Gwyneth Hellewell MBACP (Accred.), BPC, FPC
I have 30 years experience of helping people who are struggling with a wide range of problems, including depression, bereavement, anxiety, low self esteem, panic attacks relationship problems, marital breakdown, 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 judgments.
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 £60.00. 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 then we can 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. The fee for ongoing sessions is £55. 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. Wherever possible however I will attempt to offer an alternative time for you to attend that week.
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 coordinator of a low cost counselling service.
In 2002 I trained as a counselling supervisor, working with groups in counselling organisations and with individual counsellors and psychotherapists in private practice.
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);
and registered with BPC as a psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
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.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
British Psychoanalytic Council
The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a professional association, representing the profession of psychoanalytic psychotherapy.
The organisation is itself made up of fourteen member organisations and BPC accredits the trainings of its member organisations. An individual who qualifies from one of these trainings is then eligible for entry into the BPC's register.
BPC registrants are governed by a code of ethics, a policy of continuing professional development, a statement on confidentiality and a complaints procedure. The BPC is a Member Society of the European Federation for Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy in the Public Sector (EFPP). Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
My fees for the initial session are £60 for individuals and £75 for couples.
My fees for ongoing sessions are £55 for individuals and £70 for couples.
Hours of work:
My working hours are between 8.30 am and 5 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. I have a limited number of spaces available for new clients, so please contact me for details of my current availability.
Travelling by Public Transport:
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.