About me

I am an MSc qualified and BACP registered Counsellor offering a safe, warm and empathic space for children, young people and adults to work through their difficult and often distressing experiences, behaviours, thoughts and feelings.

We all carry with us an imprint of past experiences and can find ourselves challenged (sometimes unexpectedly) by current life situations. For children and young adults with minds and bodies that are continuously developing and evolving, it can be particularly difficult to make sense of their inner and outer worlds, to express their worries or fears, and to feel understood and accepted. No matter what stage of life, we can all feel scared or embarrassed to ask for help, so I appreciate how difficult it can be to take the first step towards finding support.

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for people of all ages to share their concerns without fear of judgement and at their own pace. Whether we find ourselves in new and challenging circumstances or troubled by past losses and events, we can all feel overwhelmed and alone with our worries. Many of us struggle to make sense of our experiences, manage our feelings, and to stop the negative impact these can have on our present life.

Having the opportunity to think together with a counsellor about your unique situation, can help you feel valued and heard. Together, the aim is to bring clarity and understanding to your situation, to support you to move away from negative ways of thinking, feeling and behaving and to move towards a place where change feels possible.

I am able to provide both short-term focused or longer term, talking or play therapy.

FIRST SESSION

All clients are offered an initial assessment session to give you opportunity to discuss your situation, your hopes for counselling and to help you decide if you are happy to work with me going forward.

This also allows me to gather initial information and consider your key concerns, ensuring I am better placed to provide the right support to meet your (or your child's) specific needs.

My aim is to support you towards better emotional health and wellbeing. In the event I feel your needs will be better met by an alternative therapist or service, I will advise and signpost you as required.

All sessions are 50-minutes and generally occur on the same day and time each week, for an agreed period of time. Arrangements for shift-workers can be accommodated and any changes to initial arrangements must be agreed in advance.

Appointments are available in-person, via telephone or Zoom.

Training, qualifications & experience

MSc Psychotherapy and Counselling for Children and Adolescents

I have experience working with children, young people and adults in schools, charitable organisations and private practice.

I have worked with both Place2Be and Relate services offering counselling support to children and young people and their families.

I am fully insured and hold an enhanced DBS.

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

  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

From £30.00 to £50.00

Concessions offered for

  • Keyworkers
  • Low income
  • Students
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Fees range from £30 - £50 

Student rates available

Availability

Flexible hours available

Weekdays, evenings and weekends depending on availability

Luton
Bedfordshire
LU1

Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked

Online platforms

Whatsapp
Zoom
Helen Thomas

Helen Thomas