Helen Baker B.Ed (Hons) Registered MBACP
Welcome to my profile. I hope that what you read below will encourage you to contact me to answer any questions you may have or to make a first appointment.
I am a qualified therapist and registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and my practise is based in Sidmouth, East Devon.
Many people experience emotional difficulties at some point in their lives. I offer individuals of all ages short and long term work on issues that impact on their life. It is usual to feel a certain amount of anxiety when seeking therapeutic help and it may be difficult for you to make that first telephone call or send the first email. Please be reassured that I will do all that I can to put you at your ease and I will be happy to explain how I work. I approach each client as a unique individual and firmly believe that the therapeutic relationship of trust, respect and confidentiality is key to a successful outcome.
I believe in creating a warm and safe environment from which you can explore the difficulties you face, rediscover your strengths and make changes that will improve your life. My aim is to help you to know yourself and to become the person that you really are, independent from the views of others. This can involve challenging long held beliefs and perceptions and this I do in a supportive, educative and non-judgemental manner.
I offer an integrative approach to counselling based on the principles of Person centred therapy. An integrative approach means I have many different styles of counselling available to me for working alongside you. I am trained in and use cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and other therapies such as psychodynamic theory and transactional analysis (TA). Person centred therapy focuses on providing individuals with the time and space to explore and discuss the issues which may be troubling them. During sessions with me you will be able to explore your thoughts and feelings, free from concerns of rejection or judgement.
Our first appointment will be an opportunity to meet each other and to explore how counselling might help. There is no commitment to ongoing therapy at this stage. If you do decide that you would like to continue working with me, we would then agree on a regular time and day which is convenient to us both.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with children, young people and adults throughout my previous professional career in education as a qualified teacher. I am also mother to three, now adult, children.
Throughout my career in education I felt a particular concern for the welfare of those in my care and assumed roles of welfare and safeguarding alongside my role as an educator. This interest in people’s wellbeing prompted me to pursue a career in counselling as I realised that my true interest lay in helping people to achieve good mental health, fulfilment and self-belief. I therefore completed my diploma in Integrative Counselling and qualified to become a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy). This professional body ensures a strict code of ethics and the highest standards of practice and confidentiality. I abide by their code of ethics and good practice.
I have worked for the Dorset NHS Steps to Wellbeing service – an IAPT service for adults and I continue to work as a secondary school counsellor. I am also an Associate Counselling Lecturer at Exeter College, teaching adult learners the Introduction to Counselling and Award in counselling courses. I am a trained Youth Mental Health First Aider.
I volunteer as a counsellor with ARC, a registered charity that is affiliated to Axminster Medical Practice and which adheres to recovery values, principals and standards. Clients of ARC are encouraged and supported to discover a sense of personal identity and to build a meaningful and satisfying life, separate from grief, illness, distress, loss or disability.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Traditionally, counsellors see clients once a week for 50 minutes to an hour at a fixed time and day each week and this is my preferred method of working. However, for people whose working hours vary or whose lifestyle makes it difficult to maintain such a pattern I am happy to try to make arrangements which are mutually convenient.
My work with clients ranges from a few sessions to longer term counselling. I will work with you to decide how many sessions are appropriate.
Ending counselling is an important stage of the counselling process. Generally, my clients and I agree an end date. If you do decide to stop our counselling sessions, I respectfully ask that you give one week’s notice so that we are able to have a mutually supportive ending.
My fee for regular 50 minute sessions is £35.
Initial 30 minute appointment £15
With mutual agreement, there will be an opportunity to extend the initial session to a 60 minute appointment for £35 on the day that we meet.
My practice is based in Sidmouth, East Devon. It is a private, peaceful, counselling studio with allocated parking. It has its own facilities and is accessed by just one step.
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|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
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