MBACP(Accred) . M.Ed.
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Hello and welcome.
My name is Helen Sermon and I work as a qualified Counsellor and Supervisor in Bristol. In my practice I aim to bring warmth and sensitivity to my work in safe and confidential setting.
My approach to counselling is Person Centred and is based on the client entering into a non-judgemental, accepting and authentic relationship with the counsellor in order to freely express their emotions and feelings when reflecting on difficult life issues.I am also familiar with Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and when appropriate I may work in this way. I work principally with adults, couples, young people and families who are facing difficulties and seeking support.
Sessions are held online or on the phone, in the day or evening and last for 50 minutes. I provide both short and long term therapy with individuals, couples or families based on their needs.I offer an initial free session of 20 minutes for us to consider if what I might provide is appropriate and whether we can work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Having taught for 20 years in Secondary Schools, I started my training to be a Counsellor in 2001 and gained my Diploma in 2005.
Since 2002 I have counselled young people in schools and in 2003 I also began working at an agency in North London, dealing with substance misuse and addiction. In 2015 I took on the role of Bereavement Counsellor at a Hospice in Berkshire, in addition to my school work and private practice. In 2021 I relocated to Bristol and currently offer online counselling and telephone counselling, in addition to volunteering with two local charities.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their Ethical Framework. In 2008 I was awarded both Counsellor Accreditation and UKRCP Registered Independent Counsellor status.
In 2009 I gained a Post Graduate Certificate in Couples Work; in 2010 I achieved a Diploma in Individual and Group Supervision , in 2014 a Certificate in Working with Families and in 2020 the OU & BACP training , How to do counselling on line: a coronavirus primer. I continue to invest in regular professional development.
My private practice was established in 2010
Registered / Accredited
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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)
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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.
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Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£50.00 per session
Free initial telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Fees are usually paid at the end of each session, payment by both cash or cheque are acceptable.
My charges for face to face sessions are:
50-minute individual £50.00
80-minute couple/families £65.00
60-minute Supervision £50.00
A lower fee is negotiable under certain circumstances.
In the event that you are unable to attend our appointment the following charges will apply. Less than 48 hours, half of the fee will be due; less than 24 hours, the full fee will be due.
I view this as a reciprocal agreement and as such the same timely responsibility falls upon me if I need to cancel an appointment.
When I work
A client testimonial...
"I've suffered from depression and anxiety for a number of years and have tried both medical and talking therapy in the past- neither worked for any great length of time. When I first met Helen I immediately felt at ease- she has a great manner. With her 'by my side' , I felt encouraged to explore events from my past ; she helped me make sense of things and see a way out of the 'fog' of depression. Just knowing that Helen is there for me whenever I need her, enables me to get on with my every day life."
In my practice I also offer consultative support to other counsellors enabling them to reflect on their client relationships and philosophy as part of their ongoing personal development.
I am familiar with working with individual Counsellors and groups of different modalities, both in training and post qualification.
Both in teaching and as a Counsellor I have successfully developed and delivered tailored programmes and would be happy to discuss your organisations training needs.