Helen Leach: Counselling for Adults, Parents, Young People and Children
During lockdown I have moved my practice to online (video conferencing through Zoom) and telephone sessions to adults and young people.
For younger children I am running sessions for parents to help them support themselves and their children; where appropriate there may be opportunities to work with both parent and their child online.
Face: face sessions will resume when government advice supports this way of working, and both myself and my clients feel comfortable to meet in person.
I hope my specialist knowledge and experience in working with change, transitions, ill health, bereavement, loss and grief will be helpful to you during these uncertain times. I have nine years supporting people through their experiences of anxiety, low mood, regrets, anger and unhappiness often as a result of relationship difficulties during childhood and as an adult.
Hello, my name is Helen.
With nine years clinical experience counselling adults, teenagers and children (5+), I offer a confidential space in which to build a healing therapeutic relationship centred on warmth, honesty and respect.
* A space for you to talk and reflect - where your voice can be truly heard *
Counselling has the potential to alleviate personal distress, improve emotional health and wellbeing, and facilitate growth and change in many aspects of your life.
Choosing the right counsellor for yourself or your child is important.
Research shows that the 'therapeutic relationship' between client and counsellor is crucial to successful counselling.
So... you may need to meet with a few counsellors to find the right one - of course, one who has the right skills and experience, but above all a counsellor who will 'get' you or your child; one who will listen with compassion and without judgement.
COUNSELLING WITH ME
FOR ADULTS & YOUNG PEOPLE:
My priority is to tailor the counselling process to you; to understand you as an individual with your unique experiences and relationships, with all the complexity, responsibilities and worries that you may be dealing with.
My aim is to enable you to explore, make sense of and reflect on your feelings, thoughts, relationships, behaviours and experiences at your own pace, without feeling judged.
My hope is that you gain a better understanding of your self, your experiences and your feelings. This process has the potential to lead to change and growth in you, your relationships and in other aspects of your life.
I have worked with adults and young people of all ages:
* anxiety * low mood * feeling sad * depression * bereavement * loss * termination of pregnancy * estrangement * divorce & separation * relationship breakdown * betrayal * childhood * sexual violence * relationships * disability and illness * mental illness within the family * alcoholism within the family * suicidal thoughts * difficulties at work, school, college or university * emotional, physical and sexual abuse * anger * stress * low self confidence * self harm *
Clients have told me that through therapy with me they have noticed change in themselves and in their lives including:
* increased confidence * less anxiety * improved mood * calmer feelings * more control over their anger * greater understanding and acceptance of the past * improved relationships * a better sense of who they are * renewed hope and trust in the future * life feels on track * stronger and happier in themselves * greater sense of calm * able to move forward positively * feel happier * enhanced self-awareness * improved parenting * experienced therapy as a life-changing process * feel optimistic * able to enjoy the 'here and now' *
PLAY & CREATIVE ARTS THERAPY FOR CHILDREN:
Children communicate through play and creative arts. Play provides the 'language' and toys provide the 'words', enabling children to make sense about things that are troubling them. In their sessions children lead their play within a safe and therapeutic setting. Through non-directive therapeutic play children are free to express their emotions and thoughts at their developmental level and their pace.
I use toys based on families, real life and nurturing, creative activities and books relevant to their experiences and developmental age to nurture children's emotional expression.
Children often can't find the right words to express how they feel so their emotions are communicated through their behaviours and may lead to sleep difficulties, tummy aches, headaches, loss of appetite, and for some, their carefree nature appears to have diminished.
I have supported children through therapeutic play and creative art therapy with life changes and concerns, including:
* bereavement * separation * divorce * difficulties at school * anger * worries * foster care * low self esteem * mental illness within the family * domestic violence * alcoholism within the family * abuse * sadness * anxiety * child protection or child in need plans * change in living arrangements following care proceedings *
I have specialist experience supporting children and young people, and their families, who are affected by loss through terminal illness, death or the divorce or separation of someone close.
I am experienced in working with children who are unable to live with one or both of their birth parents following care proceedings; children who may have experienced domestic violence, abuse, neglect and the difficulties associated with parents' mental health and substance use.
This is another way to explore feelings and thoughts and can be helpful if the right words are difficult to find, as well as enhancing the talking process. Creative therapies can be particularly beneficial when working through childhood issues.
