Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Widcombe Therapy Rooms
4 Millbrook Place
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4JY

244 Station Road
Yate
Bristol
South Gloucestershire
BS37 4AF

07941 378560

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Widcombe Therapy Rooms
4 Millbrook Place
Bath
Somerset
BA2 4JY

244 Station Road
Yate
Bristol
South Gloucestershire
BS37 4AF

07941 378560

About me

I offer a safe, compassionate and confidential counselling experience to children and young people in Bath and South Gloucestershire

My counselling approach is person-centred. My experience is that, whatever difficulties life throws at us, even the very youngest people have an amazing ability to locate their strengths, to grow, and to find their own path through the tough times. My job is to create an environment where children and young people feel safe and free enough to do that.

Some people like to come and talk, just as with adult counselling. Others prefer to explore their feelings through creative materials like clay, paint, masks and sand. These materials are always on offer in my sessions – it’s up to you whether you choose to use them. If you would rather just talk, then of course that’s fine too.

Sometimes people worry that their issues aren't important or 'big enough' to bring to counselling. I would say that if it matters to you, then it is important.

Just as with adult counselling, it is your choice whether you come to counselling and what you talk about.

For primary school aged children, I ask to meet with a parent or carer before we begin our work together.

Where and when?

On Saturdays I offer sessions from Widcombe Therapy Rooms in the heart of Bath. The rooms are just a short walk from Bath train and bus stations, and there is free on-street parking right outside.

On Tuesday afternoons and evenings I offer sessions at the Ridgewood Centre in Yate. There is a free car park right outside.

How?

Finding the right person to talk to, and coming to counselling for the first time can feel quite a daunting experience - I am always happy to have an informal, no-obligation chat by 'phone, text, or e-mail about any aspect of how we might work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

I work for Relate as a Children's and Young Person's Counsellor. Before that, I trained and worked with national children's counselling charity, the Place2Be, and set up and ran a secondary school counselling service.

  • Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, City of Bristol
  • Certificate in Counselling (ADV) – Children and Young People
  • Certificate in Counselling skills (INT) – Children and Young People
  • Youth Access  (Counselling Young People) Training
  • Place2Be Volunteer Counsellor training
  • Working Effectively with Young People who Self-Harm (Indigo Project)
  • Making Trauma Therapy Safer, Babette Rothschild
  • Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness and Safety (Relate)

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by their code of ethics.

I have an enhanced DBS (previously known as CRB)

Member organisations

BACP

Accredited register membership

Fees

£40 per 50 minute session.
I hold two reduced fee places

I charge a reduced rate of £20 for our first session

Further information

Home visits and e-mail counselling may be possible in some circumstances, please call to discuss if you are interested.

Maps & Directions

Bath, BA2 4JY
Bristol, BS37 4AF

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None

Availability

Saturday mornings in Bath Tuesday afternoons and evenings in Yate.

Types of client

Children
Young people
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