Helen Pearce

Helen Pearce

Registered Member MBACP

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Therapist - Stroud

Stroud GL5
Sessions from £50.00


  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

I am a qualified integrative counsellor and I run a private practice in Stroud, Gloucestershire.

I believe that the therapeutic process is collaborative. I offer you a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which, together, we can explore and untangle difficulties in your life so that you can begin to make changes and find a way forward.

My practice is trauma-informed. I am aware of the profound impact that trauma can have on individuals and on all of us collectively. I also believe deeply in our resilience as human beings, and our ability to heal in the right environment with the right support. I focus on collaborating with my clients, empowering them, ensuring they always feel safe.

I am trained as an integrative counsellor meaning I hold in mind and draw upon different theories depending on what I feel would benefit each individual client. The main theories I integrate in my practice are: psychodynamic theories, specifically Object Relations and Attachment Theory, Gestalt and Transactional Analysis.

My approach is also relational which means that along with the issues you bring to explore in therapy, I’m interested in the relationship between us, as well as the ways in which you relate to yourself and others in your life. Our relationship can provide us with valuable insight into unconscious patterns of thinking and behaviour so they can be understood and challenged.

I have experience working with depression, anxiety, domestic abuse, childhood sexual abuse, rape, bereavement, family and relationship difficulties, alcohol problems, anger, eating disorders, existential issues and self-esteem issues. However, I have a particular passion for, and interest in, the postnatal period, pregnancy loss, breastfeeding grief, birth trauma and the journey into motherhood.

Practice description

I offer long, medium and short-term counselling in Stroud and online. I regularly see a confidential clinical supervisor to support my work and have full professional insurance.

My first session

It is completely natural to feel some apprehension, fear, anxiety, or discomfort when considering starting counselling.

Our first session will be an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about the process and my way of working. I will also ask you to go into a bit more detail about why you’ve decided to come for counselling and what you hope to get out of it.

Importantly, the first session is your opportunity to get a sense of whether or not you are comfortable with me and would like to work with me. There is no obligation.

If we agree to work together, sessions are then held weekly for 50 minutes.

What I can help with

Abuse, Anxiety, Bereavement, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Identity issues, Infertility, Loss, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues, Work related issues

Types of therapy

Humanistic, Integrative, Psychodynamic, Relational

Clients I work with

Adults, Trainee

How I deliver therapy

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