About me

I am a qualified counsellor with over 20 years of experience, offering short term and longer term counselling to individuals and couples. My private practice is called 'Choices Counselling' and is based in the centre of Nailsworth. This provides a safe and confidential environment, to enable you to work through any difficulties you may be experiencing and help you to discover and build upon your own inner resources to find a way through.

It is my belief that we each have an intuitive ability to heal ourselves, that we know what it is we need to be happy and with the right help are able to achieve this. In my work with you I would provide you with the opportunity to explore the problems that may be preventing you from living a happier life and together we could discover new ways of being that could help you to make more satisfying life choices and fulfilling relationships.

My Approach

My approach is aimed at helping you to achieve a deeper understanding of yourself and your motivations, whilst also enabling you to build on your confidence and self-acceptance to allow you to move forward and make good choices and decisions for your self. In our work together we may also discover other ways of viewing a situation which may help to alleviate the distress and anxiety you may have been experiencing and give you the strength to deal with it in a more rewarding way.

As an integrative counsellor I will work with you by drawing on a variety of counselling approaches. Each individual that comes to me is unique and so I would adapt my counselling approach to suit your personal concerns and desired outcomes.

Whatever you're looking for we will work together, at your pace, to explore and understand what it is you are experiencing and to identify the choices you have to improve your wellbeing.

Training, qualifications & experience

BA hons Sociology with professional studies (University of East London)
Post graduate Diploma in Counselling (Bristol University)
Member of the British Association for Counsellors and psychotherapists (MBACP)

I have also undertaken ongoing professional development training in Gestalt Therapy (Bath) and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (Bristol).

I have worked as a paid counsellor for The Nelson Trust which offers treatment and support for people with addiction problems.

Prior to this I was employed by Victim Support Bristol where I worked with a variety of issues with people who needed support after experiencing a crime. This ranged from burglary and assault to domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse.

I have trained and worked as a volunteer counsellor with Child-Line (London), The Women's Alcohol centre (London) and Avon Counselling on Alcohol and drugs (ACAD Bristol).

Member organisations


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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.


Additional information

A 50 minute session is charged at:

£50 for individuals

£60 for couples

Initial free telephone consultation (up to 30 mins)

On occasion I have some limited reserved sessions, in the daytime, at a concessionary rate for those who have limited income. If money is difficult please ask if concessionary rates are available.

Further information

I am a member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). This means I am appropriately trained and qualified and follow an ethical code. I am also professionally insured.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Helen Robinson

Helen Robinson