Helen Parsons

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Dip. Therapeutic Counselling Registered MBACP
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Aberdare, CF44
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About me

Hi, I'm Helen an experienced person-centred counsellor specialising in working with clients' who have experienced trauma.  The impact of trauma can be debilitating and all consuming, with many clients' presenting with a vast array of symptoms like flash backs, panic attacks, dissociation, nightmares and mental health conditions like PTSD, personality disorders, OCD, depression and anxiety. 

Sadly, 1 in 4 of us will experience poor mental health in our lifetime.  However, the future of counselling is looking bright, with more and more people seeking counselling.  Therapy can empower you to take control of your own mental health needs so that they no longer control you.

I can offer a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space for you to explore any issue that may be worrying you, from difficulties in your relationship, career, bereavement, confidence, poor sleep, self-harm, suicidal thoughts or even trauma through sexual violence.  My kind, gentle and empathetic nature will help support you every step of the way as you navigate your way through the counselling journey, be that short or long term, depending on your personal requirements and circumstances. 

Client testimonial

"I had counselling with Helen and she was remarkable.  Through Helen`s professionalism I am now much stronger and self-aware.  I disclosed things to her that I have never told anyone, and I am stronger and able to live a happy life.  Helen made me aware of self-care, trauma stabilization, which really made me think about why and how I would react in certain situations.  I never thought counselling would work for me but through Helen`s perseverance and patience I cannot put into words the life changing difference it has made to me.  Thank you Helen."

I am fully insured and am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (MBACP Registration no: 392266), consistently working to their ethical guidelines to help keep you safe.  In particular, with trauma it is important that we work with a phased-approach in mind, looking at grounding techniques and stabilisation before any kind of trauma processing takes place.  Clients` often say that this takes the pressure off having to disclose their personal history too soon.  I will be guided by you, with gentle challenge and exploration from me. 

So if you feel ready to take the next step towards your own healing, exploring your inner-self and achieving personal growth, please get in touch via email, text or call.  I promise you it might be the best thing you ever do.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • CPCAB Level 5 Diploma in Counselling for Trauma
  • CPCAB Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • CPCAB Level 3 Certificate in Counselling Studies
  • CPCAB Level 2 Certificate in Counselling Skills

Sessional Counsellor with New Pathways from October 2021 to present.  Largest sexual violence support provider in Wales, supporting adults and children affected by the trauma of rape, sexual assault or sexual abuse. 

Sessional Counsellor with 2wish.  October 2021 to present.  Support for those affected by sudden death in young people.

Volunteer Counsellor with New Pathways from July 2020 to September 2021.

  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling
  • ASIST - Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training
  • Suicide Awareness and Self-Harm
  • Sure for Mental Health - Trauma Informed Practice
  • Agored Cymru - Working in Sexual Violence Settings
  • Working with Relational Trauma: Dealing with Disorganised Attachment
  • Bereavement Awareness
  • Personalizing Psychotherapy
  • Existential Perspectives
  • Working with Males

Member organisations

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Areas of counselling I deal with

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Experience of working with males who have been affected by sexual abuse.


£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Individual Adults over 18 years £50 per 1 hour session.

Concessions available for all students, including those undertaking counselling as a requirement of their course.  £40 per 1 hour session.   

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Face to face appointments available on a Thursday and Friday (morning and afternoon).  Last appointment time on these days will be 4pm.

Last online appointment time on Mon-Wed 6pm.

Further information

Choosing the right therapist for you is so important so I offer a no obligation ten minutes consultation, either via Zoom or by telephone.  

Face to face appointments available on a Thursday and Friday in the Aberdare or Merthyr Tydfil area. All other days will be online via Zoom or Teams or by telephone to accommodate those who do not wish to travel and prefer convenience. 

Please also be aware that cancellation fees outside of the required 24 hours notice apply. 

Payment via bank transfer the evening before is preferred.  Thank you.  

Aberdare, CF44

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Helen Parsons
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