Helena Michaelson MBACP (Accred).
9 Manor Gardens
My way of working is relational. That means that I hope to connect with my clients on a personal level. I don't hide behind a professional facade and am not, in general, silent.
I work by providing a safe, confidential space in which to begin a conversation about the issues that are really affecting you. Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed or confused by your feelings - or even have the sense that you don't know what your feelings are - counselling and psychotherapy can help.
I am a qualified counsellor and registered accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). I work from safe, comfortable, accessible rooms in Archway/Holloway, North London.
I take my ethical and legal responsibilities towards my clients seriously and maintain professional boundaries.
Sometimes people decide to come for therapy to help them through a particularly difficult time in their lives, after a relationship breaks down, or after the loss of a loved one. Others might come in the hope of making sense of difficult feelings that don't seem to be connected to a particular crisis.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy, and prior to this, studied Person-Centred Counselling.
Many years of experience in teaching has guided me to adopt an approach to therapy which is relational. This means I work to build a good therapeutic relationship with my clients, in which we can think together about their feelings and experiences and the relationships in their lives, both now and in the past.
In addition to working in private practice, I have gained several years of experience working in the NHS and in the charity sector. I work according to the BACP ethical guidelines.
In addition to my work as a therapist, I have worked for many years as a teacher, writer and editor, and have volunteered for a number of charities.
My qualifications include:
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Pregnancy and birth
The initial consultation will last for 50 minutes and costs £30. I'll ask you about yourself and can answer any questions you might have about how I work.
Counselling takes place at the same time in the same place every week. Sessions last 50 minutes and cost £50-£60. Concessions are sometimes available and fees can be negotiated. Missed sessions are charged at your normal rate, but where possible, I offer to make up missed sessions at other times.
It can be daunting to come to counselling for the first time. If you'd like to meet to discuss whether counselling could help, please be in touch for an initial meeting. We can email or speak on the phone before arranging an initial appointment costing £30.
I currently have spaces available for short-term and long-term one-to-one therapy. Sessions last for 50 minutes and usually cost £60, though this is negotiable.
My consulting room is a safe space in which you can talk in confidence. I work in safe, comfortable rooms in Holloway, N7 in a building occupied by a number of therapists. My rooms are near a number of tube stations, Upper Holloway station on London Overground and in reach of numerous buses and are accessible by wheelchair.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Daytime and Evening sessions available
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|