Helen Boswell - Talk It Out Counselling and Supervisory Service

Helen Boswell - Talk It Out Counselling and Supervisory Service

Vicarage Avenue
Near Burnley
BB12 8JY

01282 778090 / 07869 057416

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About me

Welcome to Talk it Out Counselling Service

My name is Helen Boswell and I am a qualified person centred counsellor and supervisor, I work with individuals, couples, face to face.
Everyone at sometime in their lives will suffer some form of trauma, many will turn to family and friends, but this is not always possible, many do not want to burden their loved ones with their problems, sometimes the family is too close to the issues and it would be difficult for them to offer a differing perspective.
My role within the counselling relationship is to be there for my clients, to listen very carefully, I will be trying to hear and sense their feelings behind the words, this service will be offered to them in a completely safe and confidential environment. I am not there to judge my clients choices, but for my clients to experience feeling respected, listened to and treated with dignity and kindness, this can sometimes be a new and powerful experience, often a first in that persons lifetime.

This can often have a profound affect on my clients and can allow them to share with me the experiences and events they have never spoken of with anyone else before and by doing so help them to unlock their feelings. My clients have spoken of feeling a sense of relief after their first session, this maybe because the initial nervousness of the unknown has gone or because a weight has been lifted from them by beginning the process that will hopefully lead them to a more fulfilled life.

I believe by acting and behaving in the ways I have described, I can give my clients the best possible conditions in which they can feel safe enough to explore and come to some understanding of what has happened to them and how they have developed into the person they are today.

Once this trust and safety has been established, the process of unravelling old patterns of behaviour can begin to take place, I aim to support them with their goals and whatever changes they hope to make.

Being a person-centred therapist has involved me in both theoretical and practical training, including experiencing many hours of personal therapy myself, so I do know how difficult it can be for that first meeting with a therapist, and I do my very best to put my clients at ease. Most of lifes problems originate when we try to force ourselves to behave in ways that are not true to our real selves, and often the work we do in therapy is rediscovering just who we really are, what it is we really want and how to achieve this the best way we can.

Training, qualifications & experience

Diploma in Counselling Supervision
Diploma in the Theory and Practice of Counselling
Level 3 certificate in Counselling Skills
Level 2 certificate in Introductory Counselling Skills
Understanding and Working with Sexual Abuse
Working with the Personal and Inter-Personal Effects of Sexual Abuse in Family Therapy
Understanding and Supporting People who Self-Harm
Working with Clients who have experienced Rape and Sexual Assault
How to work Creatively with Young People, Children and Adults who are survivors of Abuse/Trauma
Working with and Supporting People living with or escaping Domestic Abuse/Violence
Pesso Boyden Therapy
Drugs and Alcohol Awareness
Child Sexual Exploitation
Solution Focused Brief Therapy
Introduction to Transactional Analysis
Working with Touchstones
Working with Trauma
Level 4 City and Guilds Award in Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector

As you can see from the different courses and qualifications that I have gained over the years I do not specialise in one area and I have a wide range of experience in many different areas. I have come to understand from my clients that every person who attends counselling is dealing with some form of loss, whether it is the loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, a sense of trust, some part of that person has been lost, and the process of counselling is about understanding and having some acceptance of that loss to enable us to move forward.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


The first session is at a reduced rate of £20, this is in order for you to decide if you feel you would benefit from us working together. If you decide not to proceed after this initial session there would be no pressure on you to continue.

Individual fees £40 per hour

Trainee Counsellor fees £30 per hour

Couples fees £60 for 1.5 hours

Supervision fees for qualified Counsellors £35 per hour

Supervision fees for trainee Counsellors £30 per hour

Further information


One of the areas of my practice that I find very rewarding is the educating, developing and supportive role of the supervisor. To be able to offer a collaborative space for my supervisee's to reflect upon the content and process of their work, to help them develop their understanding and skills, to see other perspectives and to receive feedback in a non judgemental environment, and to ensure my supervisee are working safely and not left to carry difficulties alone, which may arise from ethical breaches, dilemmas and difficult boundary situations.

I have been fortunate to have attended training sessions with Robin Shohet, the co author of Supervision in the Helping Professions.

Thank you for taking the time to read my profile, please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like to book an initial meeting or need further information.

Maps & Directions

Lancashire, BB12 8JY

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair access: Unspecified


The Service is available Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm. Saturday morning by prior arrangement.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme