Helen Batten MA (Cantab) PGDip Registered MBACP
I am an experienced counsellor and psychotherapist working in West London and the City. Talking to a therapist can make sense of painful events and feelings, helping you to heal, move on and fulfil your potential. I offer a secure, confidential, non judgemental space where you can explore your experiences at your own pace.
Often our past informs our present and determines our feelings about the future. Painful experiences can sometimes prevent us from being truly ourselves. I work with my clients to open up and explore their experiences in order to better understand who they are and what they might become, to find meaning and a greater sense of purpose in life. This in turn can help to create better relationships with partners, colleagues and family and to stop repeating negative thoughts, behaviour and relationships and move more easily in the world. Whether you are struggling with a traumatic life event or a more general feeling of sadness and a lack of purpose, therapy can help.
In my work with charities, in a GP's surgery and in private practice, I have experience of working with a large range of issues including depression, anxiety, anger, abuse, addiction, bereavement, relationship problems, eating disorders and low self-esteem.
I also offer counselling for couples, providing a neutral safe space to explore issues within a relationship. Patterns of behaviour and communication mean that a relationship can feel like it is stuck, that one or both of you are not thriving. In counselling we look at the triggers and patterns of responses that are damaging the relationship, the unconscious processes that attracted you to each other, attachment styles, and the childhood wounds that might be impacting negatively on the relationship. We also look at the strengths in the relationship and map out a future vision.
I trained in humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approaches to psychotherapy, and I like to draw on whatever seems most appropriate in each individual case. But central to my practice is creating a strong relationship with my clients.
I generally see you for fifty minutes once a week. You can have either short term counselling or more longer term, open ended, psychotherapy.
To start with I offer an initial fifty minute consultation which gives us the opportunity to meet, talk through the process, and see if I can help.
Please e-mail me or telephone if you have and questions or just want to know more.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained as a counsellor and psychotherapist at Roehampton University and am experienced in Humanistic, existential and psychodynamic approaches to therapy. More recently I have been studying the work of Carl Jung at the Society for Analytical Psychology.
I am a member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and work to their ethical guidelines.
My experience includes working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for charities and in GP's practices.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Internet addiction
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- 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
- Work-related stress
£75 per session
Maps & Directions
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Types of client