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About Me

Helen Barnes, Qualified Counsellor, MBACP

My life has taken many twists and turns before leading me to change my career  to become a Qualified Counsellor working with Children, Young People and Adults.  I returned to study aged 40 years, having divorced, and later qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist.  I must admit, studying was challenging as a single Mum, however, I managed to get through it.  Once qualified, I  mainly worked with Learning Disabilities which included supporting clients, families and carers.  Within this role, it led me to think more about mental health and wellbeing which directed me to train further to become a Qualified Counsellor. 

My Counselling training focused on working with adult clients and I wondered about also helping children.  I therefore completed further training with 'Place2Be' in London, working in schools, so that I could also become a Counsellor working with Children. 

Currently, I share my time by working for Counselling Agencies,  working within Private Practice and also working for an organisation.  I work with Children, Young People and Adults.  I am also a Trainee Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) completing my MSc in CBT & Counselling.

I am DBS Registered.

I am a Registered Member of BACP - British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy. 


I am a Student Member of BABCP - British Association of Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapy

I am a registered member of HCPC