Helen Barnes - MBACP - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling & Cert. Counselling Children

Helen Barnes - MBACP - Dip. Therapeutic Counselling & Cert. Counselling Children



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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

Member organisations


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Play Therapy for Young Children.

Photos & videos

  • My Counsellling Room
  • My Play Therapy Room


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

Further information

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

Maps & Directions

Sudbury, CO10

Type of session

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

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: Yes


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

Types of client

Young people
Older adults