Counsellor MBACP (Accred)
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Hello I’m Helen, a therapist with experience in both the NHS and private practice. My aim is to help my clients make positive changes to the way they currently feel or behave.
Whatever you are experiencing, there's no need to go through it alone, I can help you if you’re struggling with something difficult in your life by providing:
- A space to talk through troubling issues
- Help recognising how your past experiences impact your life today which may be resulting in feelings of emptiness, lack of meaning, relationship issues, anxiety or depression
- A place of safety in which to explore and process traumatic events
- Guidance on personal development, helping to build self-awareness and enable more choice
It may be that you are unable to change the situation you are in, but I whole-heartedly believe there is hope. Experience tells me that therapy can help you to change the way you feel about it, leading to a more self-accepting and meaningful way of living.
I am a BACP Accredited counsellor and psychotherapist committed to providing you with a confidential and supportive space; a place where you can explore the issues behind unwanted feelings or unhelpful behaviours. My role is to actively help you draw on your inner resources so that you can find a way through your problems with the aim of living your life more fully. Sometimes just having the space to talk and to really be heard and understood will be enough to help lead you towards clarity, other times we might need to delve a little deeper.
My intent always is to build a strong therapeutic relationship based on trust, warmth and acceptance. My theoretical approach is integrative and I draw from different psychological theories dependent upon the needs of my client - one size does not fit all.
I have experience helping people with different issues including:
Bereavement and loss
Redundancy and work-related issues
Issues from Childhood
Major life changes
Unhelpful behavioural patterns
I often receive comments from clients that they find me approachable and easy to talk to. They don't feel judged or criticised and report relief that they are able to explore their true and honest thoughts and feelings.
I believe passionately that the quality of the therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist has a bearing on the work you do together, which is why it is important you find a therapist you feel comfortable with.
How long will you need to come for
We can work together on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period. The number of sessions is dependent upon your needs and always remains your decision. Appointments are on a weekly basis, usually at the same time and on the same day each week, however there is some flexibility to accomodate changing work patterns.
Our first session
We meet either at my practice in Leatherhead, or online where we can talk about what you want help with. I will answer any questions you may have about the counselling process and our work together. During this first session you will be able to get a sense of whether we are a good fit for each other and decide if you would like to continue from there.
Where and when I work
My practice is in Leatherhead and has secure free parking. I can offer appointments or online from 8.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. Monday to Friday, and 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. on Saturday. Some online evening appointments available - please ask.
Training, qualifications & experience
- BA (Honours) First Class Degree in Counselling (Greenwich University)
- FdSc Integrative Counselling (Greenwich University)
- BACP Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist
- Certificate in Working with Trauma
- Current DBS certificate (Dislcosure and Barring Service)
I currently work in private practice and have clinical experience working for the NHS and also in a hospice setting.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
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
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session
When I work
Appointments offered from 8.30 a.m to 3:30 p.m Monday to Friday and on Saturdays between 10.00 a.m and 1 p.m. Some evening appointments may be available (online only) - please ask.
I will provide a caring, safe and confidential space in which you can explore your thoughts and feelings without judgement, and at your own pace.
If would like to make an appointment or ask a question then please feel free to either call, text or emaiI me. I look forward to hearing from you.