Style of Counselling
Helen's style of counselling is designed to help you to explore your concerns and come to new awareness and understanding about them. The aim is to help you find fresh perspectives and see more clearly the choices, possibilities and changes you might wish to make.
As an Integrative counsellor, Helen draws on a variety of different approaches and methods to suit each individual person.
What Happens in the Sessions?
No issue is too small or too great to bring to counselling. It is common to feel apprehensive about seeing a counsellor or to worry about what will happen. Helen's style is warm, approachable and sensitive and there is no right thing for you to say or do. There will be plenty of opportunity to discuss the techniques used and any questions you may have.
Counselling is not about someone telling you what to do - it is about working through issues together, in ways which help you to clarify and understand more about your situation and how you would like things to be. You can then explore how to get to this happier state.
The sessions will usually be interactive where Helen will share her observations and feedback with you, rather than be a 'blank screen'. She will negotiate the direction of the work with you, rather than expect you to know how the sessions are to unfold. She will not be analysing you or telling you what you should do, but may share ideas and new perspectives with you. She may also offer worksheets or exercises for you to take away so that you can reflect on the work between sessions.
How Long will it Take?
At the initial consultation, Helen will explain her methods and see whether you think you can work together. It is important that you feel safe and comfortable with a counsellor, as well as getting an impression of whether the methods and style may be useful to you.
Helen may suggest up to six sessions initially, which can then be extended where appropriate. Sessions are generally once a week at the same time. You can end the arrangement at any time, although this will usually be discussed together.
Counselling can help with:
Terms and Conditions for Counselling and Life-Coaching
You will required to pay for your session in advance by cheque or cash.
Re-scheduling, cancellations and missed appointments
If you need to re-schedule an appointment, 24 hours notice is required. If you fail to attend an appointment, without giving two hours notice, you will be charged the full fee. If you are late for your appointment, it will still end at the original appointed time.
Helen works under a strict ‘Ethical Framework for Good Practice’ established by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). It outlines the ways in which counselling and life-coaching should be conducted.
Whilst she is not entitled to divulge any information or details told to me under normal circumstances, if she felt you were in immediate danger to yourself, or to any other person,she would need to consider involving another person/agency.She would always try to discuss this with you first and this would only apply in extreme circumstances.
Both parties need to recognise the limitations of counselling and life-coaching and both reserve the right to end the agreement with two weeks’ notice.
In accordance with BACP regulations all counsellors are required to receive Supervision of their counselling. A supervisor is someone consulted regularly to discuss work and offer support and guidance. In this setting some details of your situation may be discussed, but your name will not be mentioned, so that confidentiality is preserved. A supervisor never attends sessions and you will never be introduced to this person.
Helen is currently offering supervision to counsellors and listeners. If you are interested in supervision, please contact Helen by e-mail.
What happens next?
If you agree to these Terms and Conditions please contact Helen by phone or email confirming you are interested, and decide when you would like to make your first
appointment. Once this is agreed, you can then send a cheque payable to Helen Allott (I will send you the address) to cover the first session at the current rates. She will email/call you on receipt
of your payment and confirm the start date for your counselling or life-coaching.
Please note, Helen reserves the right to decline a request for counselling or life-coaching without give a reason. In this event she will return your payment to the address you have provided.
If you want more detailed information or answers to specific queries, please feel free to email . It is important that you feel confident and comfortable with the Terms and Conditions.
‘Professional and intelligent but Helen is always approachable’. A client
‘Oh that this too, too solid flesh would melt’. (William Shakespeare)
Helen has had a special interest in helping clients in eating distress since 1997. She is a professional member of the Eating Disorders Association and has also attended the North-East Eating Disorder Forum, based in Newcastle Royal Victoria Infirmary. Helen has participated in their training courses for practitioners and is currently working as a group counsellor for NIWE Eating Distress Service.
Helen’s approach is person-centred, seeing eating distress as a symptom of deeper concerns as well as a difficulty in itself. Her gentle, non-judgemental approach
seeks to address the inner conflicts as well as the day to day problems with food.
Helen is available for individual counselling with anyone in distress about their eating ,at any level and also for workshops related to eating distress and body image.
‘I can see that I used food to cope. Helen has shown me that I don’t need to, there are other ways of coping’. A client
Helen has worked and trained with Relate since 1995.Her training is psychodynamic and works with the idea that past events, family patterns and childhood experiences can have an impact on current relationships.
Helen is available for individual and couples work and workshops such as: