Helen Whitehead BA(Hons) MBACP

Helen Whitehead BA(Hons) MBACP

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About me

I am Helen Whitehead and I am a Humanistic Counsellor and Coach we will work together to help you put the pieces of your life back together, through a choice of collaborative interventions. I work from a homely comfortable environment and the first 30 minute consultation is free.

I truly believe in the power of choice and everyone deserves to make their own choices to suit their wants needs and desires. I offer a non judgemental empathic professional relationship based in a comfortable setting.

My background is a Foundation Degree and a BA(Hons) in Counselling and Coaching, I have run my own private practice for some years and I have worked long and short term with children from ages 5-14 at a school Based Counselling Organisation. I have also supported Adults of all ages with Counselling and Coaching at a Mental Health Resource Centre.

Some of the various difficulties that I have worked with are:

  • depression
  • self-harm
  • loss and bereavement
  • abandonment
  • abuse
  • low self esteem
  • lack of direction in life.
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship Breakdown

I have continuous training in relevant areas to continually support my skills and my clients to the best of my ability.

I have experience working with Children, Young People and Adults using talking therapies and various media such as art materials to aid my clients to express themselves in a way comfortable to them. I am a member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.

I am a qualified and experienced integrative Counsellor, Coach and Coach Therapist and I use the relationship of Person Centred counselling with the forward movement of Coaching should you require this. I incorporate various counselling techniques to suit the needs and pace of the client. I work flexibly with the whole person and fully involve my clients with the process. I can work long and short term depending on your needs and wants.

I have regular supervision in line with the requirements of the BACP to support and develop my practice.

There are times in each persons lives when we need some extra support to find direction and clarity. Maybe you have experienced the loss of a relationship, a redundancy, you have pressures from work or your past is stopping you from moving forward, whatever the reason I treat each person as an individual as one size does not fit all, I am an integrative Coach and Counsellor and I can draw on various theories to aid you to find a resolution to life's difficult times.

Counselling can help you with your own personal internal world to assist you through difficult times and understand how you think, feel and behave. Counselling will help you find who you truly are within life's challenges. Counselling is for you if you feel that you have come to a time in your life when it seems a bit too hard to go it alone, I can help you unravel the internal difficulties that you face and help you find a way through to becoming your true self.

Coaching is made up of various skills and theories to equip you to find a positive way forward in your external life I,e: House move, redundancy, job change etc. Coaching is a stand alone intervention or used following Counselling to help you find solutions to certain external areas of your life that you may find difficult, for example finding a new career path, juggling everyday life or becoming more organised as a person for example.

Coach-Therapy is an integrative approach using the relationship of Counselling and the forward movement of Coaching, all of this is done at your pace and with you in control. I will work collaboratively with you offering a transparent, honest, non-judgmental safe space for you to explore what you would like to change in your life and how you can achieve this. The relationship is fundamental to your change and we will achieve this by working at your pace. I will challenge you when I feel it is appropriate to and beneficial to your journey.

Coach Therapy can help with various difficulties that life throws at us and can help you see a way through. Difficulties such as relationship problems, anxiety, stress, low mood, depression, anger or behavioural problems in children (including self-harm/social anxiety/low self-esteem).

Children and Young People
I provide a safe contained space for Child to secure their own identity, through the use of various materials such as, Art materials and toys. Early intervention can help children through a difficult time and equip them with key life skills to help them grow a resilience and to learn transferable skills to deal with future challenges.
This space enables your child to tell their own story using the language of play. Children don't always need to talk about something, they just need the space to explore and understand their life through a medium they know best, play.
My work is child led and I encourage the child to choose what they want from their work with me.
the space I provide empowers the child to work through their own issues in a way that suits their style and needs at a pace that suits them.

Young People and Adults
Can access either Counselling or Coaching or an integration of the two disciplines, I will work collaboratively in a way that suits each individual person. We will start with a contract so that you are in control of the sessions and what you want from them.


Maybe you feel you have lost your way as your life transitions to a new stage, you know what you don't want but struggle find what you do, we can work together to find this. I have my own private practice in a comfortable room based in Horsforth.

Please get in touch to talk about how I could help you.

After contacting me we would arrange for an initial meeting at a time suitable to both parties. If we agree that what I offer is best suited to you we will arrange how and when we will work together.

Training, qualifications & experience

Foundation Degree In Counselling Theory and Skills
BA (Hons) in the Theory and Practice of Counselling including Coaching and CBT
Personal Consultancy
Child Protection Training
Childrens Emotional Well being
Child Development
Working with Metaphor
Parent Partnership
Supervisions Skills
Domestic Violence
Sexual Abuse
Transactional Analysis

Member organisations



Each 1 hour session costs £40 with an initial meeting is free.

I am based in Pontefract I can also do home visits subject to prior arrangement.

Further information


Our daughter/step daughter lost her mum at the age of 9. Life ticked along until she hit her  teenage years. Quite quickly behaviours changed and it was apparent that M was struggling with not having mum around. We knew we couldn't just love her better, it wasn't working.

M saw a bereavement counsellor for a few sessions but decided it wasn't for her.

We hit crisis point again a year later and tried a new counsellor. M said she was weird - they just didn't click. Finally after speaking to a friend at work they recommended Helen.
Helen came round to meet us. Myself, Helen and my step daughter had a chat.
When I asked M what she thought she said she was really happy to give it a go and it was good because Helen didn't ask her any questions. She did but M didn't notice them.
M had weekly sessions, made lovely things, chatted but most of all she came back buzzing.

Her confidence was lifted, she was ready to tell us things which troubled her.
We got our daughter back! M was in control of when and how often she saw Helen, sometimes she told us about their chats and sometimes she didn't. We were just happy that M was happy again.

Maps & Directions

Pontefract, WF8

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Currently available all day Monday's and Tuesdays. And evenings Mondays to Thursday from 5pm.

Types of client

Young people
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