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About me

I am passionate about working with people to find more useful and satisfying ways of living.

Our patterns of being, relating and thinking are shaped by our previous experiences in life. Often we don’t question them because they make perfect sense to us and they may have served us well in the past. However, those patterns of thinking and behaving can hold us back and cause us problems in personal relationships and in our work. They can leave us unhappy and unfulfilled. At worst, they can make us vulnerable to depression and anxiety.

A warm, professional and highly experienced counsellor, I will work with you to make sense of difficult experiences and explore those ways of thinking that are holding you back in life and causing you pain and discomfort.

I am an integrative therapist who draws on a wide range of models to find the best fit for you and what you want to work on.

I have experience working for two leading local voluntary sector organisations and as well as working in private practice, I provide counselling for the NHS.

I work with individuals experiencing a wide range of issues including loss, anxiety, depression, stress, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anger and relationship difficulties. If you would like to find out more, please do get in touch

I am happy to consider reduced fees depending on circumstances.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have over 20 years experience of working with people experiencing difficulties and challenges in their lives. Since 2001 I have also supervised and trained others in this work.

I have worked as a counsellor with two leading counselling organisations in North Staffordshire and within a Local Authority Coaching service.

In addition to private practice I also provide counselling for the NHS.

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling Psychology, Keele University
  • Certificate in Counselling, Keele University
  • NLP Practitioner (qualitycultureuk)

I have undertaken further training in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, Trauma, Suicidal Ideation, Existential Therapy and therapeutic practice with young adults.

I am a member of the BACP - the regulatory body which oversees standards for the provision of counselling and therapy services.

I am fully insured and maintain my professional expertise through regular professional supervision and training/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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Critical incident debriefing and working with clients in crisis

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transpersonal psychology

Fees

From £40.00 to £42.00

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors

Additional information

Session rates:

One hour face to face sessions - from £40

Contact me to discuss your requirements as I work flexibly within a framework of ethical practice.

Reduced fees are available depending on circumstances

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Further information

I am experienced in a wide range of counselling areas but have a particular interest in:

  • loss and bereavement
  • anxiety
  • anger
  • attachment
  • relationships
  • creating meaning and purpose - a life worth living
  • traumatic experiences, intrusive thoughts and phobias

Newcastle-under-Lyme
Staffordshire
ST5

Brightstone Clinic
11 Hope Street
Sandbach
CW11 1BA

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

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Helen Thomas, PG Dip. CounsPsych.

Helen Thomas, PG Dip. CounsPsych.