Helen Fairmaner

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BA (hons) MBACP (Accred)
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Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3
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About me

Is there something you need to talk about but you don’t know where to start? ….

Trying to talk about things that are private, upsetting or difficult can be daunting and feel risky. Yet I know from personal experience how transformative it can be to talk at these times.

My approach acknowledges the importance of creating a respectful, empathic, non-judgemental and trusting relationship with clients. I enjoy creating the space for people to explore and reflect on the issues they are facing, and to find ways of moving forward in meaningful and positive ways.

About me
I work with adults and young adults (aged 16-30).

I use an integrative counselling model. This means I draw from a variety of approaches and that allows me to tailor counselling to each person’s unique needs. My approach is informed by an understanding of how people develop through childhood and the various ages, stages and challenges of adulthood.

I am experienced at working with a wide variety of presenting issues such as anxiety, work stress, depression and low mood, disordered eating, crises in spirituality/meaning of life (of any faith or none), relationship difficulties, complex trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences.  

I have particular expertise in:  

  • Helping young adults (16-30) navigate the world, including students and young professionals.
  • Providing space for people to reflect on how Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) impact their lives and relationships. 
  • How to live well with diagnosed or suspected neurodivergence (ASD, ADHD) in clients or their loved ones.
  • Reflecting on the challenges of work and leadership (eg. professionals, spiritual ministry).
  • Helping individuals who want to reflect on the dynamics in their relationships (partners, children, siblings).


I have run a private practice specialising in adults since 2012, and I have previously worked as a counsellor in both primary and secondary schools, have delivered counselling for the NHS to young people (5-18), and have worked for Newcastle University Student Wellbeing. I also have many years of experience working as professional in a pressured working environment and as leader in a local church, and dealing with the personal challenges this can bring.  

What's involved?
I offer a free telephone consultation for up to 20 minutes in order for you to assess whether you want counselling. 

I always begin counselling with a paid assessment session (50 minutes), an important opportunity for me to assess the issues you are facing, their context, your overall health and outline some goals for counselling.  It is also an opportunity for you to meet me and make sure I am the right person for you, that you feel comfortable talking to me.  Having an assessment session does not commit you to book counselling with me.

If you wish to engage in counselling with me, we would then agree the frequency, timing and location/platform for our future sessions. This is often a 50 minute session at weekly intervals at a regular time, but this can be adjusted to suit your needs.  Counselling is a collaborative process, and we would regularly review our work together to ensure we are making progress that is meaningful to you and to give you space to decide how you want to proceed.

Fees
£55 per 50 minute individual session 

Training, qualifications & experience

BA (hons) counselling

Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy MBACP (Accred)

Registered member of the Association of Christian Counsellors

Certificate in Advanced Trauma Treatment for Children and Adolescents

Certificate in Couples Counselling

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

ACC
Association for Christian Counsellors (ACC)

The Association of Christian Counsellors is a professional body representing and setting standards for Christian counselling and care in the UK. The organisation is made up of various different membership categories, including Counsellor and Accredited, and requires all members working as counsellors to undertake Continuous Professional Development on a regular basis.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Association for Christian Counsellors
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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Association for Christian Counsellors

Other areas of counselling I deal with

I also have specific training to help people explore how their spirituality, faith, identity or meaning of life is impacted when facing difficulties.

Fees

£55.00 per session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

£55 – Individual 50 minute session

I offer a free initial telephone conversation for up to 20 minutes to help you assess whether counselling is right for you.

It is important to me that clients with mobility or sensory issues can access my counselling.  See my website for more details of the room and it's accessibility.  
I also offer Zoom sessions.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I offer daytime (from 11.30am) and evening appointments Monday - Thursday.

I currently only have availability for Zoom sessions.  

Newcastle Upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE3

Type of session

Online

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

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It is important to me that clients with mobility or sensory issues can access my counselling. See my website for more details of the room and it's accessibility. I also offer Zoom sessions.

Online platforms

Zoom

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Helen Fairmaner
Helen Fairmaner