About me

I am a UKCP accredited counsellor and psychotherapist with practices in both Newbury and Winchester. My psychotherapy training is to Masters level which means that I have a depth of understanding and reflection to bring to my work. I provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment for you to explore whatever you bring at your own pace. I believe that, given the right environment, we all have an inbuilt ability to grow and flourish. Seeing my clients change as they gain new energy and purpose (and they do) is an extraordinary privilege.

Some of my clients come with difficult or painful life experiences, some sensing that they have entrenched patterns that are making them unhappy, some feel low and just don't know why. Others want to embark on a journey of exploration that will allow them to find a richer, more fulfilling way of being in the world. If any of this feels like you do get in touch and see how I can help.

I have had success supporting people with issues such as: anxiety, depression, Aspergers Syndrome, panic attacks, bullying, bereavement, infertility, separation, work place stress, relationship issues and trauma recovery.

I adjust my style to the needs of each client however some things may be useful for you to know:

I have a relational approach. This means that I believe that making satisfying connections with other people and the wider world is central to our well-being: It can sometimes be helpful to look at where our patterns of relating may be getting in the way of our true potential for fulfilment. We are all making choices constantly to cope with life in the best way we feel able. Sometimes these choices support us, and sometimes we are using strategies that worked once, perhaps when we were young or vulnerable, but which are now out of date and stop us getting what we really want from the world. If we can identify these fixed patterns we can make new choices that give us new possibilities. I trained in Gestalt which means that I work with the whole person: thoughts, belief systems, emotions and how these may be experienced in the body. Much scientific evidence is now showing how interconnected these aspects are. I incorporate this new knowledge into my practice.

I work with individuals on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period.

Training, qualifications & experience

I have a Masters in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a Diploma in Organisational Gestalt from the Metanoia Institute (Middlesex University). I have also a Diploma in Contemporary Practice and a Certificate in Couples Psychotherapy. Currently I am in training as a clinical supervisor

I am constantly up-grading my knowledge by attending workshops and supervision.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

UKCP

UK Council for Psychotherapy

The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.

As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.

UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

Fees

Additional information

I charge £60 for a 50 minute session and £85 for a 75 min couples session.

Availability

I have sessions available on a Monday and Tuesday at present

Newbury
Berkshire
RG14

Winchester
Hampshire
SO23

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Couples
Organisations
Employee Assistance Programme

Supervision

In person supervision
Online supervision
Telephone supervision

I have a certificate in relational supervision and am offering reduced rates until I complete the hours required for the diploma.

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Helen Franklin

Helen Franklin