Helen Leach - Counselling for Adults, Teenagers & Children (BACP Accredited)
4 Hearts and Minds
Hello, my name is Helen.
With over seven years' experience counselling adults, teenagers and children (5 years+), I offer a safe and confidential space in which to build a healing therapeutic relationship centred on warmth, honesty and respect.
* A space where you decide what you talk about and where your voice can be truly heard *
I am passionate about counselling and its potential to alleviate personal distress, improve emotional wellbeing and facilitate resilience, growth and change.
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 and your unique view of the world that you live in, 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 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 *
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.
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 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 *
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 Assessment:
If after speaking with me you feel I could be the right counsellor, we can arrange to meet, either for a 30 minute introductory session or for a longer initial assessment session. For younger children I find it's helpful to meet with the parent/carer first to understand concerns and expectations.
The purpose of the initial assessment 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.
If at this meeting, you decide that you would like to have counselling with me, I will take you through an assessment which gives me a greater understanding of your emotional health and wellbeing, enabling me to tailor your therapy to your needs. We will also go through and sign our counselling agreement.
There is no obligation to arrange further sessions after our initial meeting / assessment.
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.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Accredited and Registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy
- Private Practice (2016 onwards)
- Primary Schools (2016 onwards)
- Children's Bereavement Centre, Newark (2015 - 2017)
- CASY (counselling charity for 6-25 year olds: 2013 onwards)
- University Counselling Services (staff & students: 2012 - 2016)
- Secondary Schools (2013 - 2015)
- Cruse Bereavement Care (2011 - 2014)
- ISAS (Incest & Sexual Abuse Survivors 2011 - 2014)
I also work as a primary school counsellor in a local school and am leading a project for a local charity, training counsellors to work with primary school children.
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.
- Certificate - Counselling Children and Young People
- Diploma - Theory & Practice of Counselling
- Cruse Bereavement Care Accredited Course - Awareness in Bereavement
- Certificate - Counselling Skills
- Certificate - Counselling Concepts
- Masters Degree - Human Resource Management
- Degree - Psychology - 1st class hons.
- Registered General Nurse
As an Accredited Member of the BACP I am required to maintain and improve my knowledge, skills and competency through undertaking a minimum of 30 hours of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) annually. Below is a selection of the courses I have attended:
- Working with suicidal clients
- Working therapeutically with rape and sexual abuse (Diploma course)
- Working safely with trauma (Babette Rothschild)
- Working creatively with trauma (Christiane Sanderson)
- TA 101 (Transactional Analysis)
- Traumatic and sudden bereavement
- Working with Anger
- Loss and Bereavement for children and young people
- Play therapy
- Sand tray therapy
- Inner child therapy
- Anxiety and depression in teenagers
- Counselling clients on the autistic spectrum
- Creative techniques in counselling
- Person-centred art therapy
- Literature and mental health
- Solution-focused therapy
- Eating disorders including 'emotional overeating'
- Working with men
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Childhood bereavement
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Depression and anxiety in children
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
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 in their lives:
* 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 (often as a result of abuse) *
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.
£20 - optional introductory meeting (30 minutes)
£60 - initial assessment (1.5 hours)
£40 - per counselling session
£45 - £60 - per session for organisational & company referrals
Adults: one hour
Teenagers: 50-60 minutes
Children 45 - 50 minutes
Session length can be individualised, depending on client need and preference. Some adult clients may find a longer session more helpful (1.5 hours), whilst younger children may find 30 minutes is long enough. Session 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.
- 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 mandatory bi-annual Safeguarding training (August 2017)
- Current public liability and professional indemnity insurance
- Registered with the Information Commissioner's Office (Data Protection)
- Monthly clinical supervision (BACP Accreditation requirement)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Outdoor stair lift to access reception via steps. Ground floor office. Once in reception, no further steps.
I work Monday - Thursday in private practice. I have no immediate availability for new clients, but hold a small waiting list. Please get in touch for further details.
Types of client