Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
BS15 8DB

07941 378560

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Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
BS15 8DB

07941 378560

About me

I offer a safe, compassionate and confidential counselling experience to children and young people in Bristol and surrounding areas.

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 Mary Carpenter House, on the beautiful Kingswood Foundation Estate in Bristol. The therapy rooms are easily accessed from Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas, and there is plenty of free parking on site. I am also able to offer a small number of afternoon/evening sessions during the week.


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


Accredited register membership


£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

Bristol, BS15 8DB

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Saturday mornings & weekday afternoon/evenings in Bristol.

Types of client

Young people