Eleanor Barnes DipCouns MBACP (Accred), CMCOSCA, Cert Supervision
I work from a person-centred perspective which means I believe each of us has the capacity to grow and develop and find our own inner resources to help us cope with life's challenges. Sometimes these challenges can feel too much to manage on our own and it can be difficult to share these struggles with those close to us.
My task is to help you express and explore what's on your mind to enable you to see things more clearly and to gain a better understanding of what's troubling you and why. I believe the relationship between us is an important element to help facilitate this. I endeavour to create a genuine and accepting relationship where you can feel free to talk about your thoughts and feelings without fear of being judged. My aim is to help you look at your life from a different perspective, to see what choices or changes you'd like to make, working towards greater self-awareness and self-acceptance.
Each client's experience is unique and I will go with whatever you choose to bring. I am willing to stay alongside you for as long as is necessary and appropriate for both of us.
In working with couples, I aim to be partial to you both and give each of you an equal chance to be heard and to hear each other with a view to opening up communication and understanding between you both.
I offer counselling supervision for student and qualified counsellors and look to build a supportive, trusting relationship where supervisees can feel free to explore, reflect and review their practice.
Training, qualifications & experience
I gained a HNC in Counselling from Telford College in 2004 and a COSCA accredited Diploma in Counselling in 2008. I gained a post graduate certificate in Person Centred Couple Counselling in 2011. I achieved accreditation with BACP in April 2012. I have a COSCA Certificate in Counselling Supervision. I completed a CBT Toolkit course in June 2014.
I worked as a counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care Scotland for 10 years and Gay Men's Health and Crossreach Counselling Lothian for 5 years.
I have worked with individual clients whose issues have included depression, anxiety or stress, relationship difficulties, problems with self-esteem, coming to terms with bereavement or loss and coping with changes in circumstances. I have worked with heterosexual couples and same sex couples seeking to improve or change their relationships and I enjoy the different dynamics that working with couples brings into the room.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
The first initial appointment of approximately 30-45 minutes is free and thereafter a fee for a 1 hour session is £40. I offer concessions for students or those on low income and this is negotiable dependent on circumstances.
I work from a counselling room in central Edinburgh. My counselling hours are early evening from 5.30pm onwards on weekdays and at weekends at mutually agreed times.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer evening sessions from 5.30pm onwards Monday to Friday and 9am to 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|
Supervision & training
I have a COSCA Certificate in Supervision. I offer counselling supervision for student and qualified counsellors and look to build a supportive, trusting relationship where supervisees can feel free to explore, reflect and review their practice. My fee is £35 per hour but is negotiable depending on your circumstances.View supervision profile