Gwyneth Hellewell MBACP (Accred.), BCP, FPC
44 1992 420994 / 07954 701268
I have over 25 years experience of helping people who are struggling with a wide range of problems, including depression, bereavement, anxiety, low self esteem, relationship problems, marital breakdown, sexual problems, eating disorders, problems arising from childhood experiences, abuse, bullying, feelings of emptiness and a struggle to find meaning in life.
All sessions last for 50 minutes, and where possible take place once a week at the same day and time.
I can vary the intensity of the therapy depending on what you feel you need. I am able to offer short term therapy/counselling of, say, between 6-20 sessions which might focus on a current problem, e.g problems at work or in a relationship, or a bereavement, or feeling unhappy, depressed, or feeling stuck in a rut and not being able to see how to make changes and move forward.
In therapy lasting longer than 6 months it is possible to work more deeply and explore the roots of your problems, which will involve seeking to understand the impact of childhood experiences on your adult life. Understanding the link between past and present can be very helpful in bringing about new insight and change.
I also offer long term in-depth psychotherapy, of up to 3 sessions a week. This intensive work explores unconscious processes and patterns of behaviour and thoughts which have been set since early childhood, and uses the therapeutic relationship to bring these into consciousness so that they may be thought about and worked on together in order to enable lasting change to take place. In more intensive work I will make use of dreams and images, and even the seemingly irrelevant and random thoughts that arise during a session, all of which can provide insight into deeper fears and anxieties which might be preventing you from moving on. You have the option of using the couch rather than the chair which can help you to get more in touch with your feelings.
You may not know what is wrong and fear not knowing what to say; you may not know what type of therapy would most meet your needs; you might want to start with a few sessions to see how you feel. In my experience simply having the space to talk is therapeutic in itself; it can feel as if you are hearing yourself for the first time.
My role is to help you in that process of finding the right words and of getting to know yourself better and gain a new perspective on your problems.
I do not generally give advice or tell you what to do; I listen and respond to what you say, getting a sense of how you experience life and relationships, of what motivates you, and then I work with that to help you to bring about change. We often have a very distorted view of ourselves and judge our own actions harshly, fearing that others will do the same, and being able to hear someone else's perspective on our thoughts and actions can help to modify those harsh judgements.
In your first session with me I will ask you a number of questions about what has brought you to seek therapy, and details about your life history. The fee for this initial session is £50.00. This does not commit you to attending further sessions and you may decide that this is not for you, or I might feel that a different sort of help would be better for you, in which case I would aim to refer you on to a colleague or suggest another type of counselling. If we do decide to continue we can discuss the ongoing fee and agree our working contract, including confidentiality. Sessions take place at least once a week and we will agree a day and time for you to attend which is convenient for both of us. I do charge for missed or cancelled sessions because I feel that the quality of the work we do is highly dependent on the commitment that we both make to be there each week, and to recognise that missed sessions, even when unavoidable, have an impact on the therapeutic relationship.
Training, qualifications & experience
After a University education and a career in teaching I went on to train as a counsellor with The Counselling Foundation gaining a Diploma (1989) and an Advanced Diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling (1995).
I then worked as a counsellor in private practice, as well as working with patients in a GP surgery, and leading a counselling service at Romford YMCA.
In 2002 I trained as a counselling supervisor, working with groups in counselling organisations and with individual counsellors. I also have experience of supervising counsellors working with young people.
In 2007 I qualified as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist after a further 5 years of training with WPF (London).
I am an experienced trainer, supervisor, and academic tutor for counselling trainees.
For over 20 years I worked as an accredited AQP provider of counselling services to NHS Hertfordshire, working with NHS patients referred for time-limited counselling by their GP. I have trained in Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy which is recommended by NICE for the treatment of depression.
I am an accredited member of BACP;
a professional member of the Foundation for Psychotherapy and Counselling (FPC);
registered with BPC as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist;
and a member of the British Association for Psychoanalytic and Psychodynamic Supervisors..
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
My fee are £50 per session for individuals, and £60 per session for couples.
My counselling room is situated on a main road in Hoddesdon and is easily accessible by bus - 310, 316 and 317- from Hertford, Ware, Harlow, Broxbourne and Waltham Cross; and is a 15 minute walk from Rye House station, with links to stations between Liverpool Street, Tottenham Hale and Hertford East.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Sessions are usually available on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays between 8am and 6pm. Spaces are limited so please get in touch for more information about my current availability.
Types of client
Supervision & training
I have been offering supervision to counsellors since 1998.View supervision profile