About me

I offer psychotherapy, creative arts psychotherapy and counselling in Bristol. I am an experienced Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor.

It can be difficult to seek support, and I understand how daunting it can be to find the right person to work with. I offer a supportive space; a place to explore together what may be preventing you from living a more fulfilling, nourishing life. I always work in response to you rather than a particular ‘approach’. Everyone’s story is their own, but there are strands of our experience of being human that connect us.

It’s often this connectedness that can get lost in today’s hectic lives leading to ‘dis-ease’ and disillusionment. I work relationally, using our relationship to explore your past experience of relationship which will influence how you relate to yourself and others today. Building connection in a therapeutic relationship can offer healing; journeying inwards can help us see ourselves and our problems in new ways. Often the feelings we are most afraid of have been cut off, leaving us feeling detached from our self. Exploring, understanding and reintegrating can help us feel part of our lives in a new way, where we no longer react, but respond.

Using the arts can help get beneath what words alone can convey. So much of what affects our everyday thoughts and behaviours is unconscious; harnessing our imagination and creativity, no matter where we are in our life, can enable deep and profound change.

We might use art, drama, clay, poetry/ writing, sandplay or bodywork and movement, depending on how you feel. Equally, we may simply speak – there is never any pressure to do anything, and there’s no right or wrong way to approach our work.

I offer longer term psychotherapy or short term more focused counselling, to explore challenges including:

anxiety, depression, feeling lost or stuck, relationship issues, stress, trauma, complex trauma/ PTSD, abuse, bereavement, low self-esteem, personality disorders, OCD, self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you might have. Having a chat on the phone can help both of us intuit if it feels like we might be a good fit or not. I offer a free exploratory session to do this.

*Please note - I am currently running a smaller private practice on Thursday daytimes only whilst undertaking more NHS work. Occasional evening sessions may also be available

Training, qualifications & experience

I have worked with adults and young people in a charity setting, NHS forensic services, and currently work as an Arts Psychotherapist in an NHS complex psychological interventions service for adults with complex trauma, alongside my private practice. I am registered as an Arts Psychotherapist with HCPC and a Integrative Psychotherapist with UKCP. I hold a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London (IATE).

I have a particular interest in trauma - complex and developmental - and am currently training in Somatic Experiencing.

I am also a Yoga Therapist and EFT practitioner.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

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Health and Care Professions Council

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They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.

Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.


UK Council for Psychotherapy

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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

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Free initial telephone or online session

Additional information

£45 for a 50 minute session. Concessions sometimes available, so please ask.

Further information

All sessions are taking place on zoom or by telephone at the current time.

*Please note - I am currently running a smaller private practice on Thursday daytimes only whilst undertaking more NHS work. Occasional evening sessions may also be available



Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people
Older adults

Key details

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Helen Hawthorne

Helen Hawthorne