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Helen Long - Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor MBACP

Winchester, Hampshire, SO22 6EX
07840553088 07840553088

About me

Do you feel anxious, edgy or nervous? Have you ever felt that you are unable to cope when things go wrong? Perhaps you feel low and depressed? Have your thoughts or feelings distressed you? Maybe you feel unhappy, alone or feel that you have no one to turn to? Have you avoided events, people or situations because you are frightened? Are you a person who struggles with relationships? If the answer is yes to any of those questions then you are not alone and I can help you.

I am a fully qualified counsellor in Humanistic Gestalt Counselling. I have worked as a counsellor for a local counselling service and also at a local college for several years. I have had extensive experience working with complex young people in other settings over the last six years.

My style of working involves empathy, building rapport and listening without judgement - I am committed to providing good quality counselling. My practice is humanistic with a creative approach, treating every client as an individual, working flexibly to support their needs. I consider myself a warm and positive person who is passionate about emotional health and well-being particularly for adolescents. I enjoy working with all age groups.

I am a member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) and I work within the principles of their Ethical Framework.

I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. I am experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with :

Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Attachment Issues
Autism
Body dysmorphia
Bullying
Depression
Eating disorders
Exam stress
Generalised Anxiety Disorder
Grief, bereavement
Loneliness
Loss
Low self-esteem
Panic Attacks, Phobias
Parents of children with SEN
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Relationships, Family Issues
Refugees/Asylum seekers
Self-harm
Sexual abuse and exploitation
Sexual identity
Social anxiety
Stress
Trafficking

I run a small private practice based in Winchester within easy reach of transport links. The No.3 and No.7 bus stops are only a few minutes walk. Parking is also available with access for wheelchair users. My therapy room is a safe and tranquil cabin setting within my garden.

Whatever your reasons for seeking counselling I appreciate it can be one of the hardest decisions you will make. The thought of being open or sharing painful feelings alone can add to the fear of seeking out a counsellor. However, it is a really positive step and many people feel better after the first session.

By providing you with a safe, confidential space to talk and feel truly listened to, I will help you to explore your concerns and help you to feel more empowered in your responses to them. For some clients, it is a genuine understanding of another person that leads to positive changes in therapy. For others, it is the actions or adjustments that come from gaining awareness and acceptance of your unique way of making sense of the world.

Gestalt counselling is considered humanistic, existential psychotherapy and emphasises the present moment, the ‘here and now’. The practice uses cognitive insight into current experiences, encouraging a client to explore creatively, areas of life that have been obstructed.

Sessions are tailored to each individual depending on their age, style of engagement and presenting issues. Counselling can be transformative!

After you have made contact with me via email, text or messenger, I will contact you for an informal chat to establish what you are looking for in terms of counselling.

Training, qualifications & experience

Relevant Qualifications:

  • Diploma Humanistic Gestalt Counselling (Level 4 & 5)
  • Counselling Skills (Level 3)
  • Effective Listening (Level 2)
  • BSc Sociology, Social Policy & Social Administration (Honours degree)

Relevant Training:

  • Adolescent Development
  • Adolescent Mental Health
  • Awareness of Forced Marriage
  • CBT
  • Child Protection
  • Emotional and Behavioural Eating
  • Engaging Therapeutically with Young People
  • Nurturing Attachments
  • Professional Boundaries & Guidelines
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Rape and Sexual Abuse
  • Safe-Guarding
  • Substance Misuse
  • The Teenage Brain
  • Working Professionally with Young People
  • Working with Young Refugees.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Solution focused brief therapy

Fees

Counselling costs £50 per session (50 minutes)

Further information

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy. I hold full professional indemnity insurance and a current DBS.

Helen Long Counselling is registered with Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) and protects client data inline with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). For more information and to read my privacy policy please visit my website www.helenlongcounselling.com

15 Devenish Road
Weeke
Winchester
Hampshire
SO22 6EX

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

I work from a cabin in my garden accessed through a side gate. Parking is available on the road or drive by prior arrangement.

Availability

Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays.

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Helen Long - Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor MBACP

Helen Long - Humanistic Gestalt Counsellor MBACP