About me

I am a highly qualified and experienced Bereavement & Loss Counsellor with an established online and telephone nationwide practice, working from Henley on Thames. I specialise in helping adult clients process difficult feelings following loss and bereavement whatever the cause. I offer telephone and online sessions to clients nationwide, so you are very welcome to talk to me from wherever you are.

Whatever the cause of your loss or bereavement, I offer talking therapy to help support you.

Additionally, having personally experienced the traumatic death of a close family member, I really understand the shock, pain, isolation and anger that you may be feeling right now.

I believe that with the right support, it is possible to regain a sense of hope for your future. Bereavement counselling worked for me, and I want it to work for you too.

I trained as a specialist Counsellor with Cruse, the largest UK bereavement charity.

I have featured on both local and national BBC Radio, and contributed to research and books.

If you are ready please get in touch at: www.helenholbrook.com or leave me a message on 07312120660

Next Steps:

To get started, please leave a message on 07312120660

Or send an email to helen@helenholbrook.com

I will respond to you as quickly as I can, so please do leave a message. I aim to reply within 24hours between Monday and Friday.   

A free 10-15 minute telephone chat will help me understand your situation, so we can decide if we would like to work together.

The first session may last for up to 75 minutes as I gather some basic personal information from you (stored within GDPR guidelines)

Our weekly session will last 50 minutes on a regular day and time. I may be able to offer flexibility eg if you work shifts.

Therapy can be short, medium or long-term. Your therapy is always your choice, so we can discuss and agree on a planned ending when you feel ready.

Who Do I Work With?

Bereavement: I support adult clients nationwide, who are impacted by any death or significant loss, whatever the cause. Whether you have lost a child, a sibling, a parent or grandparent, talking about it can help. Your loss may be recent or long ago but the pain remains? Sharing your experience can help.

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused many to lose loved ones in harrowing circumstances. This is new to all of us, but the pain of traumatic loss can be helped by empathic listening support.

Sometimes, the death of a cherished pet can trigger difficult feelings. It is sometimes overlooked, but our pets are very dear to us, and their death can cause distress or trigger feelings linked to past bereavements. Talking about it can help release the pressure you may feel.

Specialist support can also help when grief has become chronic, or complex. This can happen when a death is not talked about and the feelings remain locked away inside, with no outlet. Being heard can help you to process your thoughts safely.

Loss: I also help adults who have experienced major losses such as their home, a job and/or a relationship. Even if the loss has been expected, the effects can be devastating. Counselling can help you process what has happened and perhaps find hope when all seems lost.

If your self-esteem, confidence or hope have been shattered by trauma or loss, I can work with you to recover some sense of a 'new normal'.  Together, at your own pace, we can begin to make sense of what is happening for you now.

Please see my website for more detail: www.helenholbrook.com

How I Work:

Since qualifying as an Integrative counsellor, nowadays I choose to focus on a Person-centred approach. Person-centred means that as you share your thoughts and feelings you will be listened to with respect, compassion and empathy. This approach supports you by encouraging you through non-judgmental active listening.

The benefit of talking therapy is that we work with what you choose to talk about in the session. Active listening encourages and supports you to explore thoughts and feelings that affect you now. Clients report feeling encouraged by how helpful they find it - sometimes more quickly than expected.

Support will be tailored to your needs at all times: you will always be in control of your therapy and it's duration. This adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics guideline that a client should experience autonomy regarding their therapeutic process.

To get started, please contact me by phone or email. I will respond to voicemails as quickly as I can, so please do leave a message if necessary.

Please get in touch now at: helen@helenholbrook.com or mobile: 07312120660

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Specialist Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxford
  • Sudden and Traumatic Death certificate, Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxford
  • AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
  • Aim Awards Level 4 Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
  • Universal Safeguarding for Children certificate, Time to Talk/Adviza, Reading
  • Youth Counsellor at Time to Talk, Reading
  • BA Honours 1st class: European Humanities

I am a Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy MBACP

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

Bereavement and loss can happen any time, and sometimes you may already be dealing with other issues in your life eg health or family related. For this reason I indicate that I help with a wide range of issues because they may be things you would like to explore within your therapy sessions. That is perfectly ok, and I will be happy to offer listening support with whatever you want to talk about.

Common (and normal) reactions to bereavement & loss include:

Anxiety and mild depression

Feeling sad and confused

Feeling hopeless and lonely

Feeling angry and abandoned

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Initial consultation lasts around 75 minutes: £60

50 minute session thereafter: £60

We will speak on a regular day and time each week.

Full payment is charged for sessions you miss, unless I can offer an alternative appointment in the same week. Please note that this cannot be guaranteed.

Fees by bank transfer are appreciated on the day of treatment, thank you.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

I am currently taking on new clients nationwide so please leave a voicemail on 07312120660

or email me at helen@helenholbrook.com to check availability

Thank you, Helen

Further information

It can sometimes feel daunting for a client to think about online sessions, but you needn't worry because I will help you with the 'technical stuff'.  All you need is a quiet room where you can speak confidentially and safely; a reasonable internet connection and computer, phone or laptop. Earphones can be helpful for some people. Some people find their car offers the quiet they need; it really doesn't matter as long as you have privacy.

After a session it is quite normal to want some quiet time to process what may come up for you. Try to make sure that you have some time immediately afterwards where you can be undisturbed - easier said than done sometimes!

Sometimes, even the best laid plans can go awry: poor internet connection, faulty tech etc. If this happens we can always switch to the phone, so you will have your session as planned. Clients have been very positive about their online and telephone experience - why not get in touch now to find out more?

Client Comments:

"I can already feel a weight lifting off me from talking to you" DS
"Things are starting to make a bit more sense" BW
"I feel more normal than I have for years" KA

HENLEY-ON-THAMES
Oxfordshire
RG9

London
W1W

Type of session

Online
Phone

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Helen Holbrook

Helen Holbrook