About

My experience includes working with: personal development, stress, trauma, relationships, workplace difficulties (including grievance and bullying), career transition, chronic illness, compulsive behaviours, anxiety, bereavement, depression, abuse and neglect.

 

How I work

I work with you to explore your experience in the present, both what is difficult for you and what works. By raising your awareness of your own process, it is possible to become more choiceful in your life rather than stuck in fixed patterns. My work tends to focus more on the how you think, feel and behave rather than the why. However, through the work, ‘unfinished business’ can emerge from the past that underlies fixed ways of being: this can then be completed.  

My approach is relational, meaning therapy is very much a shared undertaking where I try to meet you as one human being to another. I aim to make sense with you of your experience in a way that matches what the world feels like to you, as a unique individual. 

I work holistically, based on my training and personal experience of the interwoven nature of the psychological and the physical. The whole of your experience is considered important: your thoughts, feelings, body sensations, fantasies; the environment or ‘other’; the relationship between them.  

Sometimes I may suggest creative ‘experiments’ to enhance awareness. You may choose to move, to draw, to say a phrase with more energy, whatever is appropriate in the moment. Dreams are also welcome, and I offer support for clients to attend to all aspects of their dreams and discover what they mean to them. 

Getting started

When you make contact, we will arrange a time to meet for a consultation. This first meeting allows us to explore in more detail what has brought you to counselling now and how you hope it can help. It is also an opportunity to check out if I am the right therapist for you: this matters because the relationship between counsellor/therapist and client is a key aspect for a successful therapy outcome. 

If we decide to work together, we will agree the ongoing day and time to meet each week. We will also discuss key details such as cancellation of sessions, holiday, confidentiality and fees.

There is no obligation to continue after the initial consultation. If, for any reason, I believe that I am not the most appropriate therapist for you, I will provide details for other services and/or therapists that might suit you better.

My training and experiencePhoto of Helen

I have worked in London with clients for over 8 years, initially in charitable and/or NHS funded counselling services. I am skilled in building effective long-term therapeutic relationships, as well as working to shorter time-limited models e.g. 12 sessions.  

My core training is an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy (Metanoia Institute, Middlesex University).

I have also recently completed an advanced psychotherapy qualification focussed on how our physical movement patterns relate to the roots of our psychological development.

My previous training includes a Certificate in Counselling Skills (WPF, London). 

Contract & fee details

The fee for an initial consultation is £45 for a 50 minute session.

My standard fee is then £65 per session.

I also have a limited number of lower-cost places for people in financial difficulty e.g.  reliant on benefits.  This would be discussed at initial consultation.

Safety, confidentiality and ethics

I abide by the Code of Ethics of the UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy) as a full member and by the Metanoia Code of Ethics. My work is regularly supervised and  my practice is fully insured. 

 Sessions are completely confidential except under the following three circumstances: 

  • I will discuss my work with my clinical supervisor regularly. This is standard clinical practice and enables me to work as well as I can with you. My supervisor is also bound by the same codes of ethics and confidentiality. He/she will not know your identity other than your first name. 
  • If I believe you are at urgent risk of harming yourself or others, I reserve the right to break confidentiality in order to prevent harm. I would only do this in extreme circumstances and I will always try to discuss this with you first, before taking any action. 
  • If required by a court of law to give evidence (e.g. in criminal proceedings). 

More about me

I have worked in the corporate and public sector in IT/digital, management and organisational change roles for over 25 years. I continue to work part-time in the public sector alongside my psychotherapy practice. One of the reasons I choose to do this is to support my therapy work through up to date experience of a more ‘typical’ workplace environment.