Helen Pond MBACP (Accredited)
I am a professional psychotherapist and counsellor, trained to listen and to help you to explore and reflect on issues that are worrying you. Anxiety, panic disorder, depression, anger, and low self-esteem can all make it difficult to get on with life. If you are struggling with relationship issues, or trying to come to terms with childhood sexual abuse, bereavement or trauma, these are all difficulties which we can work on together.
Balancing work and relationships can be complicated. Together we will find the best way to resolve your issues by talking through your concerns to help you to understand yourself better. You will learn to change your perspective, so that you feel able to cope and can be less stressed and happier.
I believe that counselling should be a positive encounter and through my experience of therapy I know that it can also be life changing. Linking present difficulties with the past is often the way to achieve change and to allow ourselves to grow and become more fulfilled.
The first session is an assessment, free of charge, at which we explore the issues you may want to look at in therapy.
Sometimes a simple problem can be dealt with in short term therapy, or you may feel that you want to work long term to address more complex issues.
I work in a quiet and comfortable room, five minutes walk from Balham and Tooting Bec stations, with free parking after 4.30pm.
Training, qualifications & experience
I spent five years training at WPF and the Minster Centre, London, and have a counselling diploma, and a post graduate diploma in Integrative psychotherapy from Middlesex University.
An accredited member of BACP, I abide by and work within their Ethical Framework for the Counselling Professions. www.bacp.co.uk.
I regularly attend courses so that I can keep up to date with the latest thinking in my field.
I hold professional insurance.
My specialised training includes:
Anxiety and depression
Bereavement, grief and loss
Bereavement by Homicide
Sexual and Domestic Violence
Trauma and PTSD
I have worked for the Cara Trust (an HIV charity), Victim Support (crime related counselling), and Balham Community Counselling Service (GP referred counselling).
As a psychotherapist in the NHS I worked with acute cases where the patient was in the care of a psychiatrist.
Having worked in private companies, I understand the importance of work/life balance, the stresses of the workplace, and the difficulties of career change.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I also practise Relational Psychotherapy
£55 a session. The initial consultation is free of charge.
Payment can be made by bank transfer or cash.
I can offer some reduced fees for counselling and psychotherapy trainees.
I am an approved practitioner for Pru Health
Please call or email and I will contact you to arrange an appointment.
I am happy to work with insurance companies and EAP providers.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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I see clients in the evening and during the day, but not at weekends.
Types of client