Helen Macdonald - HM Counselling & Psychotherapy
Hi, I'm Helen. I am a qualified counsellor and psychotherapist with experience of working both in the NHS and university mental health services. I am trained in a range of theories, my MSc was in person-centered therapy but prior to this my training was in transactional analysis and attachment based therapies. My practice is very non-directive and I continue to hold an unwavering trust in an individual's ability to find their own path toward health and this is the concept of the actualizing tendency, as described by Carl Rogers -
"Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behavior; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided (Rogers, 1980, A Way of Being, p115)"
I work with adults, young people and children struggling with a whole range of emotional and wellbeing issues, for example low-mood, depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues and relationship difficulties. I also have a specific interest in perinatal and infant mental health so often work with expectant or new parents who have emotional, attachment or other mental health issues which may be heightened at this particular time.
I work from a very comfortable, purpose-built and private space in Lichfield and can be flexible about appointment times working both during the day and some evenings.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Psychology (Distinction), Keele University
PGDip Counselling Psychology, Keele University
TA 101 and TA Options Foundation Year
Registered Member BACP
I worked as a therapist within an NHS IAPT service and also as an associate within a university counselling service. I have experience of both short and longer-term work.
Prior to moving into counselling psychology I was a director within a large financial services organisation, responsible for legal and compliance, risk, training and human resources, so I have been working to support individuals for my entire career.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
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£60 per hour (I will work with one client in need but struggling financially, all times at a 50% concession rate - if you feel this is you please ask and if I have my concession slot available I will give it to you)
I have experience of working with those impacted by past trauma; abuse; eating disorders; addiction; and bereavement (including child bereavement).
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer appointments for clients during working hours and sometimes in the evening.
Types of client