Helen Leach - BACP Accredited Counsellor for Adults, Young People & Children
4 Hearts and Minds
Hello, my name is Helen.
With over six years' experience counselling adults, teenagers and children (6 years+), I offer a safe and confidential space in which to build a healing therapeutic relationship centred on warmth, honesty and respect. A space where you decide what you talk about, and where your voice can be truly heard.
I am passionate about counselling and its potential to alleviate personal distress, enhance emotional wellbeing and facilitate resilience, growth and change.
MY COUNSELLING APPROACH:
Person-centred counselling for adults and young people:
My priority is to tailor the counselling process to you; to understand you as an individual and your unique view of the world that you live in, with all the complexity, responsibilities and worries that you may be dealing with.
My aim is to enable you to explore, make sense of and reflect on your feelings, thoughts, relationships, behaviours and experiences at your own pace, without feeling judged.
My hope is that you gain a better understanding of your self and your feelings. This process has the potential to lead to change and personal growth.
I have worked with adults and young people of all ages:
* anxiety * low mood * depression * bereavement * loss * termination of pregnancy * estrangement *
* divorce & separation * betrayal * childhood * sexual violence * relationships * disability and illness *
* eating disorders * mental illness within the family * alcoholism within the family * suicidal thoughts * difficulties at work, school, college or university * emotional, physical and sexual abuse * anger * stress * low self confidence * self harm *
Play therapy for children:
Children communicate through play. Play provides the 'language' and toys provide the 'words', enabling children to make sense about things that are troubling them. In their sessions children lead their play within a safe and therapeutic setting. Through non-directive therapeutic play children are free to communicate their emotions and thoughts at their developmental level and their pace.
I use toys based on families, real life and nurturing, creative activities, and books relevant to their experiences and developmental age to nurture children's emotional expression.
Children often can't find the right words to express how they feel so their emotions are communicated through their behaviours and may lead to sleep difficulties, tummy aches, headaches, loss of appetite, and for some, their carefree nature appears to have diminished.
I have supported children through therapeutic play with life changes and concerns, including:
* bereavement * separation * divorce * difficulties at school * anger * worries * foster care * low self esteem
Creative and symbolic therapies:
This is another way to explore feelings and thoughts and can be helpful if the right words are difficult to find, as well as enhancing the talking process. I provide art materials, symbolic objects, and offer sand-tray therapy to facilitate the expression of your feelings and emotions - expertise in art is not required! This approach is often suited to children and young people, but can provide much insight for adults too. There is no pressure to work creatively - it's completely up to you.
Choosing the right counsellor for yourself or your child is important.
It's important because as a client you need to feel that you can be open with your therapist, be able to talk about and work through difficult feelings and situations.
Research has shown that the 'therapeutic relationship' between client and counsellor is a crucial aspect of successful therapy. So - you may need to meet with a few counsellors to find the right one - a counsellor who will 'get' you; one who will listen with compassion and without judgement.
1. Confidential phone call or email:
To help you find out whether I am the right counsellor for you, or your child, I am more than happy to talk on the phone or via email in the first instance to answer any questions, discuss your needs and together work out the right way forward.
2. Initial Consultation:
If after speaking with me you feel I could be the right counsellor, we can arrange to meet. For younger children I find it's helpful to meet with the parent/carer first to understand concerns and expectations.
The purpose of this first session is for you to find out more about counselling with me, how we might work together and for me to understand what is bringing you or your child to therapy. It's also an opportunity for you to talk about your hopes and expectations of therapy, as well as any worries about counselling.
There is no obligation to arrange further sessions after our initial meeting.
