Helen Townsend | Accredited Professional Counsellor |… | NCPS

Helen Townsend

Member Status: Accredited Professional

Member No: NCS19-08243

Location: Bromsgrove


With over 20 years of counselling experience, I initially supported colleagues in a corporate environment, gradually expanding to diverse sectors such as education, voluntary work, and private practice.

Currently managing my private practice, I offer counselling for Children & Young People (CYP) and Adults, both online and in-person.

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, I co-established a nationwide service providing free emotional support to frontline workers/healthcare professionals in the UK.

As an accredited Psychotherapist, I adhere to ethical codes set by the National Counselling & Psychotherapy Society (NCPS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).

In adult counselling, I tailor my approach to the client's needs, providing a confidential space to explore thoughts and feelings. My goal is to assist clients in managing emotions, expressing them healthily, developing a positive life attitude, and recognising and utilising their strengths.

Specialising in counselling young people, I hold a post-qualification Certificate in Counselling Young People. I work with individuals aged 10 and above, addressing issues like self-esteem, coping with anxieties, bullying, and peer pressure.

My expertise extends to handling suicidal thoughts and self-harm, incorporating creative methods like play, art, and crafts to encourage expression and insight into the unconscious mind.

I adapt my approach based on the preferences of the young clients, emphasising flexibility without imposing decisions, advice, or beliefs.

Being on a CYPT accredited register underscores my competency and training standards when working with CYP clients.

  • Qualifications & Experience
    • Certificate in Counselling Skills - Level 2
    • Diploma in Youth Counselling - Level 3
    • CPCAB Diploma of Therapeutic Counselling – Level 4
    • Anger, Rage & Relationships CPD
    • Licensed to deliver CRUSH training CPD
    • Mindfulness Workshop CPD
    • EMDR Overview CPD
    • Brief Therapy (Gestalt) CPD
    • Mental Health, Presentation, Medication & Counselling CPD
    • PODS – Trauma & The Body: Somatisation & Dissociation CPD
    • StopSO – Crossing the Line CPD
    • Counselling Young People Certificate
    • The Web of Shame in the Therapeutic Space CPD
    • GDPR & the Impact on Therapeutic Practice CPD
    • Metaphor & Creative Therapy CPD
    • Cognitive & Behavioural Therapy Evolution CPD
    • Lets talk about sex! CPD
    • Loss & Grief CPD
    • Advanced Diploma in Counselling Supervision - Level 7
    • Working with bereavement and complex grief CPD
    • Disclosure, Safeguarding & Pre-Trial Therapy CPD
    • Moving Your Practice Online - Covid19 Telehealth Kate Anthony CPD
    • The Body Keeps the Score (Bessell van de Kolk) - Trauma & Body Based Approach CPD
    • BrainWorking Recursive Therapy® (BWRT®) Level 1 Registered Practitioner
    • Treating Intrusive Thoughts CPD
    • Sex after Sexual Trauma CPD
    • Polyvagal Theory CPD
    • Tavistock – Trauma & COVID training CPD
    • Trauma 1: Safe & Effective Trauma Therapy Essentials CPD
    • Trauma 2: how to achieve Safety & Stabilisation CPD
    • Trauma 3: Dissociation & Complex PTSD CPD
    • Trauma 4: Working with Trauma - Vicarious Trauma, Burnout & Compassion Fatigue CPD
    • Treating Intrusive Thoughts & the Inner Critical Voice CPD
    • New Pre Trial Therapy Guidance CPD
    • Understanding SCoPEd CPD
    • BACP CYP Conference
    • Adult Attachment & Relationship: what it means for therapy CPD
    • Working Psychotherapeutically with Eating Disorders CPD
    • The Absent Father: The Unacknowledged Wound CPD
    • NCPS CYP Conference
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • Ageing and related issues
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Children / teenagers
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Driving tests
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • IBS / Digestive Issues
    • Illness and dying
    • Job interviews
    • Mindfulness
    • Neurodiversity
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Stop smoking
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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