About me

Hello, I’m Helen and I’m a psychodynamic psychotherapist. Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy which helps you explore the unconscious links between your past experiences and current difficulties, with a particular focus on early relationships. As these relationships are so enormously influential, reflecting on them can bring new understanding and new insights to current problems.

My practice is based on the principle that it's OK to admit you're not OK. Seeking help is a courageous thing to do because it so often goes against the grain to admit you're struggling. Many people find they can get the support they need from family and friends, but sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone who’s outside your usual circle – someone who’s one step removed from the situation.

Together we can explore the roots of your difficult feelings and work to improve your mental health and your relationships with those around you. I provide you with the time and space to talk about whatever you want, without judgement – just empathy and understanding.

You may simply be seeking a little guidance and may only need a few sessions to feel the benefits of talking therapy, but you can continue for as long you wish. While therapies usually work best in person, we can hold sessions online according to circumstances or geography, or if you would just prefer that. Sometimes speaking from your own home may feel like all you can manage and that is perfectly acceptable. If you have a young baby, this may make therapy more accessible.

My aim is simply to provide you with a regular, confidential space once a week to reflect on, think through and begin to make sense of what’s behind your current struggles. Fifty minutes where you are my sole focus, without any other distraction or purpose.

Depending on the age of the client, I draw on different techniques including mindfulness and play therapy.

Training, qualifications & experience

I trained as a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and at the School of Infant Mental Health in London and I provide psychotherapy services with psychodynamic principles at their heart. I have particularly extensive experience of working with parents of under 1s and I have a Masters degree in Infant Mental Health. I am a strong believer in early intervention and supporting parents experiencing disruptions in their relationship with their baby, toddler or pre-school aged child.

I have been working in the antenatal period with expectant mothers and fathers for more than 25 years, running groups and meeting with parents on a one to one basis, too. I have also worked for more than 20 years with parents of babies and toddlers in the very early postnatal period. In the last few years, I have also been providing therapy for school aged children, adolescents and their families.

I have a degree in educational studies and have trained practitioners working in the perinatal period both to work with groups preparing them for, and supporting them with, parenthood and also in baby brain development and Attachment Theory.

Member organisations

BACP

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

British Association for Counselling & 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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Parent-Infant relationships

Mother and baby or toddler relationships

Therapies offered

  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy

Fees

Additional information

Therapists work in different ways and it’s important to find one who suits you, your child or your family. For this reason, I offer a complimentary first session where we can explore your needs and you can get a sense of whether you think we would work well together and whether my approach suits you.

My usual fee is £50 for a 50 minute session.

Reduced rates are available for student counsellors and those on a low income.

Please note that in work with primary school aged children, I prefer to have at least two sessions with the parent/carer to get a full history before meeting the child.

Further information

Types of therapy I offer:

Brief therapy, Family therapy, Long-term therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Systemic

Clients I work with:

Expectant and new parents, parents with their baby, toddler and/or pre-school aged children, young people and families

How I deliver therapy:

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I am currently only offering sessions via video call or telephone.

Under normal circumstances, I provide face to face therapy in the Southend area and also via video call and telephone.

When providing therapy for parents of a child under 2, it is normal for the parent/s and their baby or toddler to attend therapy sessions together.

Westcliff-on-Sea
Essex
SS0

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Helen Hans

Helen Hans