Helen Eckersley, MA (Psych & Counselling), UKCP Reg.
Extensive and varied counselling experience in GP surgery and school settings, since 2000. I worked for an agency providing counselling to families, young people and children, in schools and outside and also in primary care.
From a background in teaching adults and facilitating self-development courses, including helping those who were unemployed back to work, I trained in existential psychotherapy, bringing a philosophical approach to an otherwise practical way of working.
My studio and garden provide a peaceful setting for clients to express their concerns, in complete privacy. Clients have expressed the calmness they encounter in the setting alone, before the session begins.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have a Masters degree in Existential Psychotherapy and Counselling, and a Cert Ed (FE), BA (Hons) in Education. I have been UKCP Registered since 2003 and am a member of the BACP.
I am a member of the Society of Psychotherapy and the Society for Existential Analysis. I also belong to the AIP, the Association of Independent Practitioners.
I give occasional talks to local groups, including women's network groups, Soroptimists and alternative health forums. I have also provided short courses for London City College, Schiller University, Kent Adult Education and Wimbledon Guild.
I regularly update and expand my knowledge and practice by reading and attending talks and seminars.
I have particular interests in working with depression, anxiety disorders, parenting and relationships generally. I enjoy exploring with people their concerns when they reach watersheds in their lives for whatever reason - bereavement, redundancy, crisis, a loss of meaning.
A good number of counselling students are amongst my clients, and a background in Further Education underpins this work.
Registered / Accredited
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UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Assertiveness, confidence building, listening skills.
Private individuals £40
Individuals sent through their companies £45, to cover administration.
Supervision (fee negotiable)
Student counsellors £35
Sliding scale for those on benefits
I give training sessions in various self-development areas such as: assertiveness, listening skills, confidence building.
I run Confidence Building workshops in the Edenbridge/Oxted area. These are four-session, weekly courses. Next course planned for Autumn 2010