Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)

Helen Cannings Registered MBACP (Accred)



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About me

Whether you've had counselling before, or are considering it for the first time, finding the right therapist for you is really important. Whatever you're struggling with, I offer professional help and support. I know that considering counselling is not done lightly, it might feel daunting,but I it could be the start of a better way forward for you.

Life is complex and at times we feel lost and unable to work things through on our own: perhaps events have taken you by surprise and left you confused; anxiety and depression may have settled into your life without you understanding how or why, or how to feel better or maybe there are events from the past that trouble you still.   Talking to friends and family can help but it's not always enough or appropriate - this is where seeking professional help for yourself comes in.

For most people counselling is life-enhancing, enlightening and empowering (it can even be fun!). It can offer you new ways to relate to yourself and others. You are not alone, we are all subject to the 'human condition'.

The aims of counselling are to provide greater understanding, clarity and perspective on your problems; to understand your reactions and behaviours better and to develop personal insight and self awareness.  Through acceptance and empowerment you can work towards a more positive understanding of yourself, your choices and your goals, thus enabling lasting change.

You will be listened to with confidentiality, respect, empathy and without being judged. Being an integrative counsellor means that I have studied a variety of psychological theories and approaches and we can use this knowledge to fit your individual personality and counselling needs.

I work in a friendly, down-to-earth way to build a strong therapeutic relationship with you so that you feel safe to talk about and explore whatever's going on for you.

I am an experienced counsellor working with individuals, couples and groups - longer term on persisting or deep rooted issues, or more briefly in a solution focussed way to help you to cope with life as it is - its up to you.

I work one-to-one with individuals, or with couples for relationship issues. I can also facilitate group therapy.
My background is in group training and an enduring interest in people led me into my counselling career. I am NHS trained, have worked with the homeless and was a counsellor at The Heart of Kent Hospice for 5 years.  My private practice is now my priority, offering counselling from my own peaceful garden room. 

I am an accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and am on their Register of Therapists.

Feel free to contact me for further information without any obligation. Fees can be negotiated in cases of hardship so please ask. I work under the Benenden Health Care Scheme if you are a member.  This scheme currently provides £300 towards counselling so please enquire if you are a member.

Training, qualifications & experience

Registered MBACP (Accred)

Diploma in Integrative Counselling (Distinction)
NHS trained

'A' level psychology

5 years pre and post bereavement hospice work

Group training and therapeutic group work

1 year working with vulnerable adults in a homeless unit

Private practice

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Living with a terminal diagnosis - for you, a member of your family or for a friend

Issues around being a carer

Pre-bereavement work - including the making of memory boxes for your loved ones


£40 per hour for individuals
£50 per hour for couples

(negotiable in cases of hardship so please ask)

If you are a member of the Benenden Healthcare Scheme it currently offers £300 towards private counselling to its members.

Free initial 20 minute consultation if requested

Maps & Directions

Maidstone, ME14

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


I undertake to see you within a week of enquiry, if not sooner. Last appointment 6-7 pm.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
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