Hi! My name is Helen Martin-Smith. I am a fully qualified counsellor working with people aged 16 to those in later life.
I offer one-to-one counselling in Midsomer Norton and Bristol. I am also able to offer counselling via Skype if it is difficult for you to leave the home or travel.
Sessions last for one hour and the amount you have is open ended. This gives you the freedom to explore your issues at a pace that feels comfortable for you. I would usually recommend you have six sessions to begin with which can be reviewed as we go along.
I offer a confidential, warm and welcoming space, where you can talk freely about your issues without judgement or criticism.
Through building a trusting relationship we will work together with the issues you bring and find understanding of the thoughts, feelings and behaviours that you are experiencing.
I feel it is important to work with a persons individuality, after all, we are all different and experiences things in different ways. Being an integrative counsellor means I can pull from different theoretical approaches in order to work in a way that will suit your needs.
Counselling will give you the opportunity to pause, breathe, reflect, and be heard. A rare opportunity in todays hectic and chaotic world, but one which can bring about greater understanding and self-awareness, fresh perspective, and a stronger sense of self.
I am a registered member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and work within the BACP Ethical Framework.
Training, qualifications & experience
FdSc in counselling from the University of Gloucestershire.
I have broad experience of working with issues such as:
- Low mood
- Relationship issues
- Pregnancy problems
- Life changes
- Sexual identity
- Low confidence/self esteem
- Being a carer
- Work issues
- Self harm
- Emotional detachment
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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An initial consultation costs £25. This session lasts one hour and gives you the opportunity to meet me and see how you feel in my company and in the counselling setting. You will be able to talk about why you have come to counselling, and what you hope to gain from the sessions.
Subsequent 1 hour sessions are £45.
Concessionary spaces are available. Please enquire about this and we can discuss the option.
My sessions are held in discreet locations in Midsomer Norton and Bristol ensuring your confidentiality and privacy.
If you would like to book an appointment or require further information, please get in touch via phone or email and I will respond as soon as possible to arrange an initial appointment. Feel free to leave an answerphone message and I will get back to you as soon as I can.
The initial appointment is an opportunity for us to assess whether working together feels right, and whether the therapy would suit you.
Please feel very welcome to contact me, in confidence, with any queries.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Tuesdays - 9am-4pm, Wednesdays - 9am-6pm, Thursday - 9am - 8pm.
Types of client