Helen Skelton, UKCP, BACP
Hello, and welcome to my profile.
Sometimes life can feel harder than usual to manage, even overwhelming. Maybe you need to talk, but it’s hard to find the right person to talk to. Therapy offers you a safe, confidential space in which you can explore your thoughts, experiences and feelings. By doing so, you have the opportunity to increase your self-understanding and manage your life in a more constructive, satisfying and healthy way.
I am a person-centred psychotherapist. Person-centred therapy is based on the work of Carl Rogers, a pioneer in humanistic psychology. Rogers believed that we each have within us the resources to live a healthy and fulfilling life, but that these can sometimes get blocked or distorted by our personal circumstances, experiences and relationships. He said
‘It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences
have been deeply buried.’
This philosophy is at the heart of what I do.
Your life is unique, and I can never know you better than you do. So my intention is not to offer advice or guidance, but to listen, accept and accompany you, genuinely and without judgement, in your exploration of your experiences. I hope that you may come to find it easier to listen to and accept yourself, and to be able to make more genuinely fulfilling choices for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of both the UKCP and BACP and abide by both organisations' Codes of Ethics.
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London where I gained a Clinical Diploma in Person-Centred Psychotherapy. I'm expecting to complete my MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy in Spring 2017.
I work in private practice, and do work or have worked for specialist counselling services including the University of Brighton; Dialogue, the young people’s counselling service; Rise, a charity working with women survivors of domestic abuse; and Mankind, working with male survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
Some of the areas I work with include
- loss and bereavement
- sexual abuse
- domestic abuse
- gender identity
- relationship issues
- separation and divorce
- family difficulties
- unresolved issues from childhood
- personal illness
- the impact of the illness of another
- living with a disability
- work-related issues
- low confidence or self-esteem
- suicidal thoughts
- periods of change
- substance misuse
- the challenges of being a young adult
'Counselling has given me the space to feel like a human being again. It has taught me to manage the ongoing challenging times in a rational, manageable way and most importantly to have found some peace from all I have truly been through.'
'The amazing feeling of being with someone who had confidence in me ... a feeling of huge safety, free of the heavy burden I felt I was carrying.'
'Helen really helped me work through my stresses and anxiety and helped guide me through to solving the problem on my own.'
'I had been quite apprehensive and dubious about it due to having tried more than once in the past. At all times I felt comfortable and at ease ... the overwhelming fear that used to consume me has alleviated and my thinking processes have slowed down keeping me safer & I feel so much stronger mentally.'
'Helen's presence created a safe space to explore very difficult and painful experiences and situations - her clear reflection, professional skills and personal presence made me feel safe and I was able to discover some long held beliefs that were creating a lot of problems.'
'Particularly helpful was what I feel was genuine presence of being, honesty ... and really, truly deeply feeling heard.'
'She was really there and understood the impact and complexities of what I had been carrying.'
'It was really & truly helpful, it gave me real insight into who I am and the things that are important to me.'
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder/Manic depression
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
My fee is £45 per 50 minute session. I offer some low-cost spaces and concessionary rates for counselling students.
It can take courage to talk to someone about your most personal thoughts and experiences, so it’s important that you find the right therapist or counsellor for you. For this reason I offer a free introductory session, for you to consider whether talking to me feels okay for you.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I offer appointments between 8am-8pm Monday-Thursday, and 8am-6pm on Fridays.
Types of client