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.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Family issues
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Work-related stress
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
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I have availability on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday all day including evenings. I can also offer Thursday afternoon or evening appointments.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|