Helen Veleska Dip Couns (MBACP registered) (BPS member)
Hello and thank you for visiting my profile. I offer 1-2-1 and couples therapy, as well as walk and talk therapy and group work sessions for various issues. These include anxiety, depression, loss, mental health, to name but a few. I also have many years experience in the field of addiction and children's safeguarding. I have recently obtained a Diploma in Psychology and am currently advancing my understanding of the human mind further by studying for a foundation degree. I have worked with 13-80+ year olds and offer a non-judgemental, empathic approach. I am willing to offer concessions for particular clients, circumstances dependant. Please feel free to contact me for further information on this.
I provide counselling from my private practice in Westbury and Trowbridge. This is done in a private room providing a safe and confidential space for our work together. I can offer Monday Tuesday and Friday daytime appointments and most evenings.
My training helps me to provide you with a reliable, regular, safe space where you can begin to talk about whatever is on your mind. I have an integrative approach, using a wide range of therapeutic models; transpersonal, psychodynamic and person centred. In essence, that means I start with a basic belief in the human potential to heal and grow, and I see my job as a counsellor to be one of facilitating you in achieving that potential, by enabling you to feel safely 'held' whilst you go on your journey. I also believe that past experiences can have an effect on our present reality, so part of our journey may be to make the unconscious, conscious. I can help by focusing on the relationship between us, to bring the way you relate to others to your awareness and facilitate your understanding of yourself, providing healing and change.
Training, qualifications & experience
5 years working in the addiction field
1 year working within a college setting
CPCAB Therapeutic Diploma in counselling
OU Diploma in Psychology
Studying Foundation Degree in Counselling
From 2009-2012 I worked as a volunteer counsellor for Swindon and Wiltshire Drug and Alcohol Services on a part time basis, this post allowed me to gain experience of working with clients of all ages and many different life issues alongside their presenting addictions. I also spent a year being a student counsellor at Bath College, which enhanced my understanding of working with young adults.
I was employed by Turning Point in Trowbridge until 2015 as a Recovery Worker, managing a caseload of clients in recovery from drug and alcohol misuse. I also co-facilitated a parenting group for the service to help clients in recovery to improve their parenting skills. I now work as a Family Key Worker for Wiltshire Council, helping families to work more effectively together, thus helping to prevent family breakdown.
Training & qualifications
Diploma in Integrative Counselling with the CPCAB.
Induction Training with Swindon and Wiltshire Drug and Alcohol Services (SWADS)
Alcohol – Brief Intervention and Advice Training with SWADS
Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Model of Psychosocial Interventions (MOPSI) Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Introduction to Change and Recovery Skills Group Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
Parenting Group Training with Turning Point, Wiltshire.
OU Diploma in Psychology
Transactional Analysis Training
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
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Our initial session will be charged at a flat rate of £30 for singles, £40 for couples as we get to know one another and decide whether we can work together. Thereafter;
£40 for 1-2-1 work or Walk/Talk therapy
£60 for couple counselling
£80 for group work/families
Concessions are available. Payment is in full after each session, if in cash, or prior to the session if via bank transfer. I can also negotiate reduced fees for prior paid, block booked sessions.
I offer evening appointments as well as Monday, Tuesday and Friday day times. Other times can be discussed, as can home visits for the housebound etc.
I also practice a shamanic method of 'Soul retrieval' whereby meditation is used to return to a persons original wounding to help heal the lost part of the soul. If you are interested in hearing about this further then please feel free to contact me.