Helen Walinski-Kiehl MBACP
I am a professionally-qualified counsellor with 13 years experience, trained to Advanced Diploma level and a registered member of BACP. I am also a qualified Supervisor.
I may work with you for just a few weeks, if this is all you need to resolve your difficulties.
But I specialise in longer-term work, helping my clients discover the roots of more complex problems, such as depression, or very low self-esteem, and then exploring with them ways of resolving these.
I also work longer-term with clients who have experienced various forms of trauma or abuse. This may involve working with their Inner Child, often at a very deep emotional level.
If you are interested in working creatively in some sessions, rather than just talking, then I can offer you a number of creative options, including sand trays, working with dolls and/or soft toys, dream work, drawing, and role plays. These can be very effective and powerful ways of getting in touch with your emotions, and exploring the issues which arise.
I work mainly in a person-centred way, which means that YOU, the client, set the pace and the agenda for the work we do in each session, according to what is most important to YOU at any given time. I am a relational therapist, which means that I aim to build a real relationship of trust between us (known as a "therapeutic relationship"), and to use that relationship to help with healing.
I also use psychodynamic insights in my work. This means that we may look at what has happened in your life so far, to help us discover WHY you may be feeling/acting/relating to people as you do. If you wish, we will then explore more deeply together where these feelings/behaviours originated, and would then use these insights to help you bring about lasting change.
I may also integrate elements of other counselling methods such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, and also Mindfulness techniques into our work as and when I feel these may be helpful to you.
My practice is based in the Colne Valley, close to bus stops and with easy parking.
Training, qualifications & experience
Advanced Diploma in Counselling, BPS Approved Certificate in Clinical Supervision
I have been a Samaritan, and a Victim Support volunteer.
Alongside my private practice, I have several years experience working with adults for a counselling charity, and over ten years working with teenagers in a Sixth Form College.
I work with a wide range of issues, for example, depression, anxiety, panic attacks, trauma, anger management, lack of confidence, low self-esteem, health concerns, spirituality, and self-harming. I also work with relationship issues, parenting concerns, sexuality issues, bullying, and abuse, and with bereavement and loss, including miscarriage and abortion.
I also provide personal therapy and supervision to students studying for Diplomas in Counselling.
I can provide a safe, non-judgemental, un-pressured environment where these issues can be explored and worked through at your own pace.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Teenagers and students
I offer both short and longer-term counselling, as appropriate to each client's circumstances and the nature/complexity of the issues they bring. Once we have contracted to work together, I guarantee not to increase my fee during the term of our contract - however long that may be.
I offer a FREE initial 30 minute assessment meeting, to help you decide whether counselling is right for you, and if you feel we could work together.
My standard fee is £35 for a one hour counselling session, but I will negotiate a reduced fee if necessary for students and the unwaged.
I also offer clinical supervision to counsellors at the rate of £52 per 90 minute session.
I invite you to come and meet me for 30 minutes initially, so that we can start to get to know each other, and discuss the issues you want to work with and your expectations from counselling or supervision.
If we both feel counselling is appropriate, and that we can work together, I would draw up a contract for us both to sign. We would discuss a likely timescale for our work at the initial meeting, and regularly review the progress being made, as our work progresses.
To be effective, counselling requires commitment from both you and your counsellor. Some sessions will be challenging, and maybe painful. A contract may cover just a few weeks, or continue over several months, according to the issues you bring, and the depth and amount of work you want to do. I do not promise "quick fix" solutions, but aim to help you to explore your feelings and/or your circumstances, and make changes which will be of lasting benefit in your life. I offer you my full commitment to the work we will do together to bring these about - however long or short a time this takes.
I have a limited number of places available to start counselling or supervision NOW.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Daytime, evenings and Saturday mornings. Flexible appointments can be offered to accommodate different work/commitment patterns.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have a BPS Certificate in Supervision, and work to an integrative, mainly person-centred model with psychodynamic insights.