Helen Barnes

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Counsellor, CBT Therapist & Trainee Advanced Clinical Sup
Limited availability
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Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

Hello, my name is Helen and I work with Adults, Young People, Teenagers and Young Children.  I have a therapy room in a private location, near Lavenham, Suffolk with free parking. 

I offer Counselling, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Clinical Supervision. 

I work as an Integrative Counsellor, using my skills and knowledge and tailoring these to the specific needs of each individual client . 

I have experience working in many different environments, schools, charities / community agencies, private practice and within the NHS.  I have worked as a Primary Mental Health Worker (PMHW) in NHS Wellbeing Service for Children and Young People. I have also worked as a School Counsellor.  Currently I am working in private practice, for a community agency and within NHS IAPT Service (Adult Service). 

I see my clients either face-to-face, online or by telephone. With young children, I work face-to-face only.

I work with neurodiverse clients (Autism, ADHD).

If you feel you would like to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, help with anxiety, bullying, exam stress, work/ employment worries /issues, building healthy interpersonal relationships, trauma, OCD, Loss, I can help.

I offer warmth, empathy and a safe, confidential therapeutic space to help you explore your feelings in a non-judgemental way, at your own pace. I offer a safe, confidential and caring environment to allow children to explore their thoughts / feelings using art and play.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP), Accredited Member of National Counselling Society (NCS) and a Professional Member of Association for Counsellors and Therapists Online (ACTO). 

I understand that approaching a Counsellor could feel daunting, not knowing what to say or ask / wondering is this right for me, or my child? That is ok.  Please do contact me. 

I am happy to give a free 20 mins video or telephone 'discovery call' for us to get to know each other and to see if I could be of help to either you, or your child. 

Training, qualifications & experience

  • MSc CBT & Counselling
  • Advanced Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling (ACTO Level 2)
  • Certificate in Online & Telephone Counselling
  • ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children - Place2Be
  • BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences (Speech and Language Therapist)- University College London
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Behavioural Studies - Anglian Polytechnic University

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Play Therapy for Young Children.

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£40.00 - £55.00
Free initial telephone or online session

Concessions offered for

  • OAPs
  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • BUPA
  • Axa Health
  • Health Assured
  • Aviva
  • Saga
  • Vitality
  • WPA
  • Cigna

Additional information

I offer a free 20 min initial video or telephone consultation

I offer a sliding scale with fees,

Trainee counsellors £40-00

OAP - £40.00

Counselling Sessions £50  (50 mins)

CBT Session £55.00  (1 hr)

Evening (From 5pm) and Saturday Morning Appointments £55.00

Clinical Supervision (whilst signing off my Supervisor Clinical Hours) = £40.00 per 1.5 hrs

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Please do book a 'discovery' appointment with me, this will allow opportunity for me to see how best I can help you.

Please check my availability with me.

Further information

I am Training as an Advanced Clinical Supervisor inc. Online and Telephone Working, I am offering reduced fee for Clinical Supervision for Counsellors, whilst gaining my  Clinical Hours.  I have received fitness to Practice - now working as 'In Placement Clinical Supervisor'.

Brettenham, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP7

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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