Helen Leach, Dip. Couns. MBACP
Ashton In Makerfield
I was trained as an integrative therapist, however working in the field of trauma has led my continuing professional development towards trauma focused work. As I also work with children and young people, I am heavily influenced by creative therapies. Although I was not initially trained in this specialist area, I have since undertaken two trauma focused modules on an MSc in Psychological Trauma, and also completed a Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People.
During these years, I have found that both adults and children can often struggle to find the words to speak about upsetting and confusing experiences. Traumatic memories can often be so painful, people will often seek to avoid thinking about them. Metaphorically speaking, we put things in boxes and lock them shut. But sometimes these boxes open when sights, sounds and smells take us straight back to the thoughts we have been trying so hard to avoid. In moments it can feel like we are reliving the experiences all over again.
We all experience different kinds of traumas, and what may be traumatic to one person, may not to another. We must all learn not to judge our experiences by those of others. If you are struggling to manage difficult memories and thoughts, this is when therapy can help.
Sometimes people are better able to process these memories with some support or help from another person. Sometimes they just need to wait until the right time, and sometimes they need to find a way to think it through gradually.
Together we will explore safe ways for you to begin the process of opening the box. As we pull out the upsetting and confusing memories, at your pace, you will begin to develop a new understanding of them.
As an integrative therapist, I will work with you to explore the most effective way for you to engage in therapy.
How we will do this:
- Support networks – exploring personal and professional support
- Coping strategies – understanding healthy and unhealthy ways of managing difficult experiences
- Psycho-educational work – understanding how our body and minds respond to trauma
- Re-processing the event – this focuses on the impact the experiences have had on how you view yourself, and learning to piece together the confusing memories so that you can view the experience from a different view point.
Through processing and gaining a new understanding of traumatic memories, this will lead to an increased sense of safety, a greater sense of control in life, stronger self-belief, and a restored sense of identity.
Specialist work with children and young people:
I have worked with children aged 6 and above in a range of settings, including schools. Although I continue to work predominantly with children who have experienced abuse and neglect, I have also supported children who are experiencing emotional difficulties in relation to bullying, anxiety, low confidence, and depression. I work with children in a creative way which includes using art, play, and sand tray work to explore their feelings.
Expertise and areas of interest:
For six years I have been practising and specialising in working therapeutically with clients who have experienced sexual abuse, with three of these years spent developing my expertise in working with children and young people. Alongside this I have also been supporting parents and caregivers whose children have experienced abuse. I also have extensive experience of offering pre-trial therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Integrative Counselling
Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
Postgraduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence (University of Worcester)
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Children and Young People
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (University of Central Lancashire)
Designated Safeguarding Officer
Working together to Safeguard Children and Young People
I have also a portfolio of workshops and additional short courses I have attended.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Emotional abuse
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship issues
60 minute session: £45
I am based in the Ashton and Makerfield Area, and offer a free half an hour telephone consultation. This is so we can discuss if I am the right therapist for you, and to see if I can offer you what you need. If you would like more information please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Evening appointments. Saturdays (am)
Types of client