Dr Helen Coote CPsychol
LEAF Health- 1st Floor
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist and, in addition to many years working for the NHS, I run a private practice with consulting rooms in Hitchin, Hertfordshire.
How does psychological therapy help?
Drawing on effective psychological therapy approaches, including CBT (Cognitive Behaviour Therapy), I can help you to overcome the issues that have brought you to therapy and help you live a more fulfilling and stable life. In our sessions, I will help you to make sense of your current difficulties, better understand factors that might be influencing or causing them, resolve underlying patterns, and learn tools and techniques to empower you to cope more effectively.
My training as a Clinical Psychologist, alongside the additional specialist training I have undertaken, means that I can draw from a number of different psychological therapy models to help you make sense of your difficulties and choose the approach, or combination of approaches, that is most likely to benefit you.
Examples of difficulties I can help you overcome and cope better with, include: anxiety, depression, panic, bipolar disorder, phobias, post-natal depression, abuse, mood swings, low self-esteem, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
I have seen individuals' lives transformed through the course of therapy and I have found that with the right support, difficulties can get easier and people can cope and feel better.
What to expect
Therapy is a space where you won't be judged. As your Psychologist, i will guide you through the process, so you don't have to worry where to start or what to say.
Once you have made your first contact with me, I will call you to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have and arrange an appointment with me.
At your first appointments, I will get a good understanding of the difficulties you would like help with, and I will suggest the type of approach that I feel will best help you. For example, some approaches work best for people who have experienced trauma; other approaches work best for people who experience anxiety or stress.
Assessment takes place over the first 2 sessions and treatment is usually over 6-20 weekly sessions. We will regularly review your goals for therapy to ensure we are working together in a way that is helpful and is bringing about the changes you are seeking.
Although there is always space for you to talk about things that have arisen each week in your sessions with me, I will always hold in mind your goals for therapy. This means that there will always be some structure to your sessions, and we work together; no long silences where you wonder what to say! I use frameworks that help you understand your thoughts and feelings better and understand how to make changes that will make you feel better.
I am committed to helping you find a way to overcome your difficulties, learn ways of coping, and live a fulfilling life, using evidence-based approaches.
Sessions are confidential; it is best practice that I inform your GP that I am working with you, but if you have any concerns about this, we can discuss them.
Appointment times: As well as weekday appointments, I also offer evening and occasional Saturday appointments.
Parking: There are a range of car parks and 2-hour parking bays on Bancroft in Hitchin.
Confidentiality: At my consulting rooms, there is a quiet waiting area where the receptionist will greet you. The building is used by other therapists such as physiotherapists; therefore it is not obvious to anyone outside that you are going to see a Psychologist, if this is something that you are concerned about.
Training, qualifications & experience
Qualifications and Training
DClinPsy (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology) - Royal Holloway, University of London
Foundation Course in Transactional Analysis
BSc (Hons) Psychology - University of Warwick
EMDR therapist & member of EMDR Association
DBT Skills training - Behavioural Tech
Working with Complex Trauma and Survivors of Domestic Violence - Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre
I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist working privately. I also work for the NHS and I am an Associate Clinical Tutor at Royal Holloway, University of London. I have worked as a Clinical Psychologist in community mental health teams for the NHS for 7 years. I have also worked for The Priory Hospital and with voluntary organisations providing group and individual therapy sessions.
After qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I undertook further specialist therapy training, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing) and DBT (Dialectical Behaviour Therapy) training, to increase the number of effective therapy approaches I am able to offer my clients and draw upon in treatment. I have also had specialist training in working with survivors of domestic violence.
- Marsden, J., Stillwell, G., Barlow, H. (now Coote), Boys, A., Taylor, C., Hunt, N. & Farrell, M. (2006). An evaluation of a brief motivational intervention among young ecstasy and cocaine users: no effect on substance and alcohol use outcomes. Addiction, 101 (7), 1014-1026.
- Coote, H.M & MacLeod, A.K (2012). A self-help, positive goal-focused intervention to increase well-being in people with depression. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, 19 (4), 305-315.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
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Assessment sessions are £90/hour (50 minutes of therapy, 10 minutes admin time).
Treatment sessions are £90/hour (50 minutes of therapy, 10 minutes admin time).
Longer sessions are charged pro rata.
Fees may vary for work contracted through organisations and insurance companies, for example if comprehensive reports are required.
I offer some low-cost sessions, in special circumstances.
I am registered with the following insurance companies:
BUPA and BUPA International
HTH / GeoBlue
AxaPPP / Simply Health
I have links with local Psychiatrists who I can refer my patients to for advice about medication, if required.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Mon-Fri 9.30-3, Wednesdays 9.30-7pm, occasional Saturdays. Spaces to take on new clients coming available end of May 2018.
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|