Hi, I’m Helen. Usually I am a counsellor in Hockley, central Nottingham (NG1) and central Loughborough (LE11) but in these extraordinary times (I prefer to call it 'The Month of Sundays' because 'Lockdown' sounds so miserable) I am seeing clients who feel comfortable doing so, from my counselling room in Loughborough, by phone, Skype, FaceTime or Zoom.
I work with adults, young people and children aged 6+.
I offer a safe, confidential and professional therapeutic counselling relationship where you can express and explore your feelings, enabling you to make changes and live your best life. I believe in the ability of each individual to thrive and make positive changes, and the power of a strong therapeutic relationship as a tool for healing and personal growth. Every client is unique, so no two therapeutic relationships are the same. I won't squeeze you into a system. I want to understand your world, your story, your experiences and help you thrive.
Life can be hectic and full, or, at the moment, strange, unstructured and worrying. Stuck at home without your usual routine you might find yourself coming face to face with feelings and coping mechanisms you hoped you'd left behind. Even if you are feeling that there's no physical space for you you can feel alone with problems. And there's so much pressure to be seen to perform, to succeed, to look great and to be happy! A potentially fatal virus is a constant threat. You might also be home-schooling children, adapting to working at home, lonely, feeling ashamed or guilty because you're not keeping up with your endlessly chirpy and productive social media contacts, realising that your relationship isn't right for you any more, even feeling guilty because you're doing ok! You're doing your best to keep going but there's no blueprint for 'how to live in lockdown' and there is more uncertainty about the future than before.
We are experiencing what many people call 'crazy times' at the moment and that can have many effects, perhaps problems intensifying or new problems around work, relationships, anxiety, loss and fear emerging. I also know people who are realising that life is for living and want to leave less comfortable feelings with someone safe as they turn towards the future.
I offer a free 1/2 hour consultation, at the moment by phone, Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, where you can ask any questions and get a feel for how it might be to work with me.
In normal times, if we decide to work together we'd meet weekly either at the Nottingham Counselling Service building (NG1), or central Loughborough (LE11), starting with an assessment of your needs and situation, reviewing how things are going regularly, until we feel our work is done. At the moment we would have to work electronically, either transferring to face to face meetings or continuing as we started if that actually works better for you.
I work one to one with adults, young people and children aged 6 and over, who bring a wide range of concerns to counselling. These include, but are not limited to, illness, bereavement, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, OCD, anger, anxiety, trauma, addictions, PTSD, difficult or abusive relationships, loneliness, over or under-eating, depression, suicidal thoughts, work, family or study stress. I am a member of the BACP and involved in regular CPD.
Give me a call or drop me an email and find out how counselling can help you.