Helen Fenton (Registered Member MBACP)
I offer counselling for adults, children, and young people in Nailsworth, and aim to help my clients find a path through their current difficulties, and to build resilience and skills for the future.
~ I'm excited to have some new counselling spaces to offer, in Nailsworth, on Thursday afternoons & evenings ~
You may be finding it difficult to cope, and feel alone and stuck with anxiety or depression? You may be struggling after a bereavement, separation, redundancy, or with ill-health? Or maybe feel that your life is lacking purpose and meaning? At times like these, counselling may help by offering a space for you to talk openly and honestly about your thoughts and feelings, to someone who will strive to understand without judgement. Speaking to someone independent can help us make sense of our feelings, and help us find clarity, or make decisions.
My counselling approach is “integrative”; this means that I have trained in both of the main theoretical approaches (humanistic/person-centred and psychodynamic); and that I draw flexibly on a range of techniques to meet the unique needs of each individual client. I offer all my clients Empathy (I strive to “walk in your shoes”), Congruence (being real and honest) and Unconditional Positive Regard (non-judgemental acceptance). These values have been shown to be key in any effective counselling relationship.
Contacting a counsellor is a positive step - but can sometimes seem daunting. The first step is to send me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call me (07720 849679) with a short message including your name, a contact number and when would be best for me to return your call. I will happily email or call you back to discuss how counselling might help you, and answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to go ahead, we'll arrange an initial session, without further obligation, for us to meet, discuss what has brought you to Counselling, and explore the possibility of our working together. At that stage if you want to proceed, then we would discuss whether you would prefer to work short or longer-term, and arrange to meet at the same time and place each week.
I currently offer sessions in Nailsworth on Thursday afternoons and evenings. Home visits are also available for those with restricted mobility, with an additional fee to cover travel.
I work both short term (4-8 sessions) and longer term, so depending on your needs we could either meet for a specific number of sessions, or review progress regularly within an open-ended agreement.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
I graduated from the Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling at City of Bristol College, where I trained in the Integrative Model to work with adults from all kinds of backgrounds, and with a range of difficulties including depression, anxiety, stress, low confidence and self-esteem, relationship problems, bereavement, life crises such as redundancy, or divorce, and more. I took my placement with Place2Be (www.place2be.org.uk) where I learnt how to work safely with children using play, creative approaches, story-telling and metaphor. I also completed Place2Be’s specialist Certificate Course in Counselling Children. In 2017-18 I have completed futher training in counselling for young people.
I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (http:/www.bacpregister.org.uk/check_register/result_details.php?personid=1557390) and work within their Ethical Framework and Supervision Requirements (www.bacp.co.uk/ethics/EFfCP.php). I am currently working towards Accredited Status.
My journey in counselling & psychotherapy started in 2002, when I first sought counselling help during a personal crisis, and found that I valued the space and time to understand myself more deeply. I started my formal counselling training in 2013, with a strong intuition that my own experience as a client would inform my work as a counsellor.
Prior to training as a counsellor, I worked for 15 years in business (technology consulting and project management) so I’m familiar with the demands and stresses of a corporate working environment, and the challenges of balancing a demanding career with a home life. In the earlier part of my career I worked in environmental and human rights campaigning groups, on a telephone helpline, and for a Citizens Advice Bureau.
Counselling Training / Qualifications
2014 - 2016
Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling - City of Bristol College
2015 - 2015
Certificate in Counselling Children - Place2Be, Cardiff
2014 - 2015
Foundation Certificate in Counselling Skills & Attitudes, Wessex Counselling Service
2013 - 2014
Certificate in Counselling Skills - Gloucestershire College
MSc (with distinction) Information Technology, University of Teeside
MA Applied Philosophy, University of Hull
BA(2i) Philosophy, University of Durham
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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All counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £40 each.
I accept payment by cash or debit card.
In addition to my private practice, I also work with children in a Gloucestershire state primary school, and with adults and young people through a local charity (www.cotswold-counselling.org.uk).
I am particularly interested in exploring the interplay between mind and body, including our relationships with food and exercise.
Outside of work, I enjoy spending time with my niece and nephews, cycling, gardening, and pilates. My interests include nutrition, health and healing, dance, politics, and feminist philosophy.
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Type of session
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I currently offer sessions in Cirencester and Nailsworth (Thursdays.) Home visits and online sessions are also available.
Types of client