Helen Breach

Helen Breach

About me

I have been practicing as a psychological therapist for 20 years and have gained considerable experience in a variety of complex mental health issues. For the past 10 years I have been working both for the NHS and privately delivering CAT therapy.

CAT is a collaborative therapy, by which I mean we look together at ways you think, feel and act, and the events and relationships which may underlie these experiences- often from childhood. CAT is concerned with helping you to find ways to heal these distressing and unhelpful patterns of thoughts, feelings and behaviors.

For example; maybe you often feel sad, anxious or depressed and perhaps you experience relationship problems in that you feel rejected and\or abandoned by other people? It is also possible you are aware you often feel negative about yourself and/or other people and that you have low self esteem, feeling critical of yourself or believing that other people are critical of you.

Perhaps you will have developed ways of coping which may have resulted in finding it difficult to trust other people, or getting into relationships which are unsatisfactory and seem to confirm to you that you are likely to be rejected or abandoned.

Some people don't allow others to get close because they fear being hurt thus feeling safe whilst perpetuating the feelings of isolation and loneliness. These examples of faulty self belief are often learnt from childhood experiences and may have been with you for some time.

If you have suffered from emotional, physical or sexual abuse or perhaps witnessed it happening in your family, it can often lead to feelings of guilt, anger, depression, and generalised anxiety. Feelings of worthless for instance, may lead to you restricting food or overeating and perhaps drinking alcohol to excess which are all ways of trying to cope with these distressing feelings, but which are never a  permanent solution and may leave you feeling more anxious, stressed and out of control sometimes even leading to self harming or feeling suicidal.

I am a sensitive and compassionate therapist interested in the way in which you relate to other people and to yourself. I do not believe in a 'one size fits all' therapy because everybody is an individual with varied experience of life. My aim is to empower you to discover and celebrate your true self.

I believe that every person needs to feel loved, often anxiously looking for confirmation of this from other people. However, the key seems to be to learn to like yourself first for, whilst no one can be perfect, if you can begin to feel that you are good enough and worthwhile, you will begin to discover that not only can you feel able to give love but you will also receive it.

CAT is time limited, 16 sessions is an average CAT therapy but, under some circumstances, can be 24 sessions. Occasionally therapy can be longer term.

For more information about CAT and what to expect as a client and whether it is right for you, please look at the website below.


Training, qualifications & experience

CAT Diploma in 2007.

Addictions Counselling Diploma in 2002.

Pyschodynamic Diploma in 1998.

I have also studied varies other therapies, I have gained knowledge and experience of eating disorders, Personality Disorder, and CBT.

I have worked with complex mental health issues including BiPolar, Eating Disorders, gender identity, psychosis and depression and anxiety.

I am accredited with ACAT.

i am also a registered member of BACP.

Member organisations


Accredited register membership


please contact me for my fee charges.

Further information

My private practice is in Exeter, it is convenient and central whether you travel by train, bus or car. Exeter Central train station is 5 mins walk, the bus station is 10 mins away from my room and there are several carparks nearby, including the Princess Hay and John Lewis carparks.

I typically see clients from Exeter and surrounding villages, Plymouth, Paignton and Newton Abbot.

Maps & Directions

Exeter, EX4

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Accessibility information
Wheelchair user access: No


I am currently available please leave send me an email I will reply as soon as is possible.

Types of client