Helen Baker MBACP, Counsellor and Supervisor, B.Ed (Hons)
Welcome to my profile. I hope that what you read below will encourage you to contact me to answer any questions you may have or to make a first appointment.
I am a qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP) and my practise is based in Sidmouth, East Devon. I am also a qualified supervisor and trained in relationship counselling. I offer individuals of all ages short and long term work on issues that impact on their life including anxiety, depression and relationship issues.
It is usual to feel a certain amount of anxiety when seeking help and it may be difficult for you to make that first telephone call or send the first email. Please be reassured that I will do all that I can to put you at your ease and I will be happy to explain how I work.
I believe in creating a warm and safe environment from which you can explore the difficulties you face, rediscover your strengths and make changes that will improve your life. My aim is to help you to know and to understand yourself, independent from the views of others. This can involve challenging long held beliefs and perceptions and this I do in a supportive and non-judgemental manner.
Training, qualifications & experience
As a qualified BACP counsellor and supervisor, I work with adults of all ages and teenagers from the age of 13. Alongside my private practice I work as the Higher Education Counsellor for Exeter College and I lecture in counselling at the college, currently teaching on the Advanced Diploma Course.
Much of my work with the Higher Education students at Exeter College focuses on generalised anxiety, panic attacks, depression, study and relationship issues. I also work with an established health programme supporting clients with body image, weight and/or fitness issues.
My experience includes working with Dorset NHS Trust as part of the Steps to Wellbeing Service (an IAPT depression and anxiety service for adults)
I have also worked for ARC, (a GP-referred community counselling service in East Devon, with a focus on loss and bereavement) and with teenagers as a school counsellor across a range of issues, including self-harm, panic attacks, anxiety, low mood, sexuality and self-worth.
I am trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid and in supporting LGBT clients.
Prior to training as a counsellor, my professional career was in education as a qualified teacher and special needs advocate. I am mother to two sons and a daughter who are all now young adults.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
My fee for regular hourly individual or couples sessions is £40.
Initial 60 minute appointment £20.
I am currently offering one couple the opportunity to have six sessions of relationship counselling at a cost of £15 per session. (This offer requires attendance at all 6 sessions and a charge of £45 will be payable at sessions 1 & 2)
Please contact me to discuss this opportunity further.
The initial appointment provides us with an opportunity to decide if working together will be helpful. If we agree that we're a good fit, the next step is to book a first session and discuss the commitment to ongoing sessions. My work with clients ranges from a few sessions to longer term counselling. I will determine this with you at the first appointment.
My practice is based in Sidmouth, East Devon. It is a private, peaceful, counselling studio with allocated parking. It has its own facilities and is accessed by just one step.
I offer an integrative approach to counselling based on the principles of Person centred therapy (PCT). The focus of PCT is on providing individuals with the time and space to explore and discuss the issues which may be troubling them. An integrative approach means I have many different styles of counselling available to me for working alongside you including CBT. During sessions with me you will be able to explore your thoughts and feelings, free from concerns of rejection or judgement.
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