Helen Farquhar - HeLo Counselling and Wellbeing
HeLo Counselling and Wellbeing
As a business we have made the decision to move all counselling sessions during the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic to online platforms or by telephone. This is to keep everyone safe during these unprecedented times. This is following the advice of the Government, NHS Scotland and BACP (my professional body).
We can now arrange the continuation of counselling via the online platforms of Zoom or WhatsApp. We can also arrange sessions via the telephone.
Discover your potential
As a Person Centred Counsellor I am committed to providing you with a safe open and non-judgmental environment where you have space to talk about your concerns, feel listened to and know you have been heard. I will allow you to explore your problems with me in a therapeutic relationship based on trust, empathy and acceptance.
My approach is centred on the development of a trusting relationship and seeing the potential for healing. I am here to listen and meet you in your experiences. To support you to find your own sense of power to create positive changes in your own life.
As well as working with private clients, I work as a Counselling Psychotherapist for an Integrated Mental Health Team. In this setting I focus on working with clients experiencing issues such as depression, anxiety, stress, suicidal ideation, bereavement and loss. I have a number of years’ experience working with adult survivors of abuse dealing with trauma and PTSD. I have also worked within a university therapy practice working with students facing a range of issues linked to university life. I works with clients over both short-term and long-term periods depending on your therapy needs.
Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP)
I am a fully qualified teacher of Mindfulness in Schools - .be (dot-be) "stop and be". Here I deliver a 10 week mindfulness programme specifically designed for 11-18 years olds for use in schools, further educational establishments and youth related organisations. I hold an enhanced disclosure PVG's.
Mindfulness is about paying attention to what you are feeling in the here and now, focusing on what is happening inside your body and around you. With mindfulness training, people can develop ways of regulating their thoughts and emotions by practicing mindful breathing and grounding techniques.
Focusing on the present can offer participants tools for building their resilience and ways of managing their thoughts and emotions. This could help reduce issues such as anger, anxiety, stress, depression and it may also help with sleep issues and self-esteem.
Alongside my counselling I teach Adult Education. This involves working with adults aged 16 to 60+ who require support to gain skills/qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and Information Technology.
Prior to my counselling career I worked for over 20 years as an Advice and Guidance Manager and I have a wealth of experience in supporting clients to develop their skills and potential.
Training, qualifications & experience
- MSc in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Stirling University
- Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy - Stirling University
- Trained in Trauma Work
- Mindfulness In Schools Trainer
- Training in Mindfulness Therapy MBSR
- Training in Art Therapy
- ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training)
- BA (Hons) in Tertiary Education with Teaching Qualification
- Diploma in Higher Education with Adult Literacies
- Postgraduate Diploma in Advice and Guidance
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
The cost per session is £40.
Concession for 16 & 17 year olds £30.00 per session.
Our premises has parking available for you to use at no cost.
Day time and evenings
Once I receive your enquiry I will contact you to arrange your first appointment. The initial appointment is an opportunity to discuss your concerns and look at the best way forward. During this appointment I will explain how counselling works and answer any questions you may have.
Once you are happy to proceed with counselling I will ask you to sign a contract and establish clear boundaries. This explains my professional commitment to you in regards to:
Date and times of appointments
The confidentiality agreement
The professional client/counsellor relationship
How and when to contact your counsellor outside of the sessions e.g. cancellation
This is not a legally binding document and you are free to stop the sessions at any time.