It's good to talk...
Sometimes we all need someone to listen who will try to understand, enable to us make sense of how we are feeling and invite us to experiment with different strategies to cope with our current difficulties and enjoy life again. Sometimes we just need someone to help us to create a space and time within our busy or pressurised lives that is truly ours, a place where we can express ourselves fully and freely.
I offer a safe, growth-facilitating and confidential environment where you can begin to feel acknowledged, accepted and validated for who you are, and so feel able gradually to explore and understand, with kindness, the problems that have brought you to counselling. Together we will work to increase awareness, not revisiting the painful content of past experiences, but rather addressing the legacy of distressing symptoms as they continnue to arise in the mind and body. In this way you will have the chance to build and develop resources to help you to feel more empowered in your daily life and more connected to others and the world around you.
As an Integrative Counsellor, I aim to be professional, ethical and reflective and to bring myself and my personal values and beliefs about life and human development into my practice. I believe that relationship is central to human happiness and in my practice nothing is more important than creating and maintaining a relationship with my client, based on understanding, compassion and non-judgement. It is my experience that by knowing who we are in the context of our lives, and by learning better how to meet our needs in the here-and-now, we can start to feel differently about ourselves in a way that creates the conditions for change and healing.
"Not being fully alive in the present keeps [us] more firmly imprisoned in the past." (Bessel Van der Kolk)
Training, qualifications & experience
- Since completing my BSc (Hons) in Integrative Counselling with Middlesex University in 2015, I have counselled in a voluntary capacity in Sudbury, Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds, where I have gained experience of working with a wide range of clients including those with anxiety and depression, burn-out, low self-esteem, relationship difficulties, parenting problems, OCD, chronic pain, HIV, eating disorders and gender dysphoria. I have also worked with survivors of traumatic events, including child sexual abuse, violence and loss.
- I am particularly indebted to Dan Siegel's writings on recent neuro-scientific developments and their application to counselling, the Structural Dissociation model of trauma, as taught by Janina Fisher, the principles of Pat Ogden's Sensorimotor approach to psychotherapy, and the Internal Family Systems of Richard Schwartz, all of which inform my current work and understanding of human beings.
- I have a professional background in education, both within schools and the community, with experience of working in close relationship with young people and families from Suffolk, often in their own homes.
- I am guided at all times by the ethical code and guidelines for professional development laid out by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) of which I am a member.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Emotional abuse
- Gender dysphoria
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Sexual abuse
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I am willing to offer online and/or telephone counselling on an ad hoc basis at my discretion, for example to maintain relationship continuity in cases where clients are already committed to a course of 1-1 counselling but are temporarily unable to attend an appointment in person.
- I am currently happy to offer an initial informal and free-of-charge 30/40 minute consultation, without obligation. Any follow-on sessions are charged at a rate of £30 per hour for a 50-minute to one hour session, and I welcome students. If appointments are cancelled with less than 24 hours' notice, clients will be charged for the full cost of the session. Counselling is open-ended, but reviewed at regular intervals in the course of therapy.
- As well as confirming and registering your details, an initial session will cover an assessment of your current situation and your hopes and expectations of the counselling process. Before you decide whether you would like to return for a course of counselling, there will be an opportunity for us to discuss whether continuing to work together could be useful for you. I firmly believe that change is possible and that hope is the first step towards making it happen.
I welcome informal enquiries by phone or email without obligation.
I currently practice from a residential setting in a small market town in West Suffolk, which is accessible by bus and train and there are several car parks within walking distance offering short-term free parking.
"Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing,
there is a field. I'll meet you there." Rumi
Helena Bowen MA (Oxon) PGCE (Cantab) BSc (Hons) Integrative Counselling (Middlesex)
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Flexible working hours, including early evevings and weekends, as required.
Types of client