Helen Fairburn
Counsellor in York

About Me

I am an experienced, compassionate and professionally qualified counsellor and NLP practitioner based in York. I work with young people aged 16+ and adults who are experiencing a range of difficulties. I combine the therapeutic benefits of counselling with the more solution focused approached of NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) for helping bring about positive change. I am also trained in Mental Health First Aid, Safeguarding and Applied Suicide Intervention Skills.

I hold a Postgraduate Diploma in Counselling from York St John University.   During my studies I worked as a volunteer counsellor at York Mind. I then moved into various paid roles managing an adult Mentoring Service and also working as Project lead on the Action Towards Inclusion project, which offers holistic support to enable people to movie closer to gaining employment.  Alongside my private practice I currently manage the young people's counselling (aged 16 to 25) service at York Mind, and previous to this longer-term support service for adults (18 +) and specific support for people in a caring role.  Prior to training to become a counsellor I was a Civil Servant for just under 20 years, working across varied project and staff management roles. This provided me with much personal experience of the daily stressors and pressures that we can face in seeking that all important work life balance, especially as a full-time working parent. During this time I trained as a Practitioner of NLP. It was this learning and recognising the positive impact that self-understanding and awareness can offer, and a desire be able to offer this experience to others, that led me to train as a professional counsellor.  

Professional Membership

I am a registered member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy).  This means that I work in accordance with the BACP Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy. I am required to maintain a high standard of ongoing training and development and attend monthly clinical supervision to ensure that my practice meets the professional standard that you should expect. I also hold an up to date enhanced DBS certificate.