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About me

I am taking some leave between now and 11 July 2022

Counselling for Relationship Issues & Life Transitions - for individuals, couples, adults and young people

Are you looking for some peace from your relationship
struggles? 

Are you seeking a way through the change or crisis in your life?

Do you find yourself:

  • Living with feelings of anxiety and depression?
  • Struggling to cope with the effects of a crisis or trauma?
  • At a loss about recurring arguments with your partner or family member?
  • Feeling hurt and hopeless after your relationship ending?
  • Feeling trapped by old and unwanted relationship patterns?
  • Longing for a sense of purpose or direction in your life?


Life's struggles and challenges can sometimes overwhelm you . . .

Life naturally brings challenges and changes and some of these changes you might welcome and work towards - being in a relationship, a rewarding job, creating a home are all things that can bring you feelings of peace and fulfilment.

Sometimes things don't work out as expected and unexpected life changes and crises can turn your world upside down. You are left feeling confused and perhaps hopeless. You find it difficult to make decisions.  You feel out of control and anxious; you might have trouble sleeping - and getting up - everyday life can feel like a struggle.

Couples counselling and individual counselling can help you to find calm and relief from life's difficulties, depressions, struggles and anxiety

      "Counselling was crucial in helping me through a difficult time. Helene's
      rare ability to crystallise what I felt, along with a deep and genuine
      compassion, created a totally accepting space in which I felt heard
      and supported in each session." RC, London


I Work With People Who Want To:

  • Feel better in their relationships
  • Find relief from painful feelings and behaviours
  • Show feelings and emotions without hurting themselves or their loved ones
  • Understand more about themselves and their relationships
  • Feel clearer and calmer about the new direction in their life

    . . . and sometimes to

  • Find a way of ending a relationship with the least possible distress


Through counselling, you can: recognise the strength you have that has got you this far; discover new ways of dealing with difficulties; learn more about yourself and what you want out of life; reflect on the choices available to you.

      "I found counselling incredibly helpful in many ways. I needed a calm place
      in which I could explore difficult feelings and Helene created a non-judgmental
      environment where I could explore any thoughts or feelings and learn to notice
      & understand patterns I had developed through my life. Helene was calm and
      thoughtful & gently helped me in the direction of a better self-realisation." RH

You can visit my website www.counsellingandsupervision.com (click on link at top of page) for more information about counselling with me, or call/text me on 07967 299 072/020 7625 3247 to arrange a telephone conversation or book an appointment

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a counselling practice in North West London and have more than 25 years experience of working with adults and children. I hold qualifications as a counsellor/psychotherapist, person-centred couples counsellor, adolescent and schools counsellor, in working with trauma, as a counselling supervisor and group facilitator. As a member of the National Counselling Society (NCS) and the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), I work in accordance with their guidelines for ethics and good practice. I am accredited by the National Counselling Society and a registrant of their Accredited Register. I am a registered member of the BACP and a mermber of the Person Centred Association.

I currently describe myself as white, female, Anglo-Irish, mother, born in the 1960’s into a middle-class family with working class roots, as able-bodied, cis-gendered, and living in a heterosexual relationship.

Accredited Voluntary Register


My Approach
I believe that we all have a natural capacity for growth and an ability to discover and release unrealised and unexpected potential, when we are given the opportunity. As a counsellor, I commit to supporting you by accepting you as you truly are, with a warmth and attentiveness that can help to you to gain clarity and understanding, and allow new perspectives to emerge.

    "I felt I could share even the most difficult of situations in the totally
      non-judgmental and accepting space Helene creates. I really
      value her insight which has an accuracy and relevance to it which
      reveal her deep level of experience." EN


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

BACP

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

NCS

National Counselling Society (NCS)

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

National Counselling Society

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

National Counselling Society
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Difficulties, depression, distress or anxiety related to relationships of any kind; life changes or 'mid-life crisis'.  Counselling with couples - including partners, marriages, parents and children, siblings - and counselling young people.

Fees

Free initial telephone session

Concessions offered for

  • Low income
  • Trainee counsellors
  • Unemployed

Additional information

Sessions for individuals and couples are usually one hour long, though longer sessions can be negotiated. The fee for individuals is £60 per hour for daytime sessions and £65 for evenings; and for couples £75 for daytime sessions and £80 for evenings.  I offer some concessions, please call, text or email to discuss.

When I work

Monday to Friday.

Further information

I work face-to-face, by Zoom and by telephone.

My premises is not wheelchair accessible due to a narrow doorway at the entrance. If you are a wheelchair user, I may be able to arrange home visits depending on location and suitability.

My practice is within easy reach of all areas of North West London, also North London, West London, East London, Central London, Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire.

West Hampstead, London, NW6

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone

Types of client

Young people
Adults
Older adults
Couples
Families
Groups
Organisations

Key details

DBS check

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The property is not wheelchair accessible due to a narrow front doorway. Home visits may be possible, depending on distance.

Online platforms

Skype
VSee
Zoom

Supervision

In person
Online
Phone

Person-centred supervision for trainee and qualified counsellors. Nearly 30 years experience, including as a counsellor trainer.

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