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About me

Working with Adults, Couples, Parents and Young People (Aged 12-18). 

Also now available, Parenting Support Groups on how to deal with anxiety and behavioural issues - September bookings now being taken. 

Are you searching for answers to the following questions?

  • Why do I feel continuously down and/or anxious?
  • Why can’t I change how I feel despite my best efforts?
  • Why are my relationships at home and/or work so challenging, complicated and conflicted?
  • Why do I continue to abuse myself and my body by making bad choices?

It is questions like this that lead many people to seek help.  Some even know the answer to the above questions but cannot change the way they feel and how they live their lives. 

Research informs us that people with a strong internal locus of control (i.e. the belief you can influence and have control over the events in your life) feel less depressed, anxious and hopeless, resulting in a happier and healthier life. Conversely, when lacking an internal locus of control, clients often experience anxiety, low self-esteem, chaotic and dissatisfying relationships, procrastination, addiction, anger and depression.

Having worked with over 250 clients with issues including anxiety, depression, panic disorders, addiction and relationship problems, I have both the experience and knowledge to help you find the answers to some of your questions.  My primary goal is to help you gain a sense of control over your life, how you feel, and your choices.

I predominantly work using the person-centred theory; however, I am also trained in transactional analysis and attachment theory.  This means I can support clients in a variety of ways to suit their needs.  If you would like to know more about how these theories and methods of working can help, please see the links below.   There is also a list of issues I can help with, which can be found at the bottom of the page. 

https://www.bacp.co.uk/about-therapy/types-of-therapy/person-centred-counselling/

https://www.counselling-directory.org.uk/transactional-analysis.html

https://societyforpsychotherapy.org/the-implications-of-attachment-theory-in-counseling-and-psychotherapy/

Parents & Young People:

If you are a parent who wishes to explore therapy for their child, please be assured that I have extensive experience working with children and young people. 

Having worked in both primary and secondary schools, I have regularly dealt with anxiety, depression, challenging behaviours, OCD, self-harming, eating disorders and abuse.  

I also offer support to parents who are dealing with children suffering from a range of mental health issues, with the belief that behind every struggling child or teen, is a parent who feels overwhelmed and helpless.  Specialised support groups and workshops designed to help parents through these challenging issues are available via www.space2parent.com.

What to expect:

Upon receiving your call/email, we can arrange an initial session, providing you an opportunity to ask any questions about how I work.  This is offered at a reduced fee of £15 and lasts approximately 50 minutes. 

There is no pressure to continue after this session; however, if you feel that therapy is the right choice for you, we can arrange weekly or bi-weekly appointments thereafter.  

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications Include

BA (Hons) in Counselling (1st class): University of Gloucestershire 

Foundation Degree Science in Person-Centered Therapy: University of Worcester

Degree Training Included

  • The theory and practice of Person-Centered Counselling
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Working with children and young people
  • Working with Grief and loss
  • The Ethics and Law of working as a professional Counsellor
  • Personal and Professional Development

Level 3 Certificate in Counselling

Level 2 Certificate in Counselling

BACP Registered member

Continued Professional Development (CPD)

UKATA Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101

UKATA Advanced Certificate in Transactional Analysis 202

MindEd Training: Working with Children and Young People

Using Transactional Analysis when working with couples

Developing & Repairing Trust: An Attachment-Based Model of Family Therapy

Attachment Theory with Sir Richard Bowlby

Working with Groups (CPCAB approved)

Experience includes

• Private Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy working with adults, children and young people

• FE Lecturer, training level 2 & Level 3 Counselling Skills to adult students

• HE Lecturer, teaching BSc Person-Centered Counselling & Psychotherapy

• School Counsellor working with parents & children aged between 4-12

• Clinical hours completed at Princethorpe College as a school counsellor working with children aged 14-18

• Clinical hours completed at Parenting Project – Counselling parents of young families

• Founder and creator of Space2Parent - Working with parents whose children suffer from psychological, behavioural and emotional issues. Find me at www.space2parents.com for further information.

Member organisations

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

  • Humanistic therapies
  • Person-centred therapy

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Fees

£55.00 per session

Additional information

£15 for the initial session

Sessions are charged at £55 Couples £70

No fixed term or contract - One week notice required to end therapy

Availability

My practice hours are Friday & Saturday daytimes for both face to face and online sessions. Due to high demand I am currently operating a wait list for new clients.

Leamington Spa
Warwickshire
CV32

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Families
Cleo Barnes - BA (Hons) MBACP Registered

Cleo Barnes - BA (Hons) MBACP Registered