3. Ongoing Counselling Sessions:
Sessions are usually held weekly. We can work together for a set number of sessions, or decide to have a more open-ended approach. We will regularly review how things are going, with the aim that the ending will be planned and prepared for.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Qualified Person-centred Counsellor
- Accredited and Registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Over six years wide-ranging experience counselling men, women, young people and children
- Experience in working on a short, medium and long term basis with clients
- Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark (2015 onwards)
- Primary & Secondary Schools (2013 onwards)
- University Counselling Services (staff & students: 2012 - 2016)
- Cruse Bereavement Care (2011 - 2014)
- ISAS (Incest & Sexual Abuse Survivors 2011 - 2014)
In addition to my private work, I am employed part-time at the Children's Bereavement Centre, where I support children and young people, and their families, who have been affected by loss through terminal illness, death or the divorce or separation of someone close. I also work as a self-employed counsellor for CASY (Newark charity - Counselling & Support for Young People).
My previous careers in Nursing, Human Resources and Welfare Rights add depth to my awareness and knowledge of the challenges and changes that all of us may face.
- Certificate - Counselling Children and Young People
- Diploma - Theory & Practice of Counselling
- Cruse Bereavement Care Accredited Course - Awareness in Bereavement
- Certificate - Counselling Skills
- Certificate - Counselling Concepts
- Masters Degree - Human Resource Management
- Degree - Psychology - 1st class hons.
- Registered General Nurse
As an Accredited Member of the BACP I am required to maintain and improve my knowledge, skills and competency through undertaking a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually. Below is a selection of CPD courses I have undertaken:
- Working with suicidal clients
- Working therapeutically with rape and sexual abuse (Diploma course)
- TA 101 (Transactional Analysis)
- Traumatic and sudden bereavement
- Working with Anger
- Loss and Bereavement for children and young people
- Play therapy
- Anxiety and depression in teenagers
- Counselling clients on the autistic spectrum
- Creative techniques in counselling
- Person-centred art therapy
- Literature and mental health
- Solution-focused therapy
- Eating disorders
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss, Grief and Transitions:
I work with adults, young people and children who are experiencing loss, grief and transitions in their lives:
* Bereavement * Sudden & traumatic bereavement (for example, through suicide, accident) * Anticipatory grief (grief as a result of a life limiting or terminal illness) * Termination of Pregnancy * Miscarriage * Stillbirth * Separation * Divorce * Estrangement * Family change * Empty nest syndrome * Terminal and chronic illness * Redundancy * Dismissal from work * Retirement * Relocation *
With my nursing background (including palliative care in a hospice), I am able to work with individuals, or their carers, with health related issues:
* Medical diagnosis * Cancer * Chronic / long-term illness * Life limiting illness * Terminal illness * Disability
I have experience of supporting individuals with Type I Diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
Children & Young People:
I have experience counselling 'looked after children' in foster care or living with guardians.
Fees per session:
- £40 - Initial Consultation - I allow up to 1.5 hours for our first meeting
- £40 - Adults, Young People & Children
- £30 - Concessions - low income
- £30 - Counselling Students - where therapy is a course requirement
- Adults - 60 minutes
- Teenagers - 50 minutes
- Children - 45 minutes
Session length can be individualised, depending on client need and preference. Some adult clients may find a longer session more helpful (1.5 hours), whilst younger children may find 30 minutes is long enough. Session fees will be adjusted accordingly.
Please call or email me for a confidential chat or to arrange an initial consultation. If I'm unavailable, please leave me a message and I will return your call or email within 24 hours (Monday - Saturday).
- Situated on Dysart Road, opposite Oceans Health & Fitness Club
- Ground floor office with disabled access
- Free car parking
- 10 minutes walk from town centre and railway station
- On bus route
- An Enhanced DBS check (registered with the Disclosure & Barring Service)
- Undertaken mandatory bi-annual Safeguarding training (Sept. 2015)
- Current public liability and professional indemnity insurance
- Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection)
- Regular clinical supervision (BACP Accreditation requirement)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
* Tuesday * Wednesday * Thursday * including 'after' school / college / work appointments & * Saturday mornings * Please contact me for availability. All enquiries are treated in confidence.
Types of client