Stepping Stones Practice
Helen has a warm and gentle approach in her counselling and works closely with individuals to provide a safe and supportive space. She utilises a variety of evidence-based treatments including family therapy; individual therapy; adolescent focused therapy; emotion focused therapy and motivational interviewing. Helen is passionate, empathic, open minded and creates an environment that allows individuals to feel safe and supported to help them take control back of their life.
We know that eating disorders can not only take over a young person's life, but affects the whole family. Helen specialises in anorexia nervosa, however also works with bulimia nervosa, binge eating disorder, and ARFID. We provide family-based therapy; adolescent-focused therapy, individualised counselling services; emotion focused therapy and ACT.
Eating Disorders & Anxiety
Depression and anxiety are becoming increasingly common amongst young people. It is important to address these mental health disorders early on to manage this quickly. Let us work with you and/or your child to assist with teaching the successful ways to manage this.
Parent & Family Counselling
Our Parent and Family Counselling service aims to prevent family breakdowns by working directly with parents, families, and young people to assist in resolving conflict and improve relationships (often fractured with eating disorders). We assist with relationship difficulties so that you can feel more confident in managing issues concerning your children and family.
Peer Support/Bullying/School refusal
There are various forms of bullying; verbal, social, physical, and cyber. Any one of these forms of bullying can have a serious impact on a child’s mental state. It is therefore important that young people have a safe space to voice their feelings and experiences before any serious long-term effects take place.
Eating Disorders & Trauma
There is now substantial evidence between eating disorders, particularly bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder, and trauma. In many cases, individuals will often use eating disorders as a coping mechanism to try and 'block out' painful experiences. Helen takes a holistic approach to care in order to work with individuals so that they can learn to replace eating disorder behaviours with other coping strategies.
Turning into Teens Program
This 5 session program has been designed for parents of adolescents aged 12 - 20. This program will assist with issues like; being better at talking with your teen, understanding your teen, learning how to manage their emotions, preventative behaviour, and how to deal with conflict. Get in contact to find out when our next program is taking place.
Body Image & Self Esteem
Is your teen suffering from low self esteem no matter what you say to them? It’s common for teenagers to have a low opinion of themselves and often compare themselves to others, and judge themselves as inferior. Regardless of the factors contributing to your teen’s low self-esteem- whether it be body image, school pressures or generally a lack of confidence in self, Helen can assist to address the underlying emotions so as to help them develop a healthy relationship with themselves.
Our 'tuning into teens' program through emotion coaching can assist parents and carers to become aware of the young person’s emotion, view their emotions as opportunities for connecting and teaching so as to assist in re-building the relationship.
Helen specialises in family based therapy (FBT) for anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and ARFID as well offers family and parent therapy for other issues - these include fractures in family relationships; communication difficulties and conflict.
Emotional Focused Family Therapy
Emotionally Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) follows the principles and practices of Emotionally Focused Therapy to restore connection and promote resilience in family relationships. The principle goal of EFFT is to re-establish more secure family patterns and assist to repair emotional bonds. Helen is trained in EFFT and uses this as part of her therapy approach.
Nutrition for Adolescents
Helen Dean has created an educational talk all about the importance of nutrition for adolescents. This talk touches on; immunity against various diseases, brain development, and activity levels – all of which can be improved with the right nutritional balance. Get in contact with Helen today to arrange a talk in your school.
Improving Health & Wellbeing
Did you know that half of all mental disorders emerge by the time people are 14 years old? This is why it’s so important to be promoting mental health wellbeing in your school. Helen has created a talk for students on how to improve their health & wellbeing which will noy only aid in their educational journey, but also build them with skills and confidence to self-seek help if needed.
How young people think and feel about their bodies and the way they look can affect their mental health in a both positive and negative way. Did you know that 1 in 5 students say they have missed school because they feel they don’t look good enough? Helen Dean has developed a school presentation, especially around the subject of body image, where she reinforces positive body image messaging and explores the pros and cons of social media.