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Helen Fenton (Registered Member MBACP)

Stroud GL5 & Cirencester GL7
07720 849679 07720 849679

About me

I currently offer sessions online & face to face (at OwnZone in Stroud or in your home), outdoors/walking, & outdoors/in your garden. (18/10/2020)

I offer counselling for adults, children, and young people, and aim to help my clients find a path through their current difficulties, and to build resilience and skills for the future.

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.

Practical Information

Contacting a counsellor is a positive step - but can sometimes seem daunting. The first step is to send me an email (helenfenton@hotmail.com) 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 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 telephone & online (video) sessions, alongside outdoors/walking & outdoors/your garden sessions for clients in the Nailsworth & Cirencester areas.

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

Academic Qualifications


MSc (with distinction) Information Technology, University of Teeside


MA Applied Philosophy, University of Hull


BA(2i) Philosophy, University of Durham

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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).

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All counselling sessions last for 50 minutes and cost £45 each (with concessions available for low incomes.)

I accept payment by bank transfer or PayPal.

Concessions offered for

  • Low income

Further information

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, dancing, and pilates. My interests include nutrition, health and healing, dance, politics, and feminist philosophy.


Own Zone Space Ltd
9 Lansdown

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I currently offer sessions online & face to face (at OwnZone in Stroud or in your home), outdoors/walking, & outdoors/in your garden. (18/10/2020)

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Helen Fenton (Registered Member MBACP)

Helen Fenton (Registered Member MBACP)