Helen Barnes

Helen Barnes

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Brettenham

Brettenham IP7
Sessions from £40.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hi my name is Helen and I work with Adults, Young People, Teenagers and Young Children.  I have a therapy room in a private location, located near Lavenham with free parking. My private therapy room  is where I offer counselling, CBT as well as art and play therapy for younger children.  I offer a safe space.

Covid-19 – Due to the current situation and public health my Play Therapy sessions for younger children is currently on hold. I am offering online counselling via Zoom / Skype and other platforms as well as offering telephone counselling for older children, young people, and adults. (Face to face sessions are extremely limited due to Covid-19). These are tough times and support around mental health is ever more important.

If you feel you would like to gain more self-confidence, a stronger sense of identity, help with anxiety, bullying, exam stress, work/ employment worries /issues, building healthy interpersonal relationships or you feel your child could benefit from receiving some play therapy to help with their emotions, I can help.

I offer warmth, empathy and a safe, confidential therapeutic space to help you explore your feelings in a non-judgemental way, at your own pace. I offer a safe, confidential and caring environment to allow children to explore their thoughts / feelings using art and play.

I am a registered Member of BACP (MBACP) and follow their code of Ethics & Standards.

I understand that approaching a Counsellor could feel daunting, not knowing what to say or ask / wondering is this right for me/my child? That is ok. Please do contact me. I am happy to give a free 20 mins telephone consultation for us to get to know each other and to see if I could be of help to either you or your child. 

I offer a sliding scale fee system, please ask for more details.  I accept therapy payment via; card, bank transfer.

My first session

Counselling Therapy sessions last for 50 mins.  

However, for the first session I like to allow extra time,  up to 90 mins.    This is because of I will be gathering information and there will be forms to complete if you decide to attend therapy with me.  (I do not charge extra for this extra time).

I like my clients to be able to get to know me and for me to get to know them and this session is important for us both to see if I can help you and for you to decide if you would like to attend therapy with me.  Choosing a counsellor is a personal experience and I wish clients to feel safe and comfortable in their first session  so that they can discuss their issues with me, and for us to start to form a  good therapeutic relationship. 

What I can help with

Abuse, Anger management, Anxiety, Autism spectrum, Bereavement, Child related issues, Chronic fatigue syndrome / ME, Depression, Disability, Health related issues, Identity issues, Loss, Post-traumatic stress, Redundancy, Relationships, Self esteem, Sexual identity, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

CBT, Humanistic, Integrative, Person centred, Play therapy, Psychodynamic, Solution focused brief therapy

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, EAP, Older adults, Organisations, Trainee, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited