Helen Mitchell PGDip, MBACP
In the busy pace of today's world, it can be difficult to find the time to sit with our thoughts and feelings. It can also be challenging to lay them out before someone else or to speak from the heart without fear of judgement. As a Person-Centred Counsellor, I offer to sit alongside you with an open, enquiring mind and an intent to understand just how life is for you. I endeavour to offer you a place of safety, openness and warmth in which you will have the opportunity and space to explore whatever conflict or distress that has led you to seek out counselling at this time in your life. I am trustworthy, ethical and curious, and I hold a firm belief that given the right environment, every individual will have the chance to heal, flourish and grow. I hold the hope that by enabling you to hear your own internal voice that it might help you to determine the path ahead.
Training, qualifications & experience
COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.
Postgraduate Diploma (with distinction) in Psychological Wellbeing, Counselling and Psychotherapy.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP, and as such, I am bound by their Ethical Framework. I am currently working towards accreditation, and I am committed to continuous professional development.
I am fully insured with the Psychologists Protection Society, and I receive regular supervision.
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
Fees are £45 for a 50 minute session.
My interest in counselling began when I was at a point of change in my own life – I was looking to expand and develop and to understand more about my own needs, strengths and skills. It highlighted to me that personal growth can be both distressing and exciting, and that the quality and level of support that we have around us can be critical in terms of how we might respond. Now as a qualified counsellor, in addition to counselling adults, I also work in an agency with young adults (18-25 years old). I notice just how much change and uncertainty occurs at this stage of life and I see the value that comes in understanding and supporting this.
Alongside my four years of experience in an established Edinburgh counselling agency working with adult clients, I have also spent two years working in an agency counselling survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse, and have participated in multiple trainings focused on understanding and working with trauma.