Hi I'm Helen and I am an experienced counsellor who will offer you a safe, comfortable and confidential space to explore any difficulties you may have in your life. I work with children, young people and adults offering creative ways of working alongside talking therapy. However, this does not mean you need to be artistic, it simply means I sometimes use alternative methods to help you explore difficult feelings that you may be finding hard to speak about.
Sometimes things in our past can affect our present life or you may have current issues that are affecting your well being; you might just feel unhappy in life but are not sure why. Exploring these issues in a confidential space free of criticism, blame or judgement can offer you the opportunity to make your own choices, make changes in your life and find a way forward.
Contacting a counsellor can take a lot of courage but I will offer you an enriching therapeutic relationship and once that first step is taken it can feel a little easier. My overall approach to therapy is humanistic however, I trained as an integrative counsellor so I am able to tailor the sessions according to what I think might help.
Work with children and young people.
After many years of working with adults I went on to do additional counselling training so that I could work with children and young people. Since I obtained my additional qualification I have undertaken vast amounts of work with this younger age group and feel privileged to have had these opportunities. Children often struggle to communicate their feelings and sometimes do not have the vocabulary to express what is happening to them so my skills in creative ways of working can help them work through any issues they have. Children and young people have the same rights to confidentiality as adults but working alongside parents can often be extremely beneficial so this can be discussed at the first appointment.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Diploma in sandplay
- Post qualifying diploma in counselling children and young people
- Post-graduate diploma in integrative counselling
- Certificate in person-centred counselling
- BA in community and youth studies
- Level 3 safeguarding children and young people (updated in 2017)
- Connecting through creativity
- Managing suicide intervention
- Emotional intelligence
- Youth mental health first aid
- Creative arts in counselling
- Child protection training - protecting children online
- Self harm training.
I have a private practice in Wellington where I offer counselling for adults and young people. I have been practising as a counsellor since 2005 working in a variety of settings including schools, a children's hospice, a college and a charity offering counselling to people who have experienced abuse or sexual trauma.
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Introductory session £25 for an hour.
Subsequent sessions £45 for 50 minutes.
I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and I work within their ethical framework.