Caroline Barnes MBACP (Accredited)
We all experiences difficulties, painful events, traumas and losses at some point in our lives, but knowing who to turn to for support and understanding can sometimes be difficult. As a result we can often feel very isolated and alone.
Crises in life can often propel us forward to search for understanding and a confidential and insightful counselling relationship where you feel safe to talk and explore your feelings and your situation can make a difference for you.
Counselling can offer you a space to reflect and feel supported through the various transitions in life; it can untangle thoughts and feelings, enabling decisions to be made and confidence to be regained, allowing you to move towards a more satisfactory future. Through this process of self discovery, you will be able to recognise what you need to grow and move towards your full potential.
Many people discover that they emerge from their crisis stronger and more resourceful, with a new and growing acceptance of themselves and can then move on to make any changes that are necessary.
As a professional Counsellor I feel that change can occur when we feel truly listened to and understood.
I see individuals and couples and offer a safe, non judgemental and confidential therapeutic relationship in which you can explore your issues, concerns or fears that may be causing you frustration or distress. My aim is to enable you to discover your true potential and to find a more satisfying way of being and functioning in your personal, professional and social worlds.
I believe that every person has the capacity to grow towards their own unique identity, to reach their own potential and also have the resources necessary to know what is best for them. Counselling can enable you to begin to access those resources. I make the assumption that we are each experts on ourselves and given the right environment are able to make use of our own expertise.
As an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists I abide by their ethics and strict code of conduct.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change." Carl Rogers
Training, qualifications & experience
I have over 10 years experience of working within a variety of settings and helping people with a very wide range of difficulties. My particular theoretic approach is informed in the main by the humanistic and transpersonal psychologies and also draws on my own experiences and trainings in a variety of Body Work disciplines. This allows for an integrated creative approach, allowing for exploration of the whole person, involving Mind, Body and Spirit.
I offer varying levels of therapy to meet the needs of the individual, from short term work for those seeking to resolve a relatively minor issue, to longer term work for others needing to form a deeper professional relationship in order to resolve more complex or longer standing problems.
My practice is located 8 miles from Canterbury and I also work from Concorde House Clinic, Stour Street, Canterbury
Dip Therapeutic Counselling 2002
Dip. Transpersonal Couples Counselling and Psychotherapy
BACP Accredited UKRCP
Therapeutic Voice Practitioner International training 2008-2011
Soul Voice® authorised teacher
Sound Therapist Diploma 2006-2008
Therapeutic Body Work Diploma 1997-2000
I believe that professional development is essential and in line with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapist undertake regular and ongoing training covering a wide range of areas.
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
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
In addition to working with individuals I offer group work and workshops on a variety of topics including:
I am a Soul Voice® authorised teacher. These workshops provide the first part of the practitioner training and also offers CPD and personal development opportunities. Please see web site for further details about this.
Monday- Friday. Evening appointments available
In addition to counselling I am qualified voice therapist and sound therapist and specialise in therapeutic voice work.
The voice is a truly beautiful, powerful and profound instrument that provides us not only with an ability to communicate, but also a key to unlock the door to profound change and deep transformation.
Many of us take our voices for granted, but for some of us, the sound of the voice and the way we express ourselves through it can elicit a whole host of feelings and emotions. The voice and throat area can hold all manner of traumas, difficulties, suppressions and blockages and this can result in a variety of difficulties in expression. These layers of holdings can affect all areas of our lives, not only our voice, but our physical self too. We may experience this in difficulty speaking up for ourselves, or lacking confidence in social situations. Maybe we feel uncomfortable with the way our voice sounds, or we may be aware we mumble, speak too quickly, or too softly or are not clear in our communication. Maybe the thought of speaking in a group of people makes us feel shaky and unsure of ourselves. It could be that we are aware that we do not know how to even begin to put into words all we actually feel. Physically we may feel very ridged, stiff or stuck.
By connecting to the body and really listening to its wisdom and truth, we can allow ourselves to rediscover the truth of feelings and emotions that may have become deeply buried. These patterns of holding can be accessed and released through the voice using a variety of vocal exercises and breath work.
Through engaging with ourselves in this way we can use the voice to connect to our more initiative self and also move beyond using words, to pure sounds. Using sounds in this way can really free us up in our expression and can feel so liberating as we no longer struggle to find the words to make sense of what it is we are feeling.
For further information please see my website or contact me to have a chat.