I provide art materials, symbolic objects, and offer sand-tray and clay therapy to facilitate your feelings and emotions, as well as lessening stress in the body. Expertise in art is not required - it is the process, rather than the end result that is important. Although often suited to children and young people, this approach can provide much insight for adults. There is no pressure to work creatively - it's completely up to you.
1. Confidential phone call or email
To help you find out whether I am the right counsellor for you, or your child, I am more than happy to talk on the phone or via email in the first instance to answer any questions, discuss your needs and together work out the right way forward.
2. Initial Meeting:
We can arrange to meet online or have a chat on the 'phone, either for a 30 minute introductory session or for a longer session.
For young people an hour initial session provides time to meet with you and your child, as well as enabling time for your child to have some time on their own. For younger children I always meet with the parent/carer first.
The purpose of the assessment session is for you to find out more about counselling with me, how we might work together and for me to fully understand what is bringing you or your child to therapy. It's also an opportunity to talk about your hopes and expectations of therapy, as well as any worries about counselling.
There is no obligation to arrange further sessions after our first meeting.
3. Ongoing Counselling Sessions:
Sessions are held weekly. Option to reduce to fortnightly as therapy progresses.
We can work together for a set number of sessions, or have a more open-ended approach. We will regularly review how things are going, with the aim that the ending will be planned and prepared for. For younger children, separate reviews will be held with parents; for young people reviews will be held with both parent and child.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualified Counsellor since January 2013 and Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) since August 2015.
I also work as a primary school counsellor in a local school and am a freelance trainer of counsellors.
- Private Practice (2016 onwards)
- Primary Schools (2016 onwards)
- Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark (2015 - 2017)
- CASY (counselling charity for 6-25 year olds: 2013 - 2019)
- University Counselling Services (staff & students: 2012 - 2016)
- Secondary Schools (2013 - 2015)
- Cruse Bereavement Care (2011 - 2014)
- ISAS (Incest & Sexual Abuse Survivors 2011 - 2014)
- Diploma - Counselling Children and Young People (completion March 2020)
- Certificate - Counselling Children and Young People
- Diploma - Theory & Practice of Counselling
- Cruse Bereavement Care Accredited Course - Awareness in Bereavement
- Masters Degree - Human Resource Management
- Degree - Psychology - 1st class hons.
- Registered General Nurse
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss, Grief and Transitions:
I work with adults, young people and children who are experiencing loss, grief and transitions and with those whose past losses endure:
* Bereavement * Sudden & traumatic bereavement (for example, through suicide, accident) * Anticipatory grief (grief as a result of a life limiting or terminal illness) * Termination of Pregnancy * Miscarriage * Stillbirth * Relationship breakdown * Betrayal * Separation * Divorce * Estrangement * Family change * Empty nest syndrome * Terminal and chronic illness * Redundancy * Dismissal from work * Retirement * Relocation * Loss of childhood (perhaps as a result of abuse) * Loss of supportive relationships in childhood * Loss of safety
With my nursing background (including palliative care in a hospice), I am able to work with individuals, or their carers, with health-related issues:
* Medical diagnosis * Cancer * Chronic / long-term illness * Life limiting illness * Terminal illness * Disability
I have experience of supporting individuals with Type I Diabetes and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome.
'Looked After' Children & Young People:
I have experience counselling children and young people in care or living with special guardians.
Free 20 minute telephone consultation
£25 - optional introductory session prior to counselling (30 minutes)
£45 - assessment session (up to 60 minutes)
£45 - per counselling session / parent support session (up to 60 minutes)
Organisational referrals - from £50 per session
Children: 45 - 50 minutes
Teenagers: 50 - 60 minutes
Adult: 60 minutes
Session length can be individualised, depending on client need and preference. Some adult clients may find a longer session more helpful, whilst younger children may find 30 minutes is long enough. Fees will be adjusted accordingly.
Please call, text or email for a confidential chat or to arrange an introductory meeting or initial assessment. If I'm not available, leave me a message and I will get back to you promptly.
Location: Currently working online and by telephone.
- Situated in Grantham, on Dysart Road, opposite Oceans Health & Fitness Club
- Ground floor private office with disabled access
- Free car parking
- 10 minutes walk from town centre and railway station
- On bus route
- An Enhanced DBS check (registered with the Disclosure & Barring Service)
- Undertaken Safeguarding training
- Current public liability and professional indemnity insurance
- Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection)
- Monthly clinical supervision (BACP Accreditation requirement)