From September 2017 Helen Inman will be based at the Rendezvous every Thursday as our ‘counsellor-in-residence’ providing low cost counselling support for young people to the age of 25.
Helen has worked with young people since 1997 when she became a Community Artist and Workshop Facilitator, before moving into education where she was a Primary School Teacher in Cairo and North London and responsible for introducing Forest School education in Hackney in 2006. Helen trained to become a counsellor and Psychotherapist in London and then Somerset and has been working for Help! Counselling for over four years. Most recently she’s been working with young people living in the Street and Glastonbury area where she is based in the local GP surgeries and has been developing the service to initiating a new project which will provide a Shepherd’s hut for rural environmental therapeutic work on a farm.
These sessions go beyond the service offered by the Rendezvous and a charge is made based on what you can afford. Low cost sessions are available for those who need them most and are only made possible because Helen believes that counselling should be available to as many people who need it. Others pay a fair rate in line with what they can afford. Most clients pay in the region of £25 – private sessions are normally in the region of £40 to £50). The Rendezvous has arranged access to some of these low cost sessions and if cost is a concern then please contact either Helen Inman or the Rendezvous to see what help might be available.
If you, or someone you know, would benefit from counselling sessions with Helen then you simply fill in a form and email it directly to Helen or drop a hard copy into the Rendezvous in a sealed envelope marked for her attention. She will get in touch.
Please note that this is a confidential service and independent of the Rendezvous but, the same rules apply – if the counsellor is worried about your safety or the safety of others then there is a legal obligation to report it.
What can counselling help with?
- School refusal
- Loss and bereavement
- Family issues
- Family break ups
- Friendship issues
- Body issues
- Sexual and gender issues
- Suicidal thoughts
- Eating and food issues and disorders
Parent testimonial – “My daughter was suffering from severe anxiety, feeling depressed and had very low self-esteem. she had stopped doing all the things she loved doing and was terribly unhappy, and although she tried daily sometimes multiple times a day to go into school found herself unable to get out of the car and had missed weeks of schooling.
So we sought counselling and found Helen, I am so grateful we did. Helen has a natural empathy with people. Her calm, compassionate nature are evident to see. Helen helped my daughter to recognise and understand her feelings and anxieties. She gave her techniques and strategies to manage and overcome her difficulties, to believe in herself. My daughter is back at school all day every day. She is happy and confident. I have no doubt that Helen has had a large part to play in how my daughter is today. A wonderful, professional counsellor i would highly recommend.”
Young person testimonial – “When I first came to see Helen I was very lonely, even though I had lots of people around me. I was very emotional, crying during much of my first few sessions, I had suicidal thoughts and felt I had no future. She helped me see I wasn’t alone and that I have love and support around me. Helen has helped me look at issues in my life from a different and wider perspective, developing my self awareness and allowing me to see a bigger picture.
My relationships with my parents has been hugely helped by the work we have done together. It feels like she has been a safety net for my relationship with my family. I could only imagine when we began working together, just over 6 months ago, that my relationship with my Mum and Dad could heal, but it has. It has healed and become stronger.
Through working with Helen I have been able to review and reflect on my choices, and subsequently make better ones, realising I deserve better. Through building my confidence by developing my relationship with myself I can stand for what I believe in, rather than just being rebellious. I have found my own voice and I am getting to know my own mind, finding out who I am rather than what others want me to be.
Having worked with Helen I can now see myself having a bright future. From living in the YMCA surrounded by other challenged young people living in poverty with mental health issues, issues around addiction and substance misuse, I have returned to my family home. I have developed emotional resilience and stability and i can now say I am a lot more confident, I feel I know what I deserve and what I am worthy of. I am able to discern what good relationships are and how to maintain them.
There is still work to do but I am proud of how far I have come and what I have made of myself. I never thought I could come this far without giving up, and I have!“
Parent testimonial – “Helen has helped, and continues to help all three of our children come to terms with various confidence, low self esteem and eating disorders. I cannot recommend her highly enough. She empowers them to take control and helps them charter a path through the turbulent teenage years, particularly in this modern era of social media.
I don’t think we could have coped without her, and our children are far better adjusted. It helps them so much to have an objective view, and Helen provides that, with excellent insight into family dynamics.” CY – Parent
Young person testimonial – “I first came to see Helen after having an emotional breakdown in college. I suddenly realised I didn’t understand what I was doing, I was really behind with my assignments, and perhaps most shockingly of all, I didn’t want to actually do what I was aiming for! Shortly after this happened I had an issue with a girl I really liked. My self esteem and confidence were badly knocked by this as well. I was significantly underweight, I was anxious, I was really stressed and I didn’t know what to do.
I don’t suffer so badly with anxiety and when do its much less severe than before. I have learnt about relationships and the world in general. I have learnt breathing techniques to relax me which I have been able to use in troubling times. When I have felt unsettled and vulnerable and they have enabled me to calm down and feel better and continue with the activity or in the environment where I was. In the past I would have removed myself from these situations as the anxiety and distress would have overwhelmed me. I have been able to develop and improve my relationships with my family. I feel more open to speak to girls now…”
Registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Membership number 732168 / Register number is 097677