Helen Darling- Experienced Integrative Counsellor, RegMBACP, PGDip
I am a fully qualified Integrative Counsellor who has been in practice for over a decade; I offer individual counselling in my practice rooms in West London as well as being a Certified Online and Telephone Counsellor offering sessions remotely if preferred. I offer a limited number of evening and weekend appointments.
Due to the Covid-19 situation I currently only offer online (Zoom) or telephone sessions as recommended by the BACP.
I offer both short term counselling (6-12 sessions) and longer-term psychotherapy which can be open ended. I have experience of working with a wide range of issues including anxiety, depression, relationship issues, low self-esteem, bereavement and childhood trauma to name a few.
My therapeutic style is collaborative, creative and dynamic. I see my approach as truly integrative, not only integrating different theoretical approaches such as psychodynamic, cognitive/behavioural and humanistic but also integrating myself into the therapeutic relationship so that I am able to offer whatever is required in the moment. If anxiety levels are so high or low mood is so extreme that it acts as a barrier to being able to engage in counselling, I might offer some CBT type interventions in the first few sessions in order to help find strategies to manage these intense feelings so that engagement is possible on a deeper more relational level going forward
I work in a considered way that allows you to find your own path through whatever difficulties you are experiencing with a solid therapeutic relationship forming the foundations to any other interventions I might offer. My aim is to build a therapeutic relationship with you that is trusting, supportive and genuine and provides a caring, respectful, non-judgmental, safe space in which you can speak openly and explore feelings that might seem dangerous. I believe that when you are able to find new words for old feelings even the most embedded patterns can be transformed.
Training, qualifications & experience
I qualified from Roehampton University in 2011 with a distinction in Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy (Post Graduate Diploma). I am also a Certified Online and Telephone Counsellor.
I am a Registered Member of the BACP. I subscribe to and am guided by the BACP code of ethics for good practice, this includes my own continued clinical supervision.
Over the last decade I have amassed a wealth of experience working as a student counsellor and Wellbeing Manager at Goldsmiths University where I offered short term and longer-term counselling to both undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages from diverse backgrounds. I wrote and ran workshops on numerous topics such as Managing Anxiety, Finding Your Voice, Coping with Bereavement and Procrastination. I also worked at The Royal College of Art as a student counsellor as well as having my own private practice.
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.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Childhood sexual abuse
£70.00 per session
Please contact me if you wish to negotiate a reduced fee option.
Concessions offered for
I offer an initial informal telephone consultation so you can ask me any questions you might have and we can see if working together is the right option for you.
I also offer a limited number of reduced fee sessions for students and trainees. Please contact me for details.