I am Helen Whitehead and I am a Humanistic Counsellor and Coach we will work together to help you put the pieces of your life back together, through a choice of collaborative interventions. I work from a homely comfortable environment and the first 30 minute consultation is free for individual clients, For couples please see fees below. At this particularly difficult time I offer Half Hour sessions and work remotely over Zoom or Phone.
I truly believe in the power of choice and everyone deserves to make their own choices to suit their wants needs and desires. I offer a non judgemental empathic professional relationship based in a comfortable setting.
My background is a Foundation Degree and a BA(Hons) in Counselling and Coaching, I have run my own private practice for 8 years and I have worked long and short term with children and Young People from ages 5-17 at a school Based Counselling Organisation. I have also supported Adults of all ages with Counselling and Coaching at a Mental Health Resource Centre.
Some of the various difficulties that I have worked with are:
- Job Loss
- loss and bereavement
- low self esteem
- lack of direction in life.
- Domestic Abuse
- Relationship Breakdown
I have continuous training in relevant areas to continually support my skills and my clients to the best of my ability.
I have experience working with Children, Young People and Adults using talking therapies and various media such as art materials to aid my clients to express themselves in a way comfortable to them. I am a member of the BACP and abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice.
I am a qualified and experienced integrative Counsellor, Coach and Coach Therapist and I use the relationship of Person Centred counselling with the forward movement of Coaching should you require this. I incorporate various counselling techniques to suit the needs and pace of the client. I work flexibly with the whole person and fully involve my clients with the process. I can work long and short term depending on your needs and wants.
I have regular supervision in line with the requirements of the BACP to support and develop my practice.
There are times in each persons lives when we need some extra support to find direction and clarity. Maybe you have experienced the loss of a relationship, a redundancy, you have pressures from work or your past is stopping you from moving forward, whatever the reason I treat each person as an individual as one size does not fit all, I am an integrative Coach and Counsellor and I can draw on various theories to aid you to find a resolution to life's difficult times.
Counselling can help you with your own personal internal world to assist you through difficult times and understand how you think, feel and behave. Counselling will help you find who you truly are within life's challenges. Counselling is for you if you feel that you have come to a time in your life when it seems a bit too hard to go it alone, I can help you unravel the internal difficulties that you face and help you find a way through to becoming your true self.
Coaching is made up of various skills and theories to equip you to find a positive way forward in your external life I,e: House move, redundancy, job change etc. Coaching is a stand alone intervention or used following Counselling to help you find solutions to certain external areas of your life that you may find difficult, for example finding a new career path, juggling everyday life or becoming more organised as a person for example.
Coach-Therapy is an integrative approach using the relationship of Counselling and the forward movement of Coaching, all of this is done at your pace and with you in control. I will work collaboratively with you offering a transparent, honest, non-judgmental safe space for you to explore what you would like to change in your life and how you can achieve this. The relationship is fundamental to your change and we will achieve this by working at your pace. I will challenge you when I feel it is appropriate to and beneficial to your journey.
Coach Therapy can help with various difficulties that life throws at us and can help you see a way through. Difficulties such as relationship problems, anxiety, stress, low mood, depression, anger or behavioural problems in children (including self-harm/social anxiety/low self-esteem).
Young People and Adults
Can access either Counselling or Coaching or an integration of the two disciplines, I will work collaboratively in a way that suits each individual person. We will start with a contract so that you are in control of the sessions and what you want from them.
Maybe you feel you have lost your way as your life transitions to a new stage, you know what you don't want but struggle find what you do, we can work together to find this. I have my own private practice in Pontefract.
Please get in touch to talk about how I could help you.
After contacting me we would arrange for an initial meeting at a time suitable to both parties. If we agree that what I offer is best suited to you we will arrange how and when we will work together.
Training, qualifications & experience
Foundation Degree In Counselling Theory and Skills
BA (Hons) in the Theory and Practice of Counselling including Coaching and CBT Certificate in Couples Counselling Diploma in Supervision TA 101 training
Child Protection Training
Childrens Emotional Well being
Working with Metaphor
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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This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
Concessions offered for
Each 1 hour session costs £45 with an initial meeting is free.
Couples Counselling initial session cost £65 for One and a Half hour assesment.
Each subsequent one hour session cost £50 per couple or £65 per Hour and a Half.
Supervision cost £50 per hour or £65 per Hour and a Half for Qualified Counsellors
Cost of Supervision for Trainees is £40 per hour
I am based in Pontefract.
Currently available Monday, Tuesday and Friday all day and each weekday evening.
Our daughter/step daughter lost her mum at the age of 9. Life ticked along until she hit her teenage years. Quite quickly behaviours changed and it was apparent that M was struggling with not having mum around. We knew we couldn't just love her better, it wasn't working.
M saw a bereavement counsellor for a few sessions but decided it wasn't for her.
We hit crisis point again a year later and tried a new counsellor. M said she was weird - they just didn't click. Finally after speaking to a friend at work they recommended Helen.
Helen came round to meet us. Myself, Helen and my step daughter had a chat.
When I asked M what she thought she said she was really happy to give it a go and it was good because Helen didn't ask her any questions. She did but M didn't notice them.
M had weekly sessions, made lovely things, chatted but most of all she came back buzzing.
Her confidence was lifted, she was ready to tell us things which troubled her.
We got our daughter back! M was in control of when and how often she saw Helen, sometimes she told us about their chats and sometimes she didn't. We were just happy that M was happy again.