Helen Sermon M.Ed, MBACP(Accred), UKRC
Hello and welcome.
My name is Helen Sermon and I work as a qualified Counsellor and Supervisor in Chalfont St Giles, South Buckinghamshire. 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 usually held weekly, 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.
I have been counselling in schools since 2002 and in 2003 I also began working at an agency in North London, dealing with substance misuse and addiction. Since March 2015 I have been working as a bereavement Counsellor at a Hospice in Berkshire, in addition to my school work and private practice.
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 and in 2014 a Certificate in Working with Families.
My private practice was established in 2010
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Binge-eating disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Obsessive-compulsive personality disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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 £45.00 (Student rate £25)
80-minute couple/families £65.00
60-minute supervision £45.00
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.
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.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I can offer some day as well as evening appointments and Saturday mornings also
Supervision & training
In my practice I offer consultative support to other counsellors enabling them to reflect on their client relationships and philosophy as part of their ongoing personal development.View supervision profile