Helen Toplis - BSc (Hons) Psych, Dipl. Integrative Couns, MBACP
As a counsellor I have a experience of working with young people and adults across a diverse range of life issues. Having been through a journey of counselling myself I have an understanding of being in the clients chair. My work therefore centres around providing a safe, confidential and respectful space for you to feel able to explore the challenges that you are facing.
I work using a "whole-person" approach that focuses on each aspect of being human: mind, body and soul. The work is always designed around your needs and what works best for you. The aim is to empower and support you in your pursuit to resolve the issues you are exploring so that you can move on with your life in a positive and balanced way.
About how I Work
I use an integrative supportive and non-judgemental approach, responding to what you bring in the moment, as well as holding in mind the narrative of your life. I offer a flexible service to suit your needs, whether this is short term focused work on a particular issue or longer term work. Sessions are for 1 hour on a weekly basis. It is important that you feel empowered throughout the counselling process and to have trust and confidence in your counsellor. Therefore I offer an initial session as an opportunity for us to meet and discuss your needs more fully, and to see if counselling is the right way forward for you. If you are feeling anxious about the next step and would like to find out more please feel free to phone or email me.
*Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, I am currently offering sessions via Skype, Zoom, Face time etc. and over the phone only. This is under constant review.
Training, qualifications & experience
Post Graduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling. Incorporating-Developmental Psychology, Psychodynamic Theory, Archetypal Psychology, Jungian Psychology,Gestalt Practice, Systemic Theory
BSc Honours Degree in Psychology
Telephone helpline volunteer for BEAT (Formerly known as The Eating Disorders Association)
Independent Counsellor to Adults and Adolescents
School Counsellor to Staff and Pupils
Head of Pastoral Care in a primary school setting
Mentor to children with emotional/behavioural difficulties in a primary school setting.
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial Exploratory Session: This is 50 minutes. The cost for this first session is deliberately kept low.
Regular Weekly Sessions:
£50.00 per session.
Lower Cost Rates:
I do have a small number of appointments available at lower rates. Please ask about these if your financial circumstances warrant it.