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About me

Thank you for looking at my information.  You may feel that I can help you, so I'll explain a little about how I can work with you.

I counsel in a relational way, believing the foundation of trust, safety and non- judgemental support can help to pave the way for a successful counselling relationship where you will feel able to share your concerns with me.

I encourage you to trust in yourself, be attuned to your feelings and thoughts, as you are the expert in your life.  We consider what is important to you and we explore ways that you can face the issues that you're finding so hard right now.

I will help you to find your voice, encouraging you to express yourself and to look at ways of healthily dealing with whatever you are facing.  Simply focusing on yourself and having a clearer understanding can enable you to consider new ways of coping with or different ways of approaching any difficulties in your life.

Below are some of the issues I've supported people with over the years

  • worry and anxiety,
  • low self-esteem,
  • parenting difficulties,
  • loss of job,
  • financial problems,
  • making poor choices,
  • relationship issues,
  • alcohol dependency,
  • panic attacks,
  • sleep deprivation,
  • negative effects of medication on life,
  • domestic abuse,
  • sexual abuse,
  • depth of feelings around approaching end of life and palliative care,
  • loss and bereavement
  • depression

In my practice I offer support, understanding and a counselling relationship which develops at the correct pace for you.  I have experience of working 1-1with adults, young people and children, with couples and with families.  When working with relationship, with more than one client, I help you to listen to each other and to understand each other and to consider new ways of communicating and relating which can lead to more connection between you.

Training, qualifications & experience

I'm educated to degree level and have the following counselling related/relevant qualifications:

  • Diploma in companion animal bereavement counselling - distinction
  • Certificate in online and telephone counselling, ACTO accredited
  • Postgraduate certificate in therapy with children and families ACC accredited
  • Advanced certificate of learning in supervision practice
  • Certificate of skills, theory and supervision (Hawkins and Shohet seven eyed model)
  • Certificate in concept/skills couples and relationship counselling
  • Level 4 Diploma in therapeutic counselling
  • British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Certificate of Proficiency
  • TA101 Counselling concepts in transactional analysis
  • Police school liaison officers certificate from Nottingham Trent University relating to working with and planning educational work with children/young people, covering developmental needs
  • Certificate in drugs Awareness (6 month course)


I regularly undertake continuing professional development and have training in:

  • Safeguarding training
  • Trauma and dissociation, PODS, various courses with Carolyn Spring
  • BACP training re helping clients who are withdrawing from prescribed psychiatric drugs
  • Play therapy with children (workshop with Dr Margot Sunderland)
  • Working with clients at risk of suicide (Workshop with Dr Andrew Reeves)
  • Issues around body image and sexuality linked to cancer (Macmillan Cancer)
  • Training around spirituality and faith for cancer patients (Macmillan Cancer)
  • Mindfulness (High Peak Hospice)
  • Bullying Intervention Training (Kidscape)
  • Working with children (Place2Be)
  • Safeguarding (level 2 Trafford Council)
  • CEOP (child exploitation and online protection)

I have recent enhanced DBS clearance for my counselling work and I also have public indemnity insurance.

Experience

I'm a qualified counsellor and supervisor.  I help people who are experiencing a wide range of issues, the main theme of much of my support centres around ways to deal with loss and change.

These difficulties can challenge your whole life view and I am alongside you, supporting you, going at your pace and sometimes simply having a space to be and to breathe, away from all of life's distractions and challenges can be enough to help you in those initial sessions.  Somewhere to collect your thoughts and to offload whatever you need to without any concerns about burdening another person.  You can lead in letting me know what you need at that time.

In working in a relational way and also supporting clients with relationship difficulties to look at the issues together, I help you to consider what is actually happening for you.  Once you have a clearer picture, we then consider the impact on you and how to cope with what is happening or to consider if there are any possible solutions to your difficulties.

I am alongside you using a variety of ways to help you to process what you are experiencing and to consider ways to deal with it.  I support you in dealing with your specific needs.

I've worked with primary aged children for a national charity, I've managed a counselling service in a primary school and also supported other members within the school community.  I've delivered therapeutic group work to children in a school setting.

I've worked with families in a local family charity, creating the family service, helping to develop processes and procedures and also delivered training on effective counselling of families to other counsellors/professionals.  I worked within the charity for over 5 years and am now offering my service privately.

I've also counselled people who've experienced pet loss/companion animal loss - both before the loss, during and after.  I've found that sometimes the work can lead onto other more complex issues for a client and I'm able to support clients to look at other issues such a loss can bring up for them.

I've previously counselled for Macmillan Cancer and currently am counselling for Frontline19 supporting frontline health workers.  One of my areas of extensive support is counselling people experiencing long term health conditions or who are navigating the health system.

I'm currently working online (Zoom) and providing walk and talk in the Wilmslow area.

Member organisations

BACP

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

I have the following special interests

Working with Children/Young People and Families:

  • I've worked with children/young people for over 20 years
  • I've worked in many schools helping with problems around bullying, drug abuse, low self esteem, delivering group work
  • I've counselled primary aged children for 2 years in school and managed a primary counselling service for a charity for 2 years
  • I've counselled families for 5 years in an Altrincham charity, I deliver training to other professionals around counselling families

Working With People Whose Lives Have Been Affected By Cancer

I have a special interest in this area and worked for Macmillan Cancer Support at a local hospital. Working within a hospital setting meant I've experienced helping people from a wide range of backgrounds with a whole spectrum of issues which adversely affected their lives.
I have a good understanding of living with life limiting or debilitating illnesses and also the impact they have on the loved ones of the person diagnosed.

Companion Animal/Pet Bereavement

I offer a counselling service for those facing or experiencing loss of a pet. This can be a very difficult time when those bereaved may not always have someone to share their emotions with.
The disenfranchised grief within society often means there is guilt around the loss, sometimes fear around not being understood, complexities around euthanasia and many other difficulties compounded due to the possible lack of understanding of the human/animal bond.

As an animal carer for most of my life, I fully understand the place they have in our lifes and have undertaken further training in this area and am part of pet loss networks focusing on the impact of pet loss.

I am passionate about supporting bereaved carer's of animals.  Please contact me for further information.

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Couples counselling
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

From £45.00 to £65.00
Free initial online session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • OAPs
  • Students
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

I counsel in a comfortable counselling room in South Wilmslow and also in a variety of locations for family work.  I'm also offering walk and talk therapy in Wilmslow.

The first 20 mins of the initial session is free, enabling you to decide whether we will work well together. If you wish to continue with this session I charge £35 for the initial session (total 50 minutes) for an individual and then £45 per counselling session (50 minutes) thereafter. Please look at my website FAQ section for payment for couples/families.  Payment is required by Paypal or bank transfer 24 hours in advance of the session to secure the appointment.

I offer a variety of concessions, please contact me for further information.


Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Mon - Wed 8.30 am - 8 pm. Appointments also available on Thurs and Friday mornings until 12 noon.

Further information


It has been an absolute privilege to support the clients I've helped so far.  I've supported many clients whilst working within charities, most recently a family counselling charity in Altrincham.  Due to the popularity of charities there are often waiting lists for the service and so I've decided to offer my services privately,  I'm the same counsellor who has delivered work consistently for several counselling charities and am now ready to deliver it at the time you need it and at the same price but with no wait!

If you feel I can be of help to you, please contact me to find out more.  I offer a free 20 mins session, so that you can decide if I may be right therapist for you and I can ensure that I have the skills to meet your needs.

7 Hawthorn Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 1AA

Wilmslow
SK9

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

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Helena Hodgson DipCouns, MBACP

Helena Hodgson DipCouns, MBACP