Blue River Counselling – A Healing journey.
Who am I, Summary
Helen Sewell, BA Hons, Dip. HE, Dip. Couns
Continuing Professional Development:
Counselling Skills Workshop Certificate City University 2016
Safeguarding Adults training, Bristol City Council 2017
Qualifications and Experience in Brief
Diploma in Counselling
Diploma of Higher Education in Language and Communication Sciences
First Class Honours Degree in Linguistics
Helpline volunteer training certificate
Background in care work with vulnerable adults and TEFL teaching. Musician. Helpline worker. Community worker.
The background story
I am a creative person who has a deep love of music and language. I write and perform my own songs, singing and playing guitar. I have a Degree in Linguistics and have spent many years teaching English as a Foreign language. Helping people to communicate through learning a new language and being able to understand the meaning behind what people say I believe leads naturally into the kind of intuitive work that counselling involves.
I also worked in the social care arena for many years with clients from all walks of life and with many difficulties. My love of language and care led me to study language and communication disorders and therapy at City University, London. I gained a Diploma of Higher Education in Language and Communication Sciences in 2006. Unfortunately due to personal circumstances I was unable to fully qualify as a Speech and Language Therapist. However, the course gave me great insight into the impact of a range of physical and communication difficulties. It also gave more in depth knowledge of the skills of therapy.
Having my own struggles in life has helped me to understand others’ feelings more. I’ve been described as non judgemental and thoughtful and I try to bring this to my work. As well as people, I feel a connection with the environment and animals. In particular I like connecting with people that others in society sometimes don’t seem to “get”, such as those with learning disabilities and autism. I work as a supportive volunteer on a helpline, which has been an enriching experience. I have supported people in areas such as self harm and trauma, often related to abuse.
For a long time I had the idea to bring my skills together, and become a counsellor so I undertook a counselling Diploma qualification which I passed with distinction in December 2015. In the near future I plan to introduce the use of music into practice, to help those who find it hard to communicate or express their feelings in words.