The Acorn Wellbeing Centre is tucked away behind the high streets hustle and bustle.
The centre offers a Counselling service alongside the Complementary Therapy service.
We are a team of highly trained counsellors who work in number of specialist areas.
We work with bereavement, addictions, relationship issues, anxiety, depression and lots more issues.
We run support groups and offer short and long term therapy including CBT.
Training, qualifications & experience
All our counsellors are self employed and hold the relevant qualifications and are listed on this directory separately.
Helen Lehrle is the founder and owner of the centre - a note about Helen:
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (Adv.Dip.Psych.Couns) MBACP (member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) I am also qualified in CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy)
In my work I see individuals and couples I also run support groups. I hold peer supervision groups for counsellors and complementary therapists.
I am very creative in my work and use lots of different models in therapy so I can adapt how I work with you. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is key to a good therapeutic relationship. I believe the relationship is built from trust and if we are to succeed in the sessions we need to be open and honest and work in a collaborative way.
My rooms are designed to make you feel at ease so this can give you a feeling of trust, safety and security. I do my very best to put you at ease when we work
I offer a safe and confidential environment for you to look at your feelings, to be non-judgemental so you can explore what is going on for you or if you come as a couple we can look at the relationship as a focus.
On our fist appointment I will carry out an assessment to see if I am the right therapist to work with you, and that I have the right training to be able to assist you, fortunately as the team are trained to deal with many issues I can sign post you to the right therapist.
I trained at Aylesbury College and hold a level 5 qualification in Psychotherapeutic Counselling; I bring in lots of tools to help us resolve some of the issues you may be facing. I aim to help you find the real you through understanding theories from theorists we have more understanding about our behaviours, feelings and our past history. With an Integrative approach in my work this then allows me to work flexibly and creatively with my clients. I bring in the Person Centered, CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic models to my work and I also can use Mindfulness and Meditation approaches when needed.
I currently volunteer at The hospice of St Francis where I have a lot of experience in bereavement and loss. I am part of the supportive care team there one afternoon a week.
I also have worked in addiction rehab centres in many different settings, volunteering counselling to those most vulnerable. Now in my private practice I can combine my skills to offer counselling and complementary therapies. I believe that the connection with dis-ease (disease) and our mental wellbeing goes hand in hand, in looking after the mind, the body and spirit we can live a happier healthier life.
I am passionate about continued learning so I am either teaching, running a group or on my own self-development training.
Currently fees are £45.00 for one to one counselling and £60.00 for couples. Evenings are very popular so clients can get child care or for those who work. We do have spaces for low costs sessions on Mondays up until 3pm and these are available by request.
Please note a cancellation fee applies if 24 hours notice is not given for missed appointments.
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).
This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
We work with dissociation disorder and our continued training with PODS helps us understand what you are experiencing.
We have a counsellor that specialises in addiction and relapse prevention. We have counsellors that work within a hospice setting too so we are very knowledgeable with anyone who is or supporting someone with a terminal illness.
We work with relationships, same sex marriages and also have a therapist that works with sexual issues.
We have counsellors that see children and young people, also we run many support groups and workshops.
Our fees range from £40 and above although we do offer concessions to those on low incomes. These sessions are only offered on certain days.
Two of the counsellors are able to offer students discount for either trainee counsellors or college students, please speak with us to enquire about these prices.
We can offer low cost counselling too for people on low incomes.
If you have searched for counselling then maybe it’s because you need some support in areas of your life, are you struggling with a relationship? Possibly recently bereaved? Have you experienced an addiction and need help with relapse prevention?
Would a support group or one to one counselling help you right now? Or a possibly you may be looking for a family or friend your worried about?
We work in a safe confidential space where we work with you without being judgemental and in a collaborative way.
We have clinical supervisors and we hold regular peer supervision. Group supervision is also available.
Our Team are all listed individually on the directory: