(Alice) Helen Nelson, MBACP (Accredit)
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 you are comfortable with.
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 completed the CPCAB Level 6 in Supervision and 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 with specific areas of interest being neurodiversity.
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 and qualifications 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 in private practice, within the schools setting, as well as, the Self Harm Intervention Programme primarily with young people and adults who are in crisis. As such, 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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have completed significant training and ongoing cpd around autism and adhd and have worked with children, young people and adults. I also have specific training in early intervention.
Due to my work within the Self Harm Intervention Project, I also have experience working with young people and adults in crisis, in particular self harm.
As part of my ongoing development, I completed 80 hour cpd on OnLine & Telephone Counselling with the Counselling Tutor.
Concessions offered for
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.
I have flexibility and am currently offering telephone or counselling session through Zoom.
I am not offering face to face sessions at present as per government guidelines around COVID-19.
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
- Relationship issues
- Domestic violence
- Separation and divorce
- Self esteem and personal growth
- Dealing with trauma
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Anger management
- Work related stress
- Decision making and change
- Carer support
- Crisis and self harm.
Sessions are available Monday - Friday, evening appointments can be made by prior arrangement.