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Helen Holbrook - Bereavement & Loss Specialist MNCS (Accred); MBACP; Ad.Dip.PsyC

About me

I am a highly qualified and experienced Bereavement & Loss Counsellor with an established practice, both online and in Henley on Thames. As well as helping clients with general life issues like anxiety and mild depression, I specialise in working with traumatic loss and bereavement.

Having personally experienced the traumatic death of a close family member, I really understand the shock, pain, isolation and anger that clients may be feeling. I strongly believe that with the right support, it is possible to regain a sense of hope for your future.

I have benefitted from personal therapy over the years, and that inspired me to train as a therapist to help others face their challenges.

Put simply, I know that therapy works, 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.

Next Steps:

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.

We will arrange a free 10-15 minute telephone assessment, to decide if we might work together.

The following initial session may up to 75 minutes.

Weekly sessions lasting 50 minutes will be at a regular day and time each week.

Therapy can be short, medium or long-term. The duration of your therapy will be regularly assessed until ended by mutual agreement.

Who Do I Work With?

I support clients who have suffered the unexpected and unimaginable pain of losing someone due to tragedy. That pain can be compounded if friends and family are also grieving, and unable or unwilling to help. The isolation of dealing with serious loss can add to the trauma, and delay healing. Complicated grief can occur as a result, and sometimes this can take years to surface.

Other clients I help have experienced major losses such as their home, a job and/or a relationship.

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'.  I cannot promise it will be easy, but I can promise to stay alongside you, at your own pace, along the way.

How I Work:

I qualified as an Integrative counsellor; I focus on the Person-centred approach, that holds you at the heart of it, whilst drawing on experience of other techniques as appropriate. Person-centred means that as you share your thoughts and feelings confidentially, you will be listened to with respect, compassion and empathy. The cornerstone of this approach is support through non-judgmental active listening.

The beauty of talking therapy is that we work with what you choose to bring into the room (or Zoom, currently). The act of speaking plus the art of active listening can combine with surprising results. Insight, intuition, self-compassion have been expressed by clients.

Treatment 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.

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, and an Accredited Member of the National Counselling Society MNCS (Accred)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

Registered / Accredited

Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.

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.

NCS

National Counselling Society

The National Counselling Society

This Not For Profit association of counsellors and psychotherapists aim to support the counselling profession, members and training organisations.

In 2013 the NCS register was accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under the Accredited Voluntary Register Scheme. 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.

National Counselling Society

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

Anxiety and mild depression, feeling sad

Fees

£60.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Telephone Assessment 10-15 minutes: Free

Initial consultation lasts around 75 minutes: £60

50 minute session thereafter: £60

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.

Availability

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

Tuesday & Thursday mornings at 10.00 and 11.30

Wednesday afternoon at 1.30 and 3pm

Subject to availability

Further information

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

Key details

Sign language
Other languages None

Type of session

In person
Online
Phone
Home visits

Types of client

Adults
Older adults
Helen Holbrook - Bereavement & Loss Specialist MNCS (Accred); MBACP; Ad.Dip.PsyC

Helen Holbrook - Bereavement & Loss Specialist MNCS (Accred); MBACP; Ad.Dip.PsyC