Helen Leach, Dip. Couns. MBACP (Accred)
I was trained as an integrative therapist, which has enabled me to explore several different approaches to therapy. During my time in practice, I have become aware that no single approach works for everyone. I, therefore, work alongside my clients in finding the best approach for them.
We all experience different kinds of challenges in life, and what may be difficult for one person, may not be to another. We must all learn not to judge our experiences by those of others. If you are struggling to manage emotions and thoughts, this is when therapy can help.
As an integrative therapist, I will work with you to explore the most effective way for you to engage in therapy. Through gaining a new understanding of life's issues, this will lead to an increased sense of confidence, a greater sense of control in life, a restored sense of identity, and consequently a fuller, happier life.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People
- Postgraduate Certificate in Advocacy for Victims of Sexual Violence (University of Worcester)
- Level 3 Certificate for Professionals Working in the Sexual Violence Sector
- Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Central Lancashire)
Continuing Professional Development:
- Trauma Focused CBT for Children and Young People (Anna Freud Centre)
- Youth Mental Health First Aider (MHFA England)
- Working Together to Safeguard Children
- Safeguarding Adults
- Mindfulness in Relation to Person Centred Practice
I have experience of working with a range of issues, however the majority of my work is focused around anxiety related issues, including trauma related anxiety issues. Alongside my private practice with children and adults, I have worked for a charity since 2011 that supports survivors of sexual abuse, and since 2014 I have managed and delivered the children's counselling service within the organisation.
In 2016 I was awarded the The Vicky Bardsley Prize: Oustanding Achievement by an Independent Sexual Violence Advocate (ISVA) Supporting Children & Young People by Lime Culture for my work with children and young people.
Registered / Accredited
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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
60 minute session: £45.
I am based in the Ashton and Makerfield Area, and offer a free telephone consultation. This is so we can discuss if I am the right therapist for you, and to see if I can offer you what you need. If you would like more information please email me. I aim to respond to emails within 24 hours, with the exception of weekends; in this instance I will aim to respond within 48 hours.