Helena Hodgson

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DipCouns, MBACP
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Wilmslow SK9
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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 we can work together.

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 such a burden right now.

I can help you to find your voice, encouraging you to express yourself and to look at ways of healthily managing whatever you are facing.  Simply focusing on yourself and having more clarity of your situation can enable you to consider new ways of coping.  

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
  • self harm

I offer support, understanding and a counselling relationship which develops at a comfortable pace for you.  I have experience of working 1-1 with adults and children and young people.  I also have training and experience in counselling  couples and families. 

When working with relationship, between two or more clients, I help you to actually hear each other and to understand what the other is saying.  This in turn helps you 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:
Temenos foundation certificate in bereavement counselling

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)
  • CEOP (child exploitation and online protection)
  • Porn addiction
  • Transgender awareness
  • Working therapeutically with obesity and understanding anorexia and bulimia

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 central theme of much of my support centres around ways to deal with loss and change.  Loss can encompass bereavement but also major losses in life such as loss of career, home, family moving away etc...

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, feeling 'self indulgent' - why can't I just deal with it?  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 can 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 or new ways to manage them.

There is no such thing as a one size fits all solution!

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'm currently counselling for the Christie cancer service in East Cheshire and recently counselled 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 have experience in this both professionally and personally.

I'm currently working online (Zoom) and provide walk and talk in the Wilmslow area.  I work face to face in a central Wilmslow counselling centre and also work from a counselling space within my home in Wilmslow (limited availability).

Member organisations

BACP
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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 have provided counselling for Macmillan Cancer Support at a local hospital, now The Christie East Cheshire. Working within a hospital setting means 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.

Fees

£45.00 - £95.00
Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

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

Additional information

I counsel in two comfortable counselling venues in central Wilmslow for all of my individual and relationship clients.  I also offer sessions from a dedicated counselling space within my home for individual clients (limited availability).  I provide walk and talk therapy in south or central Wilmslow.  I also work online for video counselling sessions.

I offer an initial free telephone call up to 20 minutes, enabling us to decide whether we will work well together and for you to ask any questions you may have. If you and I feel we could work well together I will arrange an initial session with you.  I charge £55/£45 for the initial session (total 50 minutes) dependent upon location for an individual.  Please look at my website FAQ section for payment for couples/families as charges vary up to £95 dependent upon numbers attending, location and time of session.  Payment is required by bank transfer 48 hours in advance of the session to secure the appointment for the central Wilmslow locations and 24 hours in advance for South Wilmslow, walk and talk and Zoom sessions.

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


When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Mon 1 pm to 8 pm,  Tue 8.30 am - 8 pm.  Wed and Thur 8.30 pm to 5 pm.  Appointments also available Friday mornings until 12 noon.

Upon occasion sessions are possible for Sat mornings.

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'd like an initial conversation with me please telephone and leave a message if I'm unable to answer, text or email me.  I shall look forward to hearing from you.


If you feel I can be of help to you, please contact me to find out more. 

7 Hawthorn Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 1AA

Type of session

In person
Online

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families

Key details

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Online platforms

Zoom

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