Helen Douch B.A. (Hons), Counselling
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In the current Covid 19 crisis, I am currently offering only phone or online counselling. This will be reviewed as governmental advice allows.
If you are reading this you have probably already decided that you want to explore some aspect of your life that is troubling you. You may be suffering from anxiety or sadness, stressed at work, having relationship difficulties, or be experiencing a more vague sense that something just isn't quite right in your life. You may have a specific question about your life that you want help finding the answer to. You may have experienced a major life event such as illness, bereavement, or retirement that you are struggling to come to terms with.
My own experience of counselling has taught me that, given the right counsellor, it is possible to make sense of experiences that previously seemed too complicated or overwhelming to sort out. My aim as a counsellor is to provide a safe space in which you can explore your difficulties. I will listen as non-judgementally as I can, helping you to identify, untangle, and clarify those troubling, confusing emotions and thoughts. I will make space for you to express strong feelings, for example, of loss and anger at what has happened in your life, so that you can come to terms with those feelings. I will endeavour to be empathic and responsive to whatever you bring to counselling.
If you think counselling may help, the first step is to get in contact with me, either by email or phone. We can have a confidential, no-obligation chat, and if you decide you want to meet up we will arrange an initial face to face appointment. This will last an hour. Here you can get an idea of how I work, and whether you feel I am the right counsellor for you. Trust your instincts on this as it is important to find a counsellor you feel comfortable with. I will also explain my professional policies including my ethical practice, fees, and appointment arrangements.
If you decide that I am the right counsellor for you, we will then arrange further weekly or fortnightly appointments. The number of sessions we have together is up to you, as we will work at your pace, and on the issues you want to explore. This is something we can discuss in the first appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified counsellor and registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (Registered Member MBACP), and I adhere to the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I currently volunteer with TimeNorfolk (the pregnancy loss charity) in Norwich. Until recently I was also a volunteer at The Norwich Centre where I worked for over 4 years.
I also have over 30 years of working in the NHS as an anaesthetist with an interest in Obstetrics and Intensive Care.
- BA Person Centred Counselling Middlesex University
- Diploma Person-Centred Counselling, Metanoia Institute
- Certificate in Counselling Skills, University of East Anglia
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 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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£40 per hour session which can be paid by cash, cheque and BACs transfer. Some concessions available.