Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Helen Downing Counselling for Children & Young People

Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
BS15 8DB

07941 378560

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Mary Carpenter House
Kingswood Foundation Estate
BS15 8DB

07941 378560

About me

I offer a safe, compassionate and confidential counselling experience to 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. My job is to create an environment where children and young people feel safe and free enough to do that.

Some people like to come and talk, just as with adult counselling. Others prefer to explore their feelings through play and creative materials like clay, paint, masks and sand.

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 Tuesday afternoons 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 parent/s or carer/s 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)

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


£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

Bristol, BS15 8DB

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Saturday mornings & weekday afternoon/evenings in Bristol.

Types of client

Young people