Helen Benson

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BA(Hons) MBACP Accred Counsellor / Psychotherapist
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Wymeswold, Leicestershire, LE12
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

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.

My Approach

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

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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)

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.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


£55.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Initial Assessment session (1 hour) = £55.00

Counselling sessions (1 hour) = £55.00

I offer a free 15 minute telephone consultation.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

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 .

Further information

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.

Wymeswold, Leicestershire, LE12

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

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Helen Benson
Helen Benson