Helen Swords MA UKCP

Helen Swords MA UKCP

Hammersmith Grove
W6 7HY

4 Orchard Lane

01494 257 845 / 07957 432 851

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Hammersmith Grove
W6 7HY

4 Orchard Lane

01494 257 845 / 07957 432 851

About me

Can I help you? Who should you talk to, and can anyone really help? I will genuinely try my best to do just that. Accredited with the UK Council for Psychotherapy, for over 15 years I have worked as a psychotherapist, counsellor and supervisor, offering successful high quality support to adult men and women, including couples, when life has become difficult.

Help can be provided for: anxiety, relationship issues, infertility, depression, panic, phobias, family matters, addiction, post natal depression, bereavement, separation and divorce, and many other difficulties.

Clients are seen either for a short number of sessions or for longer-termed sessions according to individual needs and circumstances. I work in Hammersmith, west London, and Amersham in Buckinghamshire. Skype sessions can be considered too.

I am also one of a limited number of approved specialist infertility counsellors working in the UK .

If you have private health insurance it maybe that the cost of your sessions will be covered as I am a recognised professional practitioner with leading private health providers.

Life can seem dark at times. Or if not dark then confusing. One in four of us will experience this at some point in our lives. Some clients will arrive for a first session with a clear understanding of what is wrong - with them or with their life. But it is also true that many clients are at a loss when it comes to knowing exactly why they feel so unhappy, or overwhelmed. My approach to working with you as a client might vary. Always, I would endeavour to listen carefully to what it is you need to express, and I might also talk quite a bit to you too, if that would help make a session more effective, so that you can quickly feel some relief.

Training, qualifications & experience

* I am a trained psychoanalytic psychotherapist, registered by the UK Council for Psychotherapy in 2005 (UKCP). This was an in-depth training spanning over 5 years, to provide effective, and high-quality psychoanalysis, and psychotherapy.

* I have successfully worked with clients suffering from many different emotional problems, during 1997 to 2016, across a range of settings including for the NHS, local government employees, commercial business funded clients and in private practice. I have also supported young people in schools.

* I have worked with clients experiencing fertility related issues since 2002 to the present, registered with the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) as one of a limited number of UK approved specialist counsellors.

* I am a member of The Site for Contemporary Psychoanalysis, from 1999 - 2016. I have taught on the Site's therapists' training programme, and I am Co-Chair of the Ethics Committee.  

* I studied for a Masters Degree in Art Theory, in London, from 1994 to 1996, specialising in reading aspects of philosophy and psychoanalytic theory.  I have articles published in Circa Arts Magazine.

* I supervise the work of trainee counsellors, psychotherapists, and analysts.

* Before the above, I worked as a producer for broadcasting, and in teaching.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Accredited register membership

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Individual adults finding life difficult; Couples needing a safe, calm space to talk to each other.


£55 individuals. Couples £65 *. In addition, I offer a limited number of on-going low-cost spaces typically for clients who are students, under-employed or may be retired. These spaces are predominantly offered during the day time, but please ask for details.

(* If you have been referred through a fertility clinic my fee may have to differ, due to additional administration. Please ask for full details.)

Further information

My preferred approaches are psychodynamic and psychoanalytic, as these methods are particularly rigorous, and can be very effective at providing longer lasting help.

Skype on-line sessions can be discussed too.

I hope you will get in touch.

Maps & Directions

Hammersmith, W6 7HY
Amersham, HP6 5AB

Type of session

Online counselling: Yes
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: Unspecified
Other languages: None

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision & training

I supervise trainee psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counsellors.

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