Counsellor - Young Persons Over 9 yrs
Helen is an Accredited BACP registered counsellor working with young people.
Helen Fairmaner is an Accredited BACP registered counsellor who works with young people (9+) in relation to a wide variety of presenting issues such as anxiety and stress, anger, trauma, loss, depression, facing illness, eating disorders, and relationship difficulties.
Helen has experience of counselling within in both primary and secondary schools.
She believes that trying to talk about things that are private, upsetting or difficult can be daunting and feel risky, yet knows from personal experience how transformative it can be to talk at these times. As a counsellor she aims to provide a secure and confidential, warm and accepting environment in which people can have the time, space and support to explore the difficulties in their life and find meaningful ways forward.
She uses an integrative counselling model, drawing from a variety of approaches that allows her to tailor counselling to each person’s unique needs. Her approach is informed by models of human development. She enjoys working with children and teenagers, but also with parents who are finding it hard to deal with their child’s issues and want to find ways of shifting the family dynamic.
Helen’s work with children is done through relational play. Play is a child’s way of learning how to relate to others, how to explore emotions and thoughts, how to behave, move and take action. Play can include board games, humorous games, soft toys, puppets, role play, crafts or drawing.
She acknowledges that it can take time to build the trust needed for children to feel confident enough to share difficult things with her and likes to use her playful nature to create a warm, accepting and fun environment for children. Helen is experienced in balancing the confidentiality of her work with children with the need that parents may have for guidance and support.
Helen believes that, contrary to popular opinion, our teenage years are a crucial time of development that involves significant personal growth, creativity and fresh thinking.
She has experience of working with young people to help them navigate the challenges of school and family life. Whilst she welcomes the support of parents in referring their teenager for help it is important that the young person makes the decision to engage in counselling for themselves. It is important that the sessions are confidential, and she respects the decisions teenagers may make in how they share information with their parents, whilst being mindful of safeguarding issues.
Helen has an honours degree in counselling from the University of Roehampton and she is an Accredited registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), working at all times within their ethical framework. Helen is committed to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and regular supervision, which ensures the quality of her work is maintained.
BA (Hons) Counselling
Trained with Place2Be (primary aged children)
Registered Member MBACP (Accred)