Helen Gilbert Accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, UPCA/UKCP
I have been working in the ‘helping professions’ since 2002 supporting people individually and in groups with difficulties such as anxiety, depression, family and relationship issues. Since training as a therapist I have worked in private practice, primary care (NHS), alcohol and drug treatment, and with people estranged from their families.
I see psychotherapy as a process of paying careful attention to the individual experience, offering a space of listening and reflection. I have seen people find greater freedom and make positive changes in their lives through psychotherapy.
Why I'm qualified to help you
My approach is see therapy as a unique experience with each client, an ongoing deepening conversation which allows the individual to connect with their feelings and life stories then explore why they might feel and act as they do.
I draw from a range of theory (psychoanalytic, existential and phenomenological) in order to deepen my understanding of the individual difficulties faced and offer interpretation and support.
What you can expect from therapy with me?
When a new client contacts me, generally by phone or email, I answer any initial questions they may have and then usually offer an initial face to face session. This session lasts 50 mins (the time of a normal counselling session) and gives a chance for the client to describe what brings them to therapy, to explain some of their history, and also to ask me any questions about how I work.
After this we decide whether we are going to contract a number of sessions. Often I suggest we meet for six once weekly sessions, which gives us a chance to see if we work well together. Following this we agree whether to continue in a more open-ended way, to contract another block of sessions, or to finish. In the consultation session we will agree a fee, day and time for regular sessions. The fee is payable weekly in cash or by cheque. We will also discuss what happens if the client has to cancel a session.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling and Psychotherapy (University of Roehampton)
MA Creative Writing and Personal Development (Sussex University)
Accredited Member: Universities Psychotherapy and Counselling Association (UPCA school of UKCP)
Some of the distress and difficulties experienced by people I have worked with include:
*Depression and anxiety
*Stress and burnout
*Drug & alcohol addiction
*Loss of direction and confidence
Accredited register membership
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Panic disorder
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of faith
My fees are on a sliding scale between £70 and £85 per session in London and £45-60 in Brighton depending on income of the client.
Some lower fee sessions are available. Please ask if you think this applies to you.
I am also able to offer creative writing as a therapeutic tool which can form a part of my individual therapy practice. I also offer reflective writing groups as a series of workshops. This can offer a different approach to exploring self and relationships.
Skype sessions can be arranged as an alternative to face to face therapy if required.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
*Currently taking on new clients in Brighton as well as Skype clients*
Types of client