Helen Baker Counselling in Sidmouth, East Devon

Experience and qualifications

I am an experienced counsellor and Accredited member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). My accredited status is a professional recognition of the quality of my practice and my high standards of knowledge, experience and development.

I work with adults of all ages and teenagers. Alongside my private practice, I work as a counsellor at Exeter College with Higher Education Students and lecture in counselling at the College, delivering courses to adults who wish to develop their listening skills or who aspire to be counsellors in the future. I am also a qualified supervisor and trained in relationship counselling.

At Exeter College, I work with young adults and much of this therapy focuses on anxiety, depression, relationships and study-related issues. Prior to this, I worked with teenagers as a counsellor in a secondary school in Devon. The pupils presented with a variety of issues including: self-harm, eating disorders, relationships, sexuality, panic attacks and self-esteem.

I also work with an established health programme, supporting clients who have issues with their body image, weight and/or fitness.

My counselling experience includes being part of an NHS Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT) team, where I worked with adults of all ages living in West Dorset. The focus of much of this work was anxiety, depression and health-related concerns.

I have also worked as a counsellor with ARC, a GP-referred community counselling service in East Devon, committed to providing essential talking therapies to patients of all ages. My work at ARC focused on personal loss, bereavement, anxiety and depression with many of my clients being of advanced years.

I hold an additional qualification in Youth Mental Health and have chosen to undertake further training to enhance my work with LGBT clients.

Prior to training as a counsellor, my professional career was in education, working as a qualified teacher and special needs advocate. I am mother to two sons and a daughter who are all now young adults.

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