Helen Benson BA(Hons) MBACP Accred Counsellor / Psychotherapist
Thinking about counselling and finding the right therapist can be a daunting task and I understand how difficult this can be. My name is Helen and I have been a counsellor / psychotherapist for over 15 years working with a diverse range of people with a diverse range of issues and difficulties.
The benefits of counselling
If you are having difficulties with an area of your life or feel overwhelmed and troubled by certain feelings and emotions then talking things through with an experienced therapist can be extremely helpful. There are many reasons why people seek counselling - you may have recently experienced a relationship breakdown, you may be feeling extremely anxious, depressed, struggling with work stress or feel troubled by something from the past. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, know that you are already showing courage and strength and I will work to support you in making positive changes and move forwards. There are many benefits to counselling - this includes regaining emotional balance, identifying more effective ways to cope, better relationships, greater confidence and increased sense of direction/motivation/purpose.
Finding the right therapist is important - not just someone qualified and competent, but someone you feel comfortable with and where you feel truly heard and understood as a person. As a person centred therapist my focus is about you as an individual and the unique feelings and experiences that you bring. Together we can work to uncover and understand how you have been impacted by those feelings / experiences, how to make changes that are right for you and so begin a journey of personal learning, insight and understanding, and ultimately to improved coping, relating and emotional well-being. For many this is a powerful and lasting healing experience.
I am a conscientious and mindful practitioner and work to build a therapeutic relationship with all my clients that is based on trust, compassion, respect and honesty and that keeps you and your needs at the centre of our work together.
Taking the next step
It's empowering to have made the decision to seek counselling as this will be the first step towards gaining clarity, fresh perspectives and feeling more able to cope with your everyday life.
Please feel free to go to my website if you would like to find out a bit more about me and my service. Otherwise please feel free to get in touch. I am happy to arrange a free 15 minute telephone consultation if this would help. This will enable us to discuss a bit more about the reasons you are seeking support and whether you feel I am the right therapist for you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- I have a first class Honours Degree in Humanistic Counselling Practice and qualified at The University of Nottingham in 2006
- I am accredited by the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) which means I work to a set of professional standards and ethical principles to ensure I deliver a quality assured service
- I have an OCN Level 3 Specialist Certificate for working with male and female survivors of sexual violence (rape/sexual abuse) and have worked extensively in this sector
- I provide short term solution focused therapy for businesses where staff may present with issues that are affecting their well-being and performance at work
- I spent many years managing clinical services and so have gained an insight and understanding into the challenges that can be faced in leadership / management roles
- I have a keen interests in matters relating to the menopause; I deliver talks at a Menopause Retreat to women affected by the emotional and psychological impacts of being peri/post menopausal
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
If you feel you need more coaching support than counselling - may be in relation to work/career or regarding your life direction then I can provide this support too.
I work with anyone of any gender aged 18+ and can provide sessions either face to face, via the telephone or online via Zoom.
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
Initial Assessment session (1 hour) = £50.00
Counselling sessions (1 hour) = £50.00
I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.
Please do contact me to find out my current availability. I aim to be flexible in order to offer daytime, evening and weekend appointments where possible .
My practice is based in north west Leicestershire and is conveniently located on the border of both Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire. I offer counselling sessions face to face and also via the telephone and online via Zoom. This means you can access support in the way that best suits you. It also means that the sessions are open to anyone of any geographical location who would like to access my service.