Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy
Hi, thank you for choosing to find out a bit more about me and what my practice Essence Counselling can offer you. 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 I am currently attached as a counsellor 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 our Satnav or map 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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Childhood bullying
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- Young carers
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Please contact me by phone or email for a free initial consultation.
- Fees are £40 per session each session lasts for 60 minutes.
- Concessions are available for students and those on low incomes.
I work within the ethical framework of BACP. I am a registered member of BACP. I am fully insured and hold an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland Certificate.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Weekdays until 7pm ( Saturday morning appointments available on request)
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|