About me

DURING THE COVID 19 lockdown and social distancing I am offering counselling via Video link on either SKYPE or ZOOM, as well as telephone counselling.

Maybe you are anxious, depressed, struggling in a relationship, or with some kind of loss, for example?
With me you can expect a safe, supportive and challenging environment in which it is my hope you will experience acceptance, empathy and genuineness to facilitate insight and understanding that can lead to change or enable you sometimes to come to terms with things you can't necessarily change.

I am a professionally qualified counsellor and have worked in a wide variety of settings including the NHS, general counselling agencies in Brussels, Birmingham and Tamworth and now in independent private practice. 
I work with individuals (over 18) in long, medium and short term work in a therapy room in Mickleover, Derby.

Talking to someone who is empathic and giving their full attention can lead to insight into sometimes confusing or difficult thoughts and feelings and help to work out what could change. I see this as a collaborative process, not something which you experience passively - for therapy to be effective, both of us need to be active participants in the process. During an initial free consultation we will work together to decide whether counselling or psychotherapy maybe an appropriate form of help for you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Certificate in Counselling (2002)
  • Diploma in Person-centred counselling and psychotherapy (2007)
  • Advanced Diploma in CBT methods for person-centred therapists (2009)
  • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision (2009)
  • Accredited by British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • On UK register for Counselling and Psychotherapy

I have 18 years experience working as a therapist in general counselling agencies in an English speaking agency in Brussels, and centres in Birmingham and Tamworth, as well as in a GP Surgery in Staffordshire. I have run my own independent private practice for over 11 years.

I am also a qualified Counselling supervisor and have supervised Counsellors working in a wide variety of contexts. I am person-centred though I have worked with counsellors from an integrative background due to my training in and understanding of other modalities. I am a member of APSE (Association for Pastoral Supervision and Education) and also have experience supervising people in church leadership.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.


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

When it is appropriate I am able to work with creative tools to facilitate the client's process.

I offer supervision to therapists and counsellors.

Therapies offered


Additional information

£40 for individuals
you may be eligible for a reduced rate, please enquire.

I offer concessions for key workers


8.30 am - 8.30 pm Monday to Thursday

Further information

Over the last twenty four years I have lived in Asia, Europe and England and worked pastorally in a variety of settings, and have particular interest in relationship issues, loss, bereavement, cultural, and spiritual issues.


Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Key details

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.


In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I am a qualified person-centred Supervisor, and have a varied and interesting independent private practice covering many different issues in my client work.

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Helen Walley

Helen Walley