Helen Breakwell BACS hons, DPS, MBACP
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 member of BACP. I'm an integrative therapist, this means i'll work with a variety of method, from mindfulness 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)
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
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
£50.00 per session
The charge is £50 for a 50 minute session (usually weekly). There are some lower cost sessions available, please ask. A free phone consultation is available, if you would like to talk before booking a session.
Pay by BACS transfer or payment link.
When I work
- Online and phone sessions are available on Monday , Tuesday and Wednesdays (including evenings where available). I work as a college counsellor on Fridays seeing students.
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.