Helen Stephenson BEd Hons, Reg MBACP(Accred), Dip Children & Young People
I offer a welcoming, confidential and safe place if you are looking for help with difficulties in your life and need to speak to someone beyond your family, friends or work colleagues you might usually talk to. I love my work with people of all ages and backgrounds and I welcome the opportunity to work with you as you are and with whatever issue you bring to counselling.
What I can offer you and what to expect in counselling
Thinking about having counselling is a big step and can take a lot of courage. I will listen to you with respect and without judgement, and provide a safe therapeutic relationship where together we can explore your thoughts and feelings to enable you to make the changes you wish to make in your life or situation.
I will support you to understand yourself better and to take more control of how you react and cope with situations, and enable you to feel more resourced for the future.
As your counsellor I can help you find realistic ways forward with areas such as anxiety and depression, workplace stress, family relationships, coping with illness, bereavement or other issues affecting your wellbeing. Please see the list below for other areas for which I offer support.
Who I work with
I work with adults, children and young people.
I enjoy working with people of all ages and from a wide variety of backgrounds and cultures. I am experienced in working with people who have learning difficulties or disabilities, including autism, and will accommodate your needs to give you the best possible experience of counselling.
Counselling for Children and Young People
You may be a young person looking to talk to someone, or be the parent or carer of a younger child or teenager needing support. I have specialist training in this area, including in child protection and safeguarding, and have many years experience in school settings.
Being a young person can be really hard work and it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you’re struggling and feel no-one understands you. I can provide a safe place to talk about any issue where you will not be judged or criticised, and help you find ways to manage your worries and begin to enjoy life again. I believe in helping you to understand and take control of your situation, as far as you can, and to make healthy and positive choices about your life.
Please get in touch to find out how I can help. It may even be that you as a parent are needing some support yourself.
Making an appointment and charges for counselling
For the first appointment I offer a reduced-rate 30 minute session so you can meet me and decide if you would like me to work with you. We can discuss the issues you wish to deal with and arrange further appointments at a time that suits us both.
I usually work with people for a few weeks then review how things are going, and then we can decide to continue or to bring counselling to an end. Sometimes it is helpful to work longer term, and this is something we can talk about when we meet.
Sessions are £40 an hour. However, I am willing to discuss a reduced rate where there is hardship if this means you will be able to have the counselling support you need.
Contact by phone or email is confidential.
I work from my home on the edge of Exeter, where I have a dedicated counselling room with an open outlook into the garden. There is easy parking outside and I am close to a bus route from the city centre. Please be aware that access is via stairs.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Registered Accredited Member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and I work to their high professional and ethical standards, and I am fully insured.
Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling, Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Devon, 2014
Diploma for Children and Young People, Safe Space for Counselling, Devon, 2015
Thrive Practitioner qualification and Level 3 training for Safeguarding and Child Protection, 2014.
I have worked as a school counsellor in the Exeter area for four years, as well as with adults in private practice and as a volunteer in the charity sector.
My original qualification was in teaching with a BEd Hons, and before becoming a counsellor I worked for many years in a supportive role in education with young people with special needs and from many different ethnic backgrounds. I spent several years living in Spain working with vulnerable people, including those trying to leave addictions to drugs, and I speak fluent Spanish.
I am committed to developing my professional counselling skills with regular relevant training.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for Children and Young People
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My usual fee is £40 per hour although I am open to a reduction in some circumstances for people in hardship - please get in touch.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments in daytime or evenings, and normally prefer to see clients once a week for up to an hour.
Types of client