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About me

Hi, I'm Helena and I specialise in child and adolescent therapy.  I have over 10 years' experience working with children and young people. I use play and creative approaches to support my work.

As a fully qualified counsellor, I am able to work with children, young people and adults from a convenient location in the city centre, and online. I have experience of helping clients with a range of issues including bereavement and loss, anxiety, depression, low self-esteem and family difficulties.

It is important to find the right therapist for yourself or your child, so please feel free to call or email me to have a chat about how counselling can help.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Primary Education and Early Childhood Studies
  • Childhood Bereavement Training
  • Level 4 Certificate in Counselling
  • Foundation Degree in Counselling
  • Bereavement Training (Adults)
  • Post Qualifying Diploma in Counselling Children and Young People

I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (NCS).

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.


National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

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.

Therapies offered

  • Integrative
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy


Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

  • £40 per session


Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

I have afternoon and evening appointments currently available.

The Centre Of Wellbeing
2-4 Foyle Road
BT48 6AX

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

DBS checked
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.


Helena Mc Gillan, MNCS (Accred) MBACP Reg.

Helena Mc Gillan, MNCS (Accred) MBACP Reg.