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About me

Hi, thank you for choosing to find out a bit more about me and what my practice  Essence Counselling can offer you. This past year has been a year like no other. As we approach the end of lockdown how are you feeling? 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 the future 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  supports 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 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 or family problems, transitions in life, depression, bullying,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..

No problem is too big or too small to bring to counselling.

I am  have recently expanded my practice to offer counselling to children and young people from age 4 to 18 covering issues such as bereavement, anxiety, depression, bullying, emotional problems, difficulties in relationships, feeling sad, lonely, gender issues, queries about sexuality, LGBTQI+issues, self harm & low esteem.....

I am currently able to offer some limited free counselling spaces as part of my continuing professional development  at Strathclyde University please contact me by phone or email stating ref CPD to ask more about free spaces. This is for limited time until May 15th.

I am delighted to have formed a partnership with a local counsellor, Linda Pike to form Popp Ins Therapy Centre in Crieff,  where we have 3  covid friendly therapy rooms one of which has been fully equipped for children's counselling. www.poppinstherapy.co.uk

I offer counselling by phone, online or face to face.  Please get in touch for an initial free consultation.

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

BACP

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.

Therapies offered

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

Fees

From £40.00 to £55.00
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

£45 individual session.  £55 couples  £40 children

  • Concessions available for students and those on low wage or benefits.
  • Please contact me by phone or email  for a free initial phone consultation.

Concessions offered for

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

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Friday until 7pm

Further information

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

Crieff
Perthshire
PH7

Auchterarder
Perth & Kinross
PH3

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None
Wheelchair user access

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.

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Employee Assistance Programme

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Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy

Helen Simpson, MBACP,Counselling and Psychotherapy