Helen Hayes BACP Reg., MBACP Senior Accred, UKCP Reg
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist with expertise in working with people with a wide range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual issues, abuse, domestic violence, bereavement, low self-esteem, work problems, stress, trauma.
I am a BACP Registered and Senior Accredited counsellor and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist. I have worked as a counsellor since 1994, in the voluntary sector, in primary care, and in a university student counselling service, as well as in private practice. I therefore have considerable experience of working with people from diverse social and cultural backgrounds, addressing a wide range of emotional difficulties and life dilemmas, in both short-term and longer-term settings.
Whether you feel overwhelmed by the challenges of your present life, troubled by painful past experiences, or unsure of your future direction, you might find it helpful to talk things through in confidence with someone outside your normal circle of friends or family. I aim to offer you a supportive and non-judgemental relationship in which you can explore whatever is troubling you in life, express your feelings and thoughts, and come to a clearer understanding of yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
Diploma in Counselling (Gestalt Centre) 1996
Working with Women Psychodynamically (Women's Therapy Centre) 1999
MA in Existential Psychotherapy & Counselling (New School of Psychotherapy & Counselling) 2006
Diploma in Integrative Supervision 2009
BACP Accreditation 2005
UKCP Registered Psychotherapist 2007
BACP Senior Accreditation (supervisor of groups) 2012
BACP Registered Counsellor 2013
As well as my private counselling practice, I have worked for a number of voluntary sector organisations, providing support for women affected by domestic violence, rape, and sexual abuse. I have also taught on several counselling and psychotherapy training courses.
I have worked for over ten years as a counsellor in primary care, seeing clients referred by GPs, and for six years for a university student counselling service.
I am experienced in working with clients from diverse backgrounds and with many different concerns or difficulties
I am also qualified as a supervisor. I currently supervise for several voluntary sector counselling services and for a psychotherapy training institute.
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
I have specialist experience in working with women affected by domestic violence, sexual abuse and violence, including childhood abuse and trauma.
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I sometimes have concessionary places for students or people on low incomes.
My main training, and the heart of how I work, is in existential psychotherapy. This means that I draw on philosophy as well as psychology to inform how I understand the sorts of concerns that might lead someone to seek therapy. I believe that we are each seeking to make our lives meaningful in our own personal way. to understand our difficulties, and to find our way to living as fully and freely as we are able to do. We are never isolated individuals, but always living in the context of our personal relationships, our social and cultural environments, and our own values and aspirations.
As human beings, we often hold ourselves back from achieving our potential, or find ourselves in difficulties in our close relationships, or struggle to find a sense of purpose in our lives. Therapy can help in unravelling some of the knots that we have tied for ourselves.
Therapy is concerned with exploring and clarifying your choices, values, or meanings, and addressing how you deal with the inevitable challenges of life. It aims to help you understand yourself, how you might repeat patterns of behaviour or relationship which are limiting or destructive, and how you might make different choices for yourself in the future.
Sometimes the origins of our difficulties lie in childhood and family experiences which have affected us as adults; therapy can be really helpful in enabling us to understand these influences and to overcome the ways in which they might limit us. Sometimes, it is more important to explore our present situation and think about future directions; therapy doesn't have always to be about the past.
I initially trained as a Gestalt counsellor, an approach to counselling which shares many ideas with existential therapy, and sometimes includes creative ways of exploring them in therapy.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Mon and Thurs, afternoon and evening
Types of client
Supervision & training
I offer integrative and existential supervision to trainee and qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.View supervision profile