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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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
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
£50.00 per hour
When I work
Zoom or WhatsApp by arrangement. Face to face appointments are preferred.
I am now offering counselling on Zoom annd WhatsApp as well as face to face sessions