Helen Downs | Accredited Counsellor | Verwood | NCPS

Helen Downs

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS17-05141

Location: Verwood

"I initially qualified as a Diagnostic Radiographer and spent many years working in busy departments including being the manager of an MRI unit where I found that I utilised my ability to actively listen and engage with people effectively and easily. I then progressed into working with people living with dementia and assisted them with the many challenges they and their families face.

I have previously volunteered as a Samaritan for two years and feel comfortable exploring the experiences of Suicidal thoughts, and intentions of both the person and those who have been lost a loved one to suicide.
I have personal experience in neurodiverse individuals both personally and professionally and the anxiety, including social anxiety, which often manifests in this.
Qualifying as a Hypnotherapist, counsellor and then as a Psychotherapist, has consolidated my experiences, understanding and ability to effectively assist people with their presenting issues. I have a particular interest with personal and professional experience, CPD and qualifications in Addiction and Trauma in its various states from childhood through to more recent events.
I also work closely with the LGBT+ communities and clients in assisting them with the issues they face, both now and historically, with regards to Identity, Gender, Sexuality, Diversity and Questioning and also through the individuals journey and transitions.
I believe passionately about the therapy fitting the clients needs and have acquired and developed additional qualifications to ensure that the tool box is well equipped to assist in achieving the clients best outcomes including Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Person Centred, CBT, and NLP
Using my professional and personal experience in a diverse range of areas I have developed into an empathetic friendly client centred therapist who is able to work with clients with a varying range of issues. Assisting clients in the discovery, exploration and development of their authentic self is an empowering process for the clients and is a privilege to be part of their journey."

  • Qualifications & Experience
    Bsc ( Hons ) Radiographic Science.
    Diploma Cert Hyp CS in Hypnotherapy and Counselling skills.
    Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapy
    Dip Cert L4 - Counselling ST
    Dip Cert L3 - Transactional Analysis
    Dip Cert L3 - Gestalt Therapy
    Dip Cert L4 - Mst Practitioner NLP

    CPD - certificate in Suicide Prevention
    CPD - certificates in Trauma & PTSD in Adults & Children.
    CPD - certificates in Inner Child & Analytical Hypnotherapy.
    CPD - Diploma of Professional study - Hypnotherapy for Children.
    CPD - certificate in Counselling Clients On Line
  • What I can help with
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adolescence
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autistic Spectrum Disorders
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Carers
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Emotional issues
    • Family
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • Mindfulness
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
    • Young people and children
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