Helen Holbrook - Psychotherapeutic Counsellor, MBACP
Hello, and thank you for choosing to explore my profile today,
You may be wondering if therapy might help you, and how to choose a therapist? Please be assured that you are not alone.
I support clients who feel anxious for many reasons, including coronavirus, redundancy, relationship breakdown or illness and bereavement. Often, we can lose self-esteem and hope, and not know where to turn. We may feel ashamed of our inability to cope, and feel afraid to tell anyone. Sometimes we cannot find the words at all, but know what it feels like. Some people feel angry and worried about that.
I feel fortunate to have benefitted from personal therapy over the years, with some very talented and caring practitioners. Such therapy has enhanced and enriched my life. This inspired me to train as a therapist, to help others who find themselves in challenging circumstances. Put simply, I know that therapy works, and I want it to work for you too.
My focus is on the the Person-centred approach, that holds you at the heart of it.
During this coronavirus pandemic, many of us are struggling to cope with a new reality that feels unwelcome and frightening. Some are experiencing loss of personal freedom, or loss of certainty in the future as a result.
We can explore these anxieties together by talking through them, to help you build resilience for the future.
Whatever you are struggling with, you can be assured that I will listen to you carefully and without judgment so we can discover the best way forward. As an Integrative counsellor I draw on various techniques that may help with your personal situation.
I have worked with bereaved clients for several years, with a special interest in supporting those bereaved by suicide and other traumatic loss.
How counselling can help:
Maybe it's hard to pinpoint what the issue is, and all you know is that you want to feel better?
I will encourage you to explore your thoughts and feelings safely.
We will work together to achieve the best result for you.
At all times, treatment will be tailored to your needs, with me alongside you.
We will check regularly that you feel supported and safe.
We could explore how you may develop resilience for the future.
You will always be in control of your therapy, and its duration.
Sessions will be at a regular weekly day and time, for 50 minutes. The duration of therapy varies from short-term to long-term, but will always be regularly assessed together. This adheres to the BACP Code of Ethics guideline that a client should be in charge of their own decisions regarding continuing therapy.
Some comments from my clients :
"I can already feel a weight lifting off me from talking to you" DS, 2017
"Things are starting to make a bit more sense" BW, 2018
"I feel more normal than I have for years" KA, 2019
"I feel that you understand" TM, 2020
"It feels like our work together is coming to fruition" SA, 2021
If you are curious about working with me, that's a good place to start. Please send me a short email, so I can reply to arrange a first session that includes the initial assessment.
Let's explore together if this might be what you are looking for,
Training, qualifications & experience
Specialist Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxford since 2017
Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling
BA Honours 1st class: European Humanities
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
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Loss of a child
Loss by suicide
Loss by murder
Complex and prolonged grief
Other traumatic loss
Initial consultation including assessment lasts around 1 hour: £50
50 minute session thereafter: £50
Sessions will be 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.
What to expect in your first session:
Once I receive your email enquiry, I will reply to arrange a date for our initial consultation that normally lasts around one hour. I will ask some questions about what you expect from counselling, and we will consider how we could work together to achieve this. You can ask any questions you have about the process of therapy. We will use most of the time to understand what your issues may be, and your hopes for how counselling may help. After this, we should know if we wish to proceed.
Please email me with a brief outline of your situation,
I look forward to hearing from you.