesitant to reach out for help as I couldn’t really pin point a main problem that I had to overcome. I got a response very quickly from barry and he has been extremely helpful and a pleasure to work with. I understand now what may have been affecting me and can say I realise that I am capable of overcoming it thanks to Barry’s help. More...

6 June 2021


Excellent service and great response.

11 February 2021


Barry has been fantastic so far with helping me come to terms with my past and helping me reconstruct myself.

3 February 2021


I really found Barry to be very professional and very helpful. He helped me come to terms with my issues and I now have a plan of action and a new mindset to help me move forward in my life. I know can plan ahead for a happy new life More...

16 December 2020


I liked the idea someone found me but not stared session yet

1 April 2020

My experience of working with charactermatters has been outstanding. Barry Docherty has been instrumental in helping me change and grow as a person, thus enabling me to reach my potential in running a successful business and having a happy home life. Barry helped me to regain a more positive perspective, supported me through a rough patch and, above all else, helped me to recognise my own strengths and capacity to deal with issues that had been blocking my professional creativity and happiness for years.
I had tried lots of other forms of therapy for many years, but they didn’t work.
I feel so grateful that I found charactermatters as my life now is so different.
I would highly recommend Barry Docherty.

31 March 2020

Character Matters uses evidence based positive psychology to help you identify core strengths. It focuses on what you are good at and not what is wrong with you. It helps you to realise what is important so as to focus on that rather that things that are not or that you have little control over. Could be applied to work or personal life. Delivered in a no nonsense, down to earth way. Excellent! More...

29 March 2020

Character matters have been wonderful in providing me with the tools to improve my mental health. They have given me a far better understanding of my character strengths and, as such, been a great help in guiding me towards a better future.

24 March 2020

I needed some positive guidance at a stage in my life where I seemed to be a little lost and void of direction, Mr Barry Docherty helped me channel the positive mental tools I had and needed to achieve a positive direction again in my life, he successfully put me back on the right path to achieve my goals and ultimately feel a sense of self worth and achievement in my life that was otherwise slightly lost and misguided.


I practice positive pschology to introduce individuals to what their personality strengths are. To what is right with them andwhat they are good at. This provides a strong & effective basis to tackle any life difficulties they may be facing.

I was inspired to start my own business because of my own life experiences & challenges. I not only understand psychological theory, I have personal, real life experience of overcoming many lifestyle challenges.

I have many years of professional & personal experience of overcoming a broad range of challenging circumstances. I listen to clients, I check I understand exactly what theyre telling me, and only then do we agree a plan of working together to deal with their priorities and issues.

Yes clients can choose to work face to face or remotely. I have all the facilitites required to meet their needs.

We need to work within whatever regulations are currently in place. All consultations are carried out with a 2m social distance, hand gel and masks are available.


Understanding the causes and consequences of addiction. Introduction to tried and tested pathways out of addiction. Introduction to a range of validated recovery principles and processes.

Understanding the causes and consequences of depression and how to overcome them.
Using positive psychology and your own character strengths to put depression behind you and learn how to be happy.

An introduction on how to use a fit for ourpose, fast and effective method, to resolve low level depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship difficulties

Introduction to your personal character strength profile. This is a scientifically validated personal profiling technique, which will identify your prrdonality strengths. We will then work together to develop these to best effect in overcoming low self-esteem, addressing your current emotional and psychological problems, and going onto developing a step by step personal growth plan.

Using positive psychology techniques we will work to develop your resilience in your personal life and in the workplace.

Using the techniques of positive psychology we will work together to overcome anxiety and develop more positive emotions in your life.

Using the techniques of positive psychology we will work together to improve and develop your personal, family, and professional relationships.

Using positive psychology techniques we will work together to discover meaning and purpose in your life.

Using the techniques of positive psychology we will work together to develop a personal growth plan with specific and achievable goals.