Helen Breakwell BACS hons, DPS, MBACP
With the current situation you might be feeling more stressed or anxious. If you would like more support with your mental health please get in touch.
Counselling with Helen at Wellspring can help:
- Give you the space to talk and explore what you're experiencing in a safe and confidential setting.
- You understand your story, identify the roots of problems and how it's affecting you now.
- Help you find healthy coping strategies that work for you and develop long term ways of looking after your mental health to move forward.
I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I offer an integrative approach, this means i'll work with a variety of methods (from creative therapy to cognitive behavioural therapy/CBT) and go at your pace. I try to make sure that all my clients are comfortable, feel listened to and understood.
As well as working professionally with clients for a number of years, I have personal experience of bereavement and adverse life experiences. I understand that life can be tough sometimes and it's important to have support when you're experiencing change.
I believe that talking therapies and making steps to improve your mental health, can make a big difference to your life now and in the future.
Get in touch, i'm happy to answer any questions you might have.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have worked with clients on issues including abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, family issues, health problems, loss, low self-confidence, relationships, stress and trauma. I also work with workplaces to support employees with their mental health and with students and young people. Before setting up the therapy practice, I saw clients in a not-for-profit counselling agency and for Cruse Bereavement Care.
Professional training and membership
I have a Counselling Diploma in Professional Studies (BACP accredited) and a Certificate in Counselling from the University of the West of England, Bristol. I am a registered member of BACP. I have an enhanced DBS certificate - working with children and adults, clinical supervision, liability insurance and am committed to ongoing professional development.
I completed additional training to work with young people aged 11 and over - Counselling for Young People (from the University of the West of England).
Impact of Covid 19 and online therapy-
- Coronavirus: considering our responses and responsibilities [BACP webinars]
- Moving your practice online [Online Therapy Institute certificate]
- Dr Bessel Van der Kolk on the global coronavirus crisis: Steering our clients through new and developing traumas [PESI UK]
Anxiety and depression-
- Addressing postnatal depression as a healthcare professional [University of Exeter]
- Understanding anxiety, depression and CBT [University of Reading]
- Understanding depression and low mood in young people [University of Reading]
Other selected training -
- Awareness in Bereavement Care [Cruse]
- Neuroscience basics [University of Birmingham]
- Parenting and personality dysfunction: affects of adverse childhood experiences [Nscience UK]
- Trauma informed training working with people with learning disabilities and autism [Respond]
- Working with mental health in the workplace [BACP Conference, Leeds]
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
The charge is £45 for a 50 minute session (usually regular weekly). There are some lower cost sessions available, please ask.
Pay by card, cash or BACS (in advance).
I am currently working online or phone. I am based in Malvern, Worcestershire.
What to expect
If you'd like to talk through any questions you have before starting therapy, i'm happy to provide a free phone consultation. In your first session I will ask you for some brief details (for GDPR) and then you can start to share your story.