Helen Sargent MBACP Accredited
I am a fully trained BACP Accredited counsellor working in Worcester. My approach is based in the belief that:
- we all have the potential for growth and change, even when things seem hopeless.
- our natural urge is to thrive, even when we seem to be trapped in cycles, lost in chaos, or feel low in motivation.
- by having a caring and honest relationship where we can talk through what we are experiencing, we can increasingly choose how we respond to the issues that arise in our lives.
I am based in a pleasant garden office in Worcester where I offer brief and longer term counselling for a wide range of concerns. I generally work with adults and young people aged over 15 years. Empathy and genuineness lie at the heart of my approach and, influenced by Humanist approaches, I value the uniqueness of every client's needs.
Taking your time to consider committing to counselling, as well as choosing the right counsellor for you, can be a significant part of the therapeutic process. When you feel ready, you can contact me via whichever medium best suits you: email, text or phone. This first contact may in itself help you to get a feel for if you are ready to take the next step, which would be for us to arrange an initial meeting. This initial meeting, which is charged at £45 and would last for around an hour or so, will help us explore in more depth what you would like from counselling, and how far we would be able to work well together. If we feel we make a good fit, we will then agree as to how we would like to work, and will arrange to meet once a week.
I work with a wide range of clients, and am particularly interested in working with issues around:
- 16-21 year olds
- Asperger's, high functioning autism, ADHD
- experiencing relationships as overwhelming and / or preoccupying
- contemporary concepts and experiences of masculinity / femininity
- I also value working with counselling students during their mandatory therapy hours.
I reserve a percentage of my caseload for concessionary clients who are on a low household income.
The website link above will lead you to more information on who I am, the ways I work, and how I may be able to help through these varied approaches:
- Person-centred counselling
- Emotional Freedom Technique (tapping)
- Polyvagal theory strategies
- Evolutionary adaptive theory
- CBT strategies
Training, qualifications & experience
Outside of private practice, I greatly value my long term work with adolescents, and more recent work specifically with care-leavers. My initial training focused on bereavement and life-changing illness at a Worcestershire hospice. In addition to counselling, I am a Specialist Mentor for college and university students benefiting from mental health support.
Previous to counselling, I trained in teaching literature and creative writing, which I have also used therapeutically.
- Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
- Level 5 Diploma in Counselling Children & Young People
- CPD Level 4 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Certificate in Therapeutic Life Story Work
- MA Humanities & History of European Medicine 1500-1930
- PGCE (FE)
- BA Hons English
Of course, just as importantly is the experience of facing change in myself, and of having been witness to others in their own times of transition.
Other training includes:
- Understanding autistic spectrum condition in males and females
- Understanding Alcohol and Substance Misuse
- Brief Therapy
- Counselling Young People Online
- Psychological and Behavioural Impacts of Malnutrition in Eating Disorder
- Grief in adults and children
- Freefall writing - therapeutic writing
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Attachment disorder in children
- Behaviour problems
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug addiction
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex addiction
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
£45 per session.
Please see the blog page on my website for regular updates on my availability for new appointments.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
|Wheelchair user access:||No|
parking available. Ground floor access. Wheelchair access may be possible with notice.
Monday: 1pm -9pm
Tuesday: 9.30am - 6pm
Wednesday: 9.30am -6pm
Thursday: 9.30am - 6pm
Friday/Saturday/Sunday: no appointments
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|