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About me

QUALIFIED PSYCHOTHERAPEUTIC COUNSELLOR, WORKING WITH ADULTS AND CHILDREN

Hello, my name is Helena Prentice (Dip. Couns, MBACP). I am a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor, helping adults and children with a range of mental health issues. I am a member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy). I am insured and ICO registered, and I also hold an up-to-date Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate.

STARTING THERAPY

I thoroughly understand that making the decision to start therapy can be a scary and overwhelming one. Therapy is an extremely personal experience which can evoke many different feelings. However, through my experience, I have personally witnessed the profound transformation that can take place in both adults and children. Whatever your situation or issue, therapy aims to make a positive and significant change to your life and wellbeing. I can offer you a confidential, safe, non-judgemental space, so that you can explore your difficulties and take the first steps towards a brighter outlook for the future.

CHILDREN AND ADOLESCENTS

Most children will experience emotional difficulties at some point during their development and with care and support they can usually be helped through these difficult times.

However, sometimes children need additional help, particularly if they have experienced significant life changing events or trauma. I offer a warm and friendly service for children and adolescents to help them process and communicate their experiences and emotions.

I can work with a range of difficulties through play and creativity, using toys, sand trays, arts/crafts, music, stories and creative visualisations, helping children with problems such as anxiety, anger, school related problems, loss, bereavement, abuse, low self-esteem, oppositional behaviour, difficulties related to trauma and abuse.

Reflecting a child’s process, emotions and play themes can help them feel validated and understood. Confidence can then grow, and the child can begin to make choices and problem-solve.

For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me or visit my website at: www.enlightenedmindstherapy.com

LOCATION

My office is within Salomons Estate, situated two miles from the centre of Tunbridge Wells and three miles from the centre of Tonbridge.

The Estate is a stunning Victorian mansion set within thirty-six acres of rolling gardens, parkland and woods and is a beautiful place to explore and relax before or after counselling sessions. There is also free onsite parking available.

Training, qualifications & experience

As well as running my private practice, Enlightened Minds Therapy, I also work within an NHS setting providing therapy to adults and children between 5 and 18 years of age. I have experience working with a range of mental health issues of varying severities. I have worked within a Cancer Care Support Centre, providing therapy to the bereaved, those going through treatment, and the terminally ill. I have also provided voluntary support within a Residential Rehabilitation facility, helping adults who are recovering from substance abuse.

I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy, and I have completed the following qualifications with the CPCAB (Counselling & Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body):

- Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling (Humanistic Route)
- Certificate in Counselling Studies (Integrative)
- Certificate in Counselling skills (Integrative)

I have also completed further professional development and training in the following areas:

- (CBT) Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- (MBCBT) Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
- Children & Young People Mental Health & Wellness
- Play Therapy
- Attachment In Psychotherapy

Although I work integratively, my roots are in Humanistic, Person Centred theory, which means I am able to draw from a range of therapeutic modalities. This enables me to tailor the therapy to individual needs. I tend to incorporate concepts based on Psychodynamic, Gestalt, and Psychosynthesis principles, together with CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy), CFT (Compassion Focused Therapy), Mindfulness and Play & Creative Therapy.

If you think you or your child would benefit from my services, please get in touch.

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.

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Transactional analysis

Fees

Adults - initial phone assessment is free.

Adults - £55 per session (face to face and online).

Children - (5 - 18 years) - initial assessment/pre-meet is free.

Children - (5 - 18 years) - £55 per session (I can offer online therapy to young people, 15 - 18 years, however, this would be dependant on an assessment of the clients needs. Under 15 years, I can offer face to face only).

Availability

Monday - Friday: 9:30am - 7:30pm

Saturday: 10am - 3pm

Enlightened Minds Therapy
Salomons Estate
Broomhill Road
Tunbridge Wells
Kent
TN3 0TG

Enlightened Minds Therapy
Collier St
Tonbridge
Kent
TN12 9SB

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None

Accessibility

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.

Wheelchair user access

Types of client

Children
Young people
Adults
Older adults
Helena Prentice (Dip.Couns.MBACP) Enlightened Minds Therapy

Helena Prentice (Dip.Couns.MBACP) Enlightened Minds Therapy