I’m Helen – Counsellor and fellow human being
You might want to know more about how I work, about my training and it is important you know I am qualified, insured and I am registered with the BACP. It is even more important you know how I can help you. I am a humanistic counsellor, with lived experience of trauma and loss, integrating Gestalt, Person Centred and Transactional Analysis. In practice that means:
- I listen without judgement
- Working holistically, in the belief that your mind and body are interdependent and directly influence the health of one another
- You will not be defined by a diagnostic or mental health label
- I believe in co-creating a working relationship acknowledging that you are the expert in yourself and your life
- We will work together according to your explicit requirements and we will contract around what your needs from therapy are, how you will achieve them and how you will know when your needs have been met.
- Furthermore, I believe that you and your experiences of life are unique, you are worthy of respect and you have the ability to reach your full potential for positive change
How I work
Our work can be short or long term. Sessions take place weekly at an agreed time and last 50 minutes. My mode of work is to listen, support, empathise and gently challenge to help you find greater clarity around your issue and find a way through.
Clinical research shows that being in nature is good for our mental health. Therefore, I offer my clients the opportunity to participate in ‘walk-and-talk’ therapy on the beach, just 100 metres from my office. There are a number of reasons why this type of counselling works so well. For example, bi-lateral movement, light cardio exercise and the sense of freedom that being outdoors offers are good for our minds, bodies and hearts. I believe that human beings have not fully evolved to the enclosed lives we now lead, sitting indoors with our tech devices. As a result being outdoors taps into a basic human need to make contact with our natural environment.
In addition, I use Polyvagal Theory which allows us to utilise our autonomic nervous systems to overcome physical stress and distress. You will learn to be proactive in the regulation of your body’s experience. As a result, you will overcome physiological symptoms, such as panic attacks, flashbacks, chronic pain, palpitations & sleeplessness. We may work with your dreams, with objects or using visualisation. At all times I will respect your right to decline the use of these types of intervention. Above all, this is your therapy. In practicality, you will be an active participant in creating your path to a thriving life.
“Being vulnerable is not the same as being weak.”
Qualifications and Training
I participate in regular continuous professional development and have outlined certified qualifications and training below:
- Diploma in Humanistic Integrative Counselling (Accredited by BACP)
- Foundation in Trauma and Recovery (Wealden Institute)
- Certificate in Trauma Therapy (Wealden Institute)
- TA 101 (Accredited by UKATA)
- Certificate in Counselling and Communication Skills
- Bodywork in Counselling & Psychotherapy (Wealden Institute)
- More than Words – Using Creativity in Counselling (STCH)
- IDT – An introduction to Interactive Drawing Therapy (STCH)
- Equality and Diversity for Health & Social Care (MeLearning – CPD Accredited)
- Safeguarding Levels 1 & 2 (MeLearning – CPD Accredited)
- Abuse Related to Beliefs in Witchcraft (MeLearning – CPD Accredited)
- Introduction to death, dying and grief (OU – Open University)
- Counselling online: A Coronavirus primer (OU & BACP)