A. Helen Nelson

A. Helen Nelson

County Antrim

07732 029822

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About me

Therapy is a very personal, private and individual experience - we come to therapy when something in our lives isn't working.

My approach is warm and empathic and I hope by creating a safe environment through establishing clear boundaries and developing trust, a meaningful connection evolves at a pace that is most comfortable for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have always been interested in what makes us do what we do and I was fortunate enough to find my calling whilst studying counselling in college.

In 2010 I completed the UUJ HE Diploma in Counselling gaining a distinction. I have also gained a Foundation Certificate in Gestalt theory at NRC and a Post Graduate Certificate in Systemic Practice and Family Therapy from Queen's University Belfast, as well as, the CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in CBT. I have also completed training with Sleep Scotland and am an Accredited Sleep Counsellor. I am currently studying the CPCAB Level 6 in Supervision with finish date in June 2020. I am an Accredited and Registered member of BACP.

I have also attended many short courses and workshops (as per BACP ethical guidelines of 30 hours per year). My CPD is an ongoing part of both personal and professional development.

I have been fortunate to work in a variety of settings which have developed my abilities as a growing therapist. From working intensely in the Autism community within two of Northern Ireland's Autism charities - both Autism NI and Autism Initiatives with children, young people and adults. I have had a variety of roles and have gained experience in early intervention and group work with children, teens and adults. I have also been involved in delivering training, such as Understanding Autism, Growing Up and Autism, Autism and Employment. Working with neurodiversity remains a special interest. I currently work privately, also within the schools setting as well as the Self Harm Intervention Programme. I have experience working with a wide range of mental health difficulties.

My supervisors have taught me a variety of valuable interventions which I use in my daily work. I firmly believe in continuing to challenge myself as a therapist.

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An Initial Consultation is offered free of charge and usually no more than one hour.

Regular sessions last for 55 minutes at a cost of £40 per session.

A reduced rate is also available to students embarking on 30 hours of personal therapy, as a necessary requirement of their Counselling Course.

Further information

Areas of experience...

As a Humanistic Integrative Therapist I provide counselling to both individuals and I specialise in the following areas:

  • Low mood / depression / anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Relationship issues
  • Domestic violence
  • Separation and divorce
  • Self esteem and personal growth
  • Dealing with trauma
  • Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Anger management
  • Bullying
  • Work related stress
  • Decision making and change
  • Autism
  • ADHD
  • Carer support.

Sessions are available Monday - Friday, evening appointments can be made by prior arrangement.

Maps & Directions

Lisburn, BT27

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: Yes
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I have flexibility and am currently offering telephone or counselling through Zoom.

I am not offering face to face sessions at present.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults