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MBACP - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling & Cert. Counselling Children

About me

Hello, my name is Helen and I am a qualified Counsellor.  I work with adults, young children, teenagers and young people.

I have counselling experience which includes working in different environments; NHS, Charities, Private Practice and Schools.

My background is that I am a Speech and Language Therapist (SLT). Within this profession I have many years experience working within paediatric services and working with adults with a learning disability.

For me, forming a good therapeutic relationship with my clients is key.  I offer warmth, empathy and a safe, confidential therapeutic space to talk, to help you explore your feelings in a non-judgemental way at your own pace.  I work following a humanistic approach exploring the whole person and understand that each person is unique in themselves. Using a person-centred approach is core when working with my clients as this follows a non-directive approach, allowing you the client, to take more of the lead in discussions, so that in the process of counselling you will discover your own solutions.

As a Talking Therapies Counsellor, I offer 1:1 face to face counselling, helping clients through a variety of issues i.e. anxiety, depression, stress, relationship difficulties, work issues, grief / loss, health issues, exam stress, bullying.

When working with young children, I follow a Child-Led / Non-Directive Play Therapy approach offering a safe, confidential and caring environment to allow children to explore their thoughts and feelings using art and play.  Art and play are very comfortable for children.  Play and creativity are important to healthy physical and emotional development.   Play Therapy is offered at my Twinstead address.

If you feel you would like help with relationship issues, work issues, anxiety / depression, illness, loss, or would like to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity or if you feel your child could benefit from receiving some play therapy to help understand their world / emotions, or as a teenager you are suffering with anxiety issues, bullying, exam stress, difficulties socialising, then please do contact me, do not feel alone.

I know it can be daunting contacting a Counsellor wondering what to say, or asking yourself is this right for me or my child. Sometimes, we just want someone to talk to without judgement and feel heard and understood. Or we may feel unhappy or stuck in our lives and not sure what to do next. Talking Therapy can help.

If you are considering counselling but not sure, please feel free to contact me via email or telephone.

I offer a free 20 mins initial telephone consultation to give opportunity for us to discuss your needs and to see if we both feel happy to continue to work together.

I am DBS registered & BACP Registered.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • ABC Level 2 Counselling Concepts
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children - Place2Be
  • BSc (Hons) Speech Sciences - University College London
  • Certificate of Higher Education in Behavioural Studies - Anglian Polytechnic University
  • Currently completing MSc Counselling (Brief Dynamic Therapy) and CBT

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Play Therapy for Young Children.

Photos & videos


Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

I offer a sliding scale with fees between £30-50.

After 5pm / Weekends £50.00 per session - 50 mins (1:1 Talking Therapy)

£30.00 per Session - Student Counsellors

When I work

Please do contact me as I have various days / times available.

Further information

I am also a Member of the Suffolk Association for Counselling.

Twinstead, Sudbury, CO10

Sudbury, Suffolk, CO10

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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