Cleo Barnes - BA (Hons) MBACP Registered

Cleo Barnes - BA (Hons) MBACP Registered

Leamington Spa


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Leamington Spa


About me

Therapy for Adults, Children & Young People | Qualified & Experienced | Professional & Confidential Service | Weekend appointments available

Specialising in:

  • Generalised Anxiety Disorders
  • Depression
  • Stress related issues
  • Relationship & Marital problems
  • Parental and family issues
  • Obsessional and behavioural problems
  • Panic Disorders

Whether you are seeking therapy for the first time or re-entering therapy for further development and insight, finding someone to talk to can be a daunting experience. Often clients are unsure of whether counselling can help or nervous about what to expect.

I hope I can reassure you that the choice to pursue counselling can be an important first step towards improving the way you feel about yourself, your relationships, and how you function either at home or in the workplace.

Conditions such as anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, stress, relationship difficulties and obsessional behaviors can have a profound effect on our well-being. This can impact our ability to make healthy choices and at times leave us feeling isolated, hopeless and deeply distressed.

As a trained Person-Centered counsellor and a registered member of the BACP, my approach to working with clients is based upon providing an environment and relationship that promotes confidentiality, empathy, genuineness and positive regard.

I believe that counselling provides each of us with the opportunity to talk to a trained professional listener who can effectively help you process your thoughts and feelings. It also offers you the opportunity to discuss any issues you may have without the fear of judgment or the pressure of having to be 'fixed'. Over time this will allow you to make sense of your experiences both past and present.

Therapy also works to empower you to trust your instincts without the burden of other peoples feelings, demands, desire and expectations. Through this experience, clients begin to develop new coping strategies and improve their emotional and personal resilience. As a result, they begin to feel more accepting of who they are, and better able to make decisions that feel right for them.

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
  • Peer pressure
  • Stress
  • Self-confidence and body image
  • Performance and exam pressures
  • Anger Management

Many of these issues can present as anxiety, depression, defiant behaviors, OCD, self-harming and eating disorders. My aim is to provide your child with an atmosphere that allows them to speak freely and safely. Working in both primary and secondary schools, I have first-hand experience in the daily challenges both parents and young people face. I appreciate that exploring the idea of counselling for your child can feel like an intimidating and scary process. However, 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 30-40 minutes and will be charged at a reduced fee of £15. (In the case of children and young people I will meet with either the parent or both the parent and child during this session)
  • 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.
  • Sessions are charged at either £45 (before 4pm mid-week) or £50 (after 4pm and weekends)
  • If at any point you do not feel as though counselling is right for you, you are free to cancel with a week’s notice. There are no long-term contracts or expectations.

Training, qualifications & experience

Qualifications Include

BA (Hons) in Counselling - Awarded a First

Foundation Degree Science in Person-Centred Counselling

Qualification includes training on

  • 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 - Registration number 375003

UKATA Certificate in Transactional Analysis 101

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£15 for the initial session

Sessions are charged at £45 (before 4pm mid-week) or £50 (after 4pm and weekends)

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

Maps & Directions

Leamington Spa, CV32

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Yes

Types of client

Young people