Hi, my name is Helen Dodds. I am a qualified person-centred Counsellor and a member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy.
As a member of the BACP I am committed to providing an ethical, quality service, demonstrating high levels of professionalism and integrity at all times.
I am a volunteer Macmillan Counsellor where my passion is in helping and supporting clients who are affected by cancer or other life limiting illnesses.
Working through bereavement can often present other interrelated issues such as loss in general, depression, anger management and anxiety, lack of confidence/low self esteem, relationship issues, work issues, smoking cessation/addiction worries, work/life balance, bullying etc and as a trained Counsellor I aspire to support clients who are experiencing any of these issues.
I believe that I am well placed to demonstrate true empathy and understanding on related issues as I journeyed through a ten year illness myself whereby I had to dig deep and find reserves which I was not aware I had. This journey taught me a lot and was in fact one of the springboards which led me into counselling.
I am also currently working with disabled students at two of the Manchester universities and have a wide range of experience working with students who present a whole range of challenging issues.
My work as a Counsellor involves me looking into a client’s past and present issues. It was when clients were coming to the end of their counselling journey that it became apparent to me that some are ready to look at future visions/goals and so my interest in personal development Coaching began. The areas I work closely with being health and wellbeing and career/study.
It is extremely satisfying and a great honour to work with clients who are able to share their personal innermost worries and dreams and this moves me forward in my personal development. I am a certified Smoking Cessation Practitioner as part of an N.H.S initiative and have enrolled on the Diploma in Neuro-linguistic Programming. I also attend regular training sessions at the Macmillan Centre.
I continue to work on my Reiki development and now offer our existing clients complementary reiki sessions with an option to contribute a small amount to the Macmillan Centre.
Prior to this, after obtaining my Law degree, I gained twenty years management experience in a variety of areas, particularly in higher education where my role as a manager enabled me to coach colleagues to perform well and be their very best.
During my time in higher education, I was a volunteer Harassment and Bullying Advisor for 7 years which gave me a real insight into bullying and the significant issues surrounding it.
From the age of 11, I volunteered at my local hospital and also at a local residential home for the elderly which gave me my first insight into issues surrounding the elderly and their families.
Whatever issues are concerning you I very much hope that I can provide help and support to enable you to move forward to a more fulfilling life – which is what we all deserve.