Cleo Barnes - BA (Hons) MBACP Registered
Working with Adults, Couples, Parents & Young People
Online and face to face sessions now available
Are you searching for answers to the question WHY?
Why do I feel the way I feel?
Why can I not be honest with the people in my life about how I feel and why I feel it?
Why am I stuck in a life I can’t seem to change?
Why are my relationships with the people I love empty and unfulfilling?
Why are relationships, at home and work so difficult, complicated and conflicted?
Why are my emotions dictating, and at times, ruining my life?
Why do I end up in the same place in life despite trying to be different?
Why am I afraid to be myself and make choices that are positive for me?
Why do I continue to abuse myself and my body, by making bad choices?
Why do I lack energy and enthusiasm?
Why am I so tired and exhausted?
Why do I stay in a job I hate?
Why am I not confident enough to live the life I want and ask for the things I need?
It is these types of questions that lead many people to the therapy room. Some even know the answer to the questions, which then means the struggle becomes; How can I change the way I feel and behave?
This can then lead to questions such as:
Do I need to see a therapist?
How will therapy help me?
Why should I pick this particular person?
If I do, will she be able to help me?
While I could give you reasons, explanations and theories about how our emotions and therapy work, or a long list of my qualifications and experience, which is listed below, I wonder whether this provides you with the answer to your questions.
What I know is that counselling provides clients, with an opportunity to engage in real conversations about what is going on in both their internal and external worlds. It is about being in an environment where you can discuss and explore your issues, thoughts and emotions with a trained professional. Issues that make you feel vulnerable, overwhelmed and too embarrassed to share with people you know. It is about being in a relationship with someone you can learn to trust, someone you can learn to be yourself with and to explore the answers to your questions WHY.
My aim as your therapist is to help you discover yourself, to be more genuine in your life and your interactions, which in time will help you become more confident to be yourself and ask for what you need.
I know from personal experience how tough the challenges of life can be and how finding a road back to ourselves when we are overwhelmed with depression, anxiety, grief and stress is a hard one to take.
However, it was counselling that gave me a road back to myself and my family, and the answers to my questions ‘WHY’.
I couldn’t believe how having someone to talk to who listened, without judgement and expectation helped me feel better, make different choices and take control of my life. I began to find an inner strength I didn’t know existed, a voice I was afraid to use and the ability to solve my problems.
Was it hard? Yes.
Was it quick? No
Did it require hard work? Yes
Was it worth it? Yes
I hope that through sharing my experiences, you can feel less alone. At some point in life, we all suffer; most people just choose to ignore it and suffer the consequences. It is like seeing a doctor for a virus or going to the hospital for a broken leg. It is OK to ask for help when we feel that we need it. I do not protest to have all the answers, although I do have a few clues along the way that may help you.
What I can promise is that I’m willing to support you on your journey towards finding the answers to your questions, which will hopefully allow you to begin living life the way you want.
As a trained Person-Centered Counsellor and registered member of the BACP I specialise in:
Generalised Anxiety Disorders
Relationship & Marital problems
Parental and family issues
Obsessional and behavioural problems
I am also a trained and experienced therapist for Children and Young People, currently working as a school counsellor alongside my private practice. I am both DBS registered and trained in safeguarding.
Working with issues such as:
Relationship difficulties at school and/or at home
School phobias and anxieties
Self-confidence and body image
Performance and exam pressures
I appreciate that exploring the idea of counselling for your child can feel like an intimidating and scary process. That is why I aim to provide both you and your child with an atmosphere that allows them to speak freely and safely. Having worked in both primary and secondary schools, I have experience working with issues such as anxiety, depression, challenging behaviours, OCD, self-harming and eating disorders. I also have first-hand experience in the daily challenges both parents and young people face. I hope that my enthusiasm and compassion for working with young people and families, combined with my ability to relate to both you and your son or daughter will make this transition into therapy a comfortable and reassuring experience.
What to expect:
Upon receiving your call, we can arrange a convenient time to meet. This initial session is an opportunity for you to ask me any question you may have about how I work. The session will last approximately 40-50 minutes and is offered at a reduced fee of £15. When working with children and young people, I will meet with either the parent or both the parent and child.
After our initial session, if you feel that therapy is the right choice for you, we will arrange weekly or bi-weekly appointments thereafter. Appointments last for 50 minutes.
Training, qualifications & experience
Bachelor of Arts with First Class Honors in Counselling: University of Gloucestershire
Foundation Degree Science in Person-Centred Therapy: University of Worcester
Degree Training Included
- The theory and practice of Person-Centred 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
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)
• 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 Person-Centred Counselling & Psychotherapy at degree level
• 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.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£15 for the initial session
Sessions are charged at £50 (Temporary online fee is £40)
No fixed term or contract - One week notice required to end therapy