Helen Stephenson MBACP (Accred)
I offer a welcoming, confidential and safe place if you are looking for help with difficulties in your life and need to speak to someone beyond your family, friends or work colleagues you might usually talk to. I love my work with people of all ages and backgrounds and I welcome the opportunity to work with you as you are and with whatever issue you bring to counselling.
What I can offer you and what to expect in counselling
Thinking about having counselling is a big step and can take a lot of courage. I will listen to you with respect and without judgement, and provide a safe therapeutic relationship where together we can explore your thoughts and feelings to enable you to make the changes you wish to make in your life or situation.
I will support you to understand yourself better and to take more control of how you react and cope with situations, and enable you to feel more resourced for the future.
As your counsellor I can help you find realistic ways forward with areas such as anxiety and depression, workplace stress, family relationships, coping with illness, bereavement or other issues affecting your wellbeing. Please see the list below for other areas for which I offer support.
Who I work with
I work with adults of all ages, as well as with children and young people.
I am experienced in supporting people who have learning difficulties or disabilities, including autism, and will accommodate your needs to give you the best possible experience of counselling.
Counselling for Children and Young People
Being a young person can be really hard work at times, and it’s not a sign of weakness to ask for help when you’re struggling and feel no-one understands you. I can provide a safe place to talk about any issue where you will not be judged or criticised, and help you find ways to manage your worries and begin to enjoy life again. I believe in helping you to understand and take control of your situation, as far as you can, and to make healthy and positive choices about your life.
I have specialist training for young people, including in child protection and safeguarding, and have many years experience in school settings. I have an enhanced DBS certificate.
Please get in touch to find out how I can help. It may even be that you as a parent are needing some support yourself.
Making an appointment and charges for counselling
I offer a free initial session, with no further obligation, so you can meet me and decide if you would like me to work with you. We can discuss the issues you wish to deal with and arrange further appointments at a time that suits us both.
Counselling sessions are £40 an hour. I am willing to discuss a reduced rate where there is hardship if this means you will be able to have the counselling support you need.
Contact by phone or email is confidential.
I work from my home on the edge of Exeter, where I have a dedicated counselling room with an open outlook into the garden. There is easy parking outside and I am close to a bus route from the city centre.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Advanced Diploma in Integrative Counselling
- Diploma Children and Young People, NCS Specialist Training
- Diploma CBT, NCS Specialist Training
- Diploma in Supervision, NCS Specialist Training
All the above training was awarded by Safe Space for Counselling/Dartmoor Centre for Counselling and Psychotherapy, Devon
I also hold certificates in the following:
- Enhanced DBS
- Level 3 Safeguarding and Child Protection
- Mental Health First Aid
- Level 2 First Aid
- Foundation for Infant Loss Training
I am committed to developing my professional skills with regular relevant training.
In addition to my private counselling and supervision practice I work in a school providing counselling to children and young people across the full primary, secondary and post-16 age range, and provide specialist mentor support to university students with mental health difficulties.
My original qualification was in teaching with a BEd Hons, and before becoming a counsellor I worked for many years in education with young people with special needs and from many different ethnic backgrounds. I spent several years living in Spain working with vulnerable people, including those trying to leave addictions to drugs, and I speak fluent Spanish.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Personality disorders
- Relationship problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Counselling for Children and Young People
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I offer the first session free for new clients, and then counselling sessions are £40 per hour. I am open to a reduction in some circumstances for people in hardship - please get in touch to discuss this.
I am an accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical framework. I have regular supervision in accordance with BACP requirements.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I offer appointments in daytime or evenings.
Types of client
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