Helen Downing Counselling for Adults, Children & Young People
Currently, all face to face sessions are 'on pause.' However, I am offering remote therapeutic alternatives to existing and new clients. Telephone counselling, online video counselling, and email counselling. We would work together collaboratively to find the most appropriate solution for you. I offer relational, compassionate and confidential counselling to adults, children and young people in Bristol and surrounding areas.
My counselling approach is person-centred. My experience is that, whatever difficulties life throws at us, even the very youngest people have an amazing ability to locate their strengths, to grow, and to find their own path through the tough times.
I work collaboratively with my clients to find a way of working that feels most appropriate to them. Some people like to come and talk, others prefer to explore their feelings through creative materials, and symbolic work in the sandtray.
These same options, combined with a play-based therapeutic approach help children and young people find ways of expressing and exploring their feelings that feel safe and natural to them.
For primary school aged children, I ask to meet with a parent or carer before we begin our work together.
For younger children it may be possible (if child and school are willing!) for me to arrange to do our counselling sessions in school.
I hold an enhanced DBS (formerly known as CRB check), and am fully insured.
I am always happy to have an informal, no-obligation chat with prospective adult clients, or parent/s or carer/s who are looking for support for their child, by 'phone, or e-mail about any aspect of how we might work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
I work for a fostering agency, offering emotional support to carers, and working with them to understand and respond therapeutically to the young people in their care. I worked for Relate as a Children's and Young Person's Counsellor. Before that, I trained and worked with national children's counselling charity, the Place2Be, and set up and ran a secondary school counselling service.
- Professional Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling, City of Bristol
- Certificate in Counselling (ADV) – Children and Young People
- Certificate in Counselling skills (INT) – Children and Young People
- Youth Access (Counselling Young People) Training
- Place2Be Volunteer Counsellor training
- Working Effectively with Young People who Self-Harm (Indigo Project)
- Making Trauma Therapy Safer, Babette Rothschild
- Domestic Violence and Abuse Awareness and Safety (Relate)
I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), and abide by their code of ethics.
I have an enhanced DBS (previously known as CRB)
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
£40 per 50 minute weekday session.
I hold one reduced fee place for weekday sessions, please ask