About me

Carmel Cleary Counselling

I am a UKRCP* Registered Independent Counsellor/Psychotherapist

I describe myself as compassionate in my approach to my clients, and conscientious in the time and effort which I take to build confidence and a trusting relationship between us. I am trained in Person Centred counselling, but my training and my developing coursework has given me a strong bias towards Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

I believe that each client is an individual. My aim is to tailor my counselling to suit that individual’s needs, offering a warm, caring and non-judgemental attitude. While some clients are better able to work cognitively, having identified their difficulties early in the counselling process, others will need to explore and process their feelings at a pace which is more suited to their individual problems. Whichever path is taken, I recognise that all clients are successfully counselled within the relationship they form with the counsellor

Working from a person centred perspective allows me to help clients to access their feelings and emotions, walking alongside them as they identify and process them.

I am however equally comfortable working at a cognitive level for issues such as anxiety, depression and anger management – identifying the client’s thoughts and beliefs – helping the client to redirect his thinking patterns that otherwise keep him locked into dysfunctional moods and behaviours.

I have for some time worked with adults who have been sexually abused as children, and I am equally interested in counselling those who are burdened with anxiety and depression.

My consultations take place in the tranquil surroundings of The Cottage Therapy Centre, Kenilworth.

*United Kingdom Register of Counsellors/Psychotherapists

Training, qualifications & experience

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherpaist

University of Warwick, Certificate in Person Centered Counselling, 2004

Warwickshire College, Diploma in Person Centered Counselling, 2005-2007

Acorns Childrens Hospice Trust, Loss Grief and Bereavement, 2005

Skills Development Service Limited, Brief Solution Focused Therapy, 2005,

Skills Development Service Limited, How to Motivate Clients, 2007
Safeline, Flashbacks and Dissociation (DID), 2007

'Lighthouse' Christian Counselling Service, Addictions, 2007

Immigrant Counselling and Psychotherapy, Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, 2008

The Lighthouse Christian Care Ministry - Workshop on Addiction - 2008

The Skills Development Service Ltd - Working with Depression - New Thinking and Effective Interventions

ICAP - Foundations of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy - 2008

Counselling for 'Safeline', Warwick, sexually abused adults, since 2005, and for 'Lighthouse' Christian Counselling Service, Warwick, 2008-9

All about People Ltd - Introduction to Couple Counselling 2009

J10 Counselling - Creative Interventions in Gestalt - 2009

Mindfulness - a vital resource in counselling and psychotherapy - 15 hours - 2009

Safeline- Working with Inner Child - 2009

The Skills Development Services Ltd - Anger Therapy: Hatred, Hostility and Bitterness - 2010

Therapy Challenges - A Day on Attachment Theory with Sir Richard Bowlby - 2010

J10 Counselling Service - Interpersonally Sensitive CBT - One day workshop - 2010

West Midlands Institute of Psychotherapy - Hidden Shame - 2011

Therapy Challenges - Create lasting change using the power of the Inner Child - 2011

Warwick University - Open Studies Certificate in Psychology - 2012

Monk-Steel Associates - Mental Health Awareness - 2013

Therapy Challenges - Understanding Psychiatric Medication - Issues for Therapists - 2013

Therapy Challenges - Professor Windy Dryden - A Masterclass in CBT - 2013

Therapy Challenges - Posttraumatic Growth - Creating a Positive Turing Point from a life
Changing Crisis - 2014

Northampton Therapeutic Training - Psychotherapy and Pharmacology - June 2015

Therapy Challenges - Authentic - How to be Yourself and Why it Matters - 2016

Therapy Challenges - Certificate in Supervision - Training Course - 2016

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.

Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.

All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I have recently started a new service offering Pet Bereavement Counselling.   When families lose a beloved pet, there is a sense of loss, as family members struggle to cope with their individual grief.   Their pet has been a friend, and often a companion to those  living alone, and when they are no longer present,  people often have no one to share their thoughts and feelings with about their loss.

In offering pet bereavement I hope to give clients the space to say how they feel about the loss of their friend and companion, and to start to understand their feelings.


£50.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£50.00 per hour


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Weekdays, and Wednesday evenings face to face.   Zoom daytime and early evening

Further information

I am now offering counselling on Zoom as well as face to face sessions

The Cottage Therapy Centre
12 New Street

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Additional languages



In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I completed my Certificate in Supervision in May - July 2016.

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Carmel Cleary

Carmel Cleary