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Helen Eckersley, MA (Psych & Counselling), UKCP Reg.

Edenbridge, Kent, TN8 6RB 01732 867545 01732 867545 07733 061327 07733 061327 Registered / Accredited

About me

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.

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.


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

UK Council for 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Assertiveness, confidence building, listening skills.

Therapies offered

  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Humanistic therapies


Private individuals £40
couples £45
Individuals sent through their companies £45, to cover administration.
Supervision (fee negotiable)
Student counsellors £35
Sliding scale for those on benefits

Further information

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

The Gate House
Main Road
Crockham Hill

Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


I have availability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day including evenings. I can also offer Thursday afternoon or evening appointments.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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Helen Eckersley, MA (Psych & Counselling), UKCP Reg.

Helen Eckersley, MA (Psych & Counselling), UKCP Reg.

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