Helen Donnison PGDip BSc (Hons) MBACP
Hello, my name is Helen and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a Counsellor and I feel so lucky, and privileged, to be doing a job that I love.
My aim, as a Counsellor, is to offer you a unique environment where you can freely explore what’s going on for you. An opportunity, through exploration, to try and understand why you might be feeling the way you do. To increase your understanding of yourself through discussion, normalisation and reflection. In short, I want to help you to feel clearer, more confident and more able to discover a new way of being that feels right to you.
Many clients that come to me want me to take away the ‘chaos’ that’s going on inside their head, they want clarity of thought, less overwhelming emotions. By offering space and time away from the demands of life, my clients have the opportunity to ‘catch up’, to gain clarity of thought, to connect with feelings in a safe way, to grieve losses and to celebrate successes. This process of pausing and processing, is so important in order for life to continue in a different way. As a result, I find my clients rediscovering themselves, regaining confidence and creating a more balanced life.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am an experienced Humanistic Counsellor/Psychotherapist who encompasses Person-centred, Psychoanalytic and Existential influences. I offer an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential space where I can help you to explore issues in a private, quiet and relaxed environment.
I hold registered membership with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), a first degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Over time, my practice has evolved with my passion and I now primarily work with women who are struggling with challenges such as the following:
panic attacks or flashbacks
loss of self
trauma from abuse
stress, depression, self-blame
low self-esteem and negative life events
I have completed CPD workshops in the following:
Working with Trauma in a Time of Trauma
Brief Solution Focused Therapy
Sexual Abuse Recovery
Supervision and Attachment Theory
Relationships: Why do we bother?
Introduction to Ritual Abuse
Working with Creative Materials
Strokes and Games in Transactional Analysis
Stress Management Workshop
The Missing Link: Working with the Traumatised Body
Working with Client Dysregulation
CBT Techniques and Problem solving
Reducing the Risk of Burnout and Compassion Fatigue for Therapists and their Clients
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I currently offer Telephone or Virtual Counselling for adult individuals at the following rates:
£60 per weekday session
£65 per evening session
Ongoing Counselling Fees:-
Weekday £60 - £90 per 50 minute session
Evening £65 - £95 per 50 minute session
I really believe that everyone would benefit from speaking with a Counsellor and I also understand that not everyone can afford to do so, I therefore offer Counselling fees on a sliding scale to try and make my services available to as many people as possible. We will agree your ongoing counselling fee at the Initial consultation.
Please feel free to call if you would like to discuss your needs and find out how I can help.