Hello and welcome to my page.
I'm Helen Kasher, a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist. I have experience of helping clients with anxiety and depression and many other issues. My background is in the NHS and I have also worked in the voluntary and private sectors. I am a BACP accredited counsellor/psychotherapist, which means I meet their standards of proficiency and ethical practice.
Counselling and psychotherapy can offer you a safe and confidential space to talk about how you feel, allowing you to be heard and to feel supported. It can also help you to manage difficult or overwhelming periods in your life. You may want to explore a particular experience and how it has affected you, or develop a greater understanding of yourself leading to new ways of relating to and interacting with others.
Whatever it is you need it is important to find the right therapist, so do get in touch if you have any questions. Visit my website to find out more about how I work and call me for a free telephone consultation.
I offer short-term and long-term therapy. Our sessions will focus on the things that are important to you, and we will go at your pace. I work online and also use comfortable rooms in Chapel Allerton and Cookridge, both easily accessible by public transport and with easy parking. The room in Cookridge is a ground floor accessible room.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Certificate in Counselling skills and theory- Distinction (University of Leeds)
- Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy- Merit (University of Leeds)
- Registered member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy)
- BSc Speech Therapy (Leeds Beckett University)
- ASIST ((Applied suicide intervention skills training) trained
- Internal Family Systems (IFS) for Trauma, Anxiety, Depression, Addiction & More (Online Course)
- Essentials of Trauma Treatment: Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) Training Course (Online Course)
- Ongoing training in many areas including bereavement/working creatively/rape
As well as running a small private practice in Leeds, I volunteered at a counselling service in Harrogate for 2 years, supporting clients with a range of issues, including bereavement, anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties and abuse.
I was a Speech and Language therapist, with over 25 years' NHS experience. I supported individuals and families affected by health conditions, communication difficulties and disabilities. Supporting clients with complex emotional needs has been an essential part of my day to day work throughout my working life.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
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).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
People with health conditions and speech and communication difficulties, including those using alternative communication.
People with neurological conditions such as Parkinson’s, Motor Neurone Disease, Stroke, and cerebral palsy.
I completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy at the University of Leeds. The training I received focussed on how we relate to ourselves and others. My approach is integrative. This means that I don’t follow one particular approach but draw on a variety of theoretical approaches, including psychodynamic, person-centred and relational. We can work together to find the approach that works for you and allows you to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve in therapy.
Please do contact me by phone, text or email if you want any further information about me or how I work, or if you want to arrange a session to find out if I am the right therapist for you. I appreciate how important it is to find someone you feel comfortable with so that you can make the changes that you want to make.