Helen Walinski-Kiehl MBACP
I am a professionally-qualified and experienced counsellor trained to Advanced Diploma level, and a registered member of BACP.
I work primarily in a person-centered way, using psychodynamic insights, and integrate elements of cognitive behavioural therapy and transactional analysis into my practice, as appropriate to the needs of my individual clients. I also use some of the ideas and techniques of Gestalt counselling, with its "whole person" approach and emphasis on the link between mind/emotions and the body. This may include working with dreams, if clients find this helpful. I sometimes use mindfulness techniques, as these can be very useful to stressed or anxious clients.
I offer my clients a variety of creative ways of working, for example dolls/soft toys, sand tray, role playing, drawing, if they would like to work in this way. This can be especially helpful to people unused to thinking about, or verbally expressing, their emotions.
My practice is based in the Colne Valley, close to bus stops and with easy parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling
I have been a Samaritan, and a Victim Support volunteer.
Alongside my private practice, I have several years experience working with adults for a counselling charity, and working with teenagers in a Sixth Form College. I also provide personal therapy to students studying for Diplomas in counselling.
I work with a wide range of issues, for example, depression, anxiety, anger management, lack of confidence/self-esteem, health concerns, spirituality, and self-harming. I also work with relationship problems, parenting concerns, sexuality issues, bullying, and abuse, and with bereavement and loss, including miscarriage and abortion.
I can provide a safe, non-judgemental, un-pressured environment where these issues can be explored and worked through at a client's own pace.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenagers and students
I offer both short and longer-term counselling, as appropriate to each client's circumstances and the nature/complexity of the issues they bring.
My standard fee is £34 for a one hour counselling session, but I will negotiate a reduced fee if necessary for students.
I invite prospective clients to an initial hour's meeting, where we discuss the issues they want to work with, and their expectations from counselling.
If we both feel counselling is appropriate, and that we can work together, I would draw up a contract for us both to sign. We would discuss a likely timescale for our work at the initial meeting, and regularly review the progress being made, as our work progresses.
To be effective, counselling requires commitment from both client and counsellor, and some sessions may be challenging or painful. A contract may cover just a few weeks, or continue over several months, according to the issues a client brings, and the depth and amouint of work they want to do. I do not promise "quick fix" solutions, but aim to help people to make fundamental changes which will be of lasting benefit in their life. I offer all my clients my full commitment to the work we will do together to bring these about - however long this takes.
I have a limited number of places available to start counselling NOW.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings. Flexible appointments offered to accommodate different work/commitment patterns.
Types of client