Helen Madden, Registered MBACP

Helen Madden, Registered MBACP

Whaley Bridge

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About me

I offer counselling in a traditional setting with adults and children and 'Walk and Talk' therapy in the High Peak and Cheshire countryside.

I offer a warm, confidential, safe space in which you are free to explore your thoughts and feelings.
Being able to talk in confidence to someone who will not judge you and who will help you to find your way forward can enable you to unravel emotions that may have become overwhelming.

Counselling is designed to support people who want to make changes in their lives. People access counselling for a wide range of reasons. My aim is to support you in understanding and resolving those past or present difficulties where they are impacting negatively on your day to day living. Counselling offers a physical and psychological space to reflect on circumstances and develop the ability to move on by making more effective choices.

I am an integrative counsellor but use a person centred approach which means establishing a relationship with you, my client, building trust, and supporting you in your journey to finding your own solutions that you can take away with you.

Our first session together is offered at a reduced rate. This session gives us an opportunity to explore how we might work together and whether I am the right counsellor for you.

I am a Member of BACP and work to their ethics, meaning that my practise is responsible and accountable.

I work from Riverside Wellbeing, a therapeutic collective in Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire. There is free parking nearby and the office is 5 minutes walk from Whaley Bridge train station. The office is accessible for those with limited mobility.

Walk and Talk - Counselling sessions in High Peak, Derbyshire and Cheshire

Some people find the thought of face to face counselling indoors, in a relatively confined space, a daunting or overwhelming prospect.  Others may have tried counselling in conventional environments but found it uncomfortable or wished for a less intensive approach. If this resonates with you then Walk and Talk sessions may be a helpful alternative.

The natural environment can provide a space to allow you to think more freely, to engage your senses and to explore your feelings. Many people find that the tranquility of the countryside can induce a meditative/reflective mood which supports emotional awareness. Exercise can also help people become "unstuck" when confronting difficult issues and it can spur creative, deeper ways of thinking.

I offer a choice of easy, moderate or more strenuous walks.  The easy and moderate walks are on flat or undulating terrain. All walks offer a mix of public footpaths, bridleways, open countryside and quiet country lanes as well as walks suitable for times when the weather conditions are less favourable. You will not need to be 'super fit' or even very outdoors orientated to benefit from this setting for your counselling.

Sessions will run in most weather conditions but if too severe the session will take place indoors in Whaley Bridge, SK23.

Our initial consultation together will take place in a counselling room so we can discuss the differences of working outdoors, considering together things like where we meet, how we manage the time, the weather and the pace etc.

Walk and Talk sessions take place in High Peak and Cheshire.

Counselling with Children

I can offer a calm, safe environment. Through talking, creative work and play I aim to provide children with the opportunity to be heard and to express their feelings.
Most importantly a therapeutic relationship is built up and I build this by engaging with children through the medium of play.
My aim is to establish a strong relationship with the child so that they feel secure enough to share worries and concerns when they are ready to do so.
Once trust is established I would seek to build the emotional resilience of the child.

Fundamentally, in my work with children, my therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory which emphasises the crucial developmental significance of the relationships and experiences of early childhood.

Training, qualifications & experience

I qualified with a Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling and since qualification have been working in three areas;

As school counsellor in two local primary schools

for the charity Age UK working with clients in their 50s and over

in my own private practice.

I receive professional supervision and attend training courses to enhance and support my practice.

I am a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Counselling and Psycotherapy Outdoors (CAPO).

Training courses:

Safeguarding in work with Children (Place2Be) September 2013

Working with Children's Difference and Diversity (Place2Be) October 2013

Helping children tell their stories (Place2Be) November 2013

Working with Children using Metaphor (Place2Be) January 2014

Children's Emotional Wellbeing (Place2Be) March 2014

Mindfulness Practice and Research Symposium Salford University July 2016

The ageing process. An exploration of the Ageing Self Manchester Gestalt Centre October 2016

Working with addiction: underlying causes BACP January 2017

Working with bereaved clients BACP March 2017

Working with female prisoners (Women MATTA) March 2017

MSBR Course Mindfulness for Living Jan-March 2017

Working with sex and pornography addiction BACP March 2017

Working with identity and self esteem in young people with eating disorders BACP April 2017

Working with young people who self harm - BACP May 2017

Working with Body Dysmorphic Disorder - Counselling NW September 2017 Awareness of Domestic Violence and Abuse Manchester Safeguarding Boards October 2017

Suicide Awareness and Prevention - NHS November 2017

A Disorder for Everyone: Exploring the culture of psychiatric diagnosis, creating change. December 2017

Loss: What does life mean for me now? BACP October 2018

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


My fees are £40 per hour.

A first appointment is offered at a reduced rate and is an opportunity for us to explore, with no obligation, how it would be to work together.

Walk and Talk sessions are £35 per hour.

I can offer a concessionary rate for counselling students in training and for those in receipt of benefits.

Further information

I am fully insured and have been checked and cleared by the Disclosure and Barring Service ( DBS )

Maps & Directions

Whaley Bridge, SK23

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Yes


Day time appointments, some evenings available by arrangement.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults