Helen Downing Counselling for Adults, Children & Young People
I offer safe, 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.
Where and when?
On Monday afternoons and Saturday mornings I offer sessions from Mary Carpenter House, on the beautiful Kingswood Foundation Estate in Bristol. The therapy rooms are easily accessed from Bristol, Bath and surrounding areas, and there is plenty of free parking on site.
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 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)
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£40 per 50 minute weekday session.
£45 per session on Saturdays.
I hold one reduced fee place for weekday sessions, please ask.
Reduced rate of £20 for our first session
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Saturday mornings & weekday afternoon/evenings in Bristol.
Types of client