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Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy

Crieff PH7 & Auchterarder PH3
07486 609801 07486 609801

About me

Hi, thank you for choosing to find out a bit more about me and what my practice Essence Counselling can offer you. How are you feeling right now, right here in this moment? In these uncertain times we can find that all the things we took for granted are no longer there. Uncertainty and change is the only thing we can be sure of. What does life now hold....

Counselling is a talking therapy and it can be a scary thought talking to someone who you don't know. It can take huge amounts of courage to take that first step. To help make that first step a bit easier I aim to offer you a warm, friendly, safe, non-judgemental space in which you can explore issues that are concerning you.

We all face difficulties in our journey through life and sometimes those worries become too much for us to cope with. We can find it hard to speak to friends or family and find ourselves needing to speak to someone who will listen, understand, and accept us, just as we are. That is what counselling is there for - what it is all about.

Counselling isn’t about giving advice but supporting you through stressful times and life events. Being able to talk openly in private with a trained counsellor can help untangle some of the more difficult thoughts and feelings you may be experiencing. I aim to offer a place of safety, of trust and open communication. A place where you can be yourself in complete confidentiality.

I am a trained and qualified person-centred counsellor and psychotherapist based in Crieff, Perthshire. I have worked for many years within the NHS in different contexts and most recently was a counsellor attached to a local GP practice. I also volunteer with a counselling charity based in Perth.

We come to counselling for many reasons such as low mood, anxiety, grief, relationship problems, transitions in life, depression, sexuality issues, and anger issues among others. I believe everyone is unique and issues which bring you to seek counselling are unique to you. You are the expert on yourself, you know yourself better than anyone but sometimes along the journey of life, we find ourselves lost without a compass to guide us. A wrong turn and we find our self at a crossroads or at a roadblock and need a helping hand to get back on track - that’s where counselling comes in.

Training, qualifications & experience

COSCA Certificate in Counselling Skills.

Dip. HE in Person-Centred Counselling and Psychotherapy.

In addition I regularly undertake a broad range of courses towards my continuing professional development.

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Brief Counselling

Therapies offered

  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy

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£45 per session. Each session lasts for 60 minutes.

Concessions available for students and those on low wage or benefits.

Please contact me by phone or email  for a free initial consultation.

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Further information

I work within the ethical framework of BACP. I am a registered member of BACP. I am fully insured and hold PVG.


Perth & Kinross

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


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.

Wheelchair user access


Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday until 7pm

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme
Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy

Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy