Helen Decardi-Nelson MBACP Reg. Counselling Adults, Children and Young people
Helping you to understand, change and grow
I am an Integrative Counsellor with experience counselling adults, children and young people.
Adults, children and young people have come to me for counselling for all kinds of reasons, including; enhancing self esteem and confidence, relationship difficulties, bereavement, loss, management of anger, as well as issues such as depression and anxiety, traumatic and early life experiences.
I believe that there is not a 'one size fits all' approach to counselling. Different individuals have different needs at different times, this 'unique-ness' means that I utilise a variety of different approaches. This tailored 'Integrative' approach draws on different schools of thought and ways of working to produce the most effective therapy for you.
My Integrative approach to counselling means that, in addition to talking, we may use art, symbol work, role play, problem solve, goal-set, practise relaxation techniques or explore family patterns, as part of your therapy.
My approach is an 'Integrative Humanistic' one, which means that I believe the relationship we develop; of understanding, openness and trust, is fundamental to our work together. I believe that you are the expert on your life. I offer a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space.
Understand - Counselling gives you an opportunity to reflect on your life and the events that have shaped you and which have made you the person you are today: your thoughts, feelings and responses to situations.
Change and Grow - Sometimes it is enough to understand what makes you the person you are, giving you the freedom to accept yourself. Other times this awareness and understanding of yourself enables you to make choices about your life and to change the way you respond to yourself, situations and others.
I use a play-based approach when counselling children.
Counselling for children involves encouraging them to express themselves, just as with adult "talking therapies" this is often through play, as it helps the child feel at home with sharing their feelings.
Using art and play allows children to explore their thoughts and feelings in a way that is most comfortable for them.
Over time in a comfortable and safe space, children are able to open up, for instance through their art or role play, and as a result can better understand and cope with their feelings.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a Counsellor experienced in working with adults, children and young people. I am a Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).
I hold a first degree in Psychology and a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling. More recently, I completed a Level 4 Certificate in Counselling Children and Young People.
I am passionate about working with people of all ages. I have counselled adults across a variety of settings, from working for a charity counselling adults via the telephone, to working as a Counsellor within a GP surgery. Currently, I am working in private practice from my home.
My experience with children and young people has come from many forms; I have years of experience working as a School Counsellor within Primary and Secondary schools and I currently counsel part time at a local Primary and Secondary school. I also have vast experience working as a Primary School Teacher; with many years spent teaching both Nursery/Infant and Junior-aged children. This experience has given me an expertise in the developmental needs of children and also ways of working with children from a play-based perspective. Over the years I have also supported families through a variety of roles; as a Special Needs Teacher supporting infants/young children and their families, and also as a Family Support Worker.
I attend Continuing Personal and Professional Development training courses and workshops on a regular basis.
I attend regular supervision sessions.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Children’s learning difficulties
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation anxiety
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Sessions are charged at £50 per 50 minutes for adults and young people or £45 for 45 minutes for children (aged 12 and under).
I am sometimes able to offer negotiable rates dependent on circumstances.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I counsel on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during the day. I am also available on Tuesday evenings.
Types of client