Helen Macdonald, Counsellor & Psychotherapist, MSc, PGDip, RMBACP
Welcome. I am a qualified psychological therapist/counsellor. I am trained in a range of theories, my MSc was in person-centered therapy but prior to this my training was in transactional analysis and attachment based therapies. My practice is very non-directive and I continue to hold an unwavering trust in an individual's ability to find their own path toward health and this is the concept of the actualizing tendency, as described by Carl Rogers -
"Individuals have within themselves vast resources for self-understanding and for altering their self-concepts, basic attitudes, and self-directed behavior; these resources can be tapped if a definable climate of facilitative psychological attitudes can be provided (Rogers, 1980, A Way of Being, p115)"
I work with adults and young people struggling with a whole range of emotional and wellbeing issues, for example low-mood, depression, stress, anxiety, self-esteem issues and relationship difficulties. I also have a specific interest in perinatal and infant mental health so often work with expectant or new parents who have emotional, attachment or other mental health issues which may be heightened at this particular time. My hope for our work is that you reach a greater level of self-awareness and understanding; maybe identifying what might be holding you back from living life to your full potential.
I work from a very comfortable, purpose-built, private space in Lichfield and can be flexible about appointment times working both during the day and some evenings. I like to talk to all potential clients before meeting with them so if you have contacted me by email I will usually arrange to call you for a brief chat before we make an initial appointment. This first appointment gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns and to experience a therapy session (I realise that for many people this will be for the first time) - you will find it a non-judgmental and confidential experience and it will give you the chance to decide whether you feel comfortable with me as your therapist. At this point you can make another appointment to continue to work with me, or you can go away and think about whether this is what you want to do at this time. If you decide that, for whatever reason, you don't wish to go on and work with me I can guarantee you will not be pressured in any way.
For more details of how I work please do see my website www.hmcounsellingtherapy.co.uk where you can contact me direct.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Psychology (Distinction) (Keele University)
Post Graduate Diploma, Counselling Psychology (Keele University)
TA 101 and TA Options Foundation Year (Manchester Institute)
Counselling Skills (Sherwood Institute)
Registered Member BACP - I am a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and I abide by their Ethical Framework for Good Practice in Counselling and Psychotherapy, which means I work under very strict terms of confidence and have regular and rigorous supervision myself.
I worked for several years as a therapist within an NHS IAPT service and also as an associate within a university counselling service. I have experience of both short and longer-term work.
Prior to moving into counselling psychology I was a director within a large financial services organisation, responsible for legal and compliance, risk, training and human resources, so I have been working to support individuals for my entire career.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Drug abuse
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic disorder
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
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Fees for one-to-one sessions are £60 per hour; couples sessions cost £85 per hour.
I have experience of working with those impacted by past trauma; abuse; eating disorders; addiction; and bereavement (including child bereavement). I am also particularly interested in working with parents or soon-to-be parents, looking at the quality/style of their own attachment and helping to support them as they conceptualise and then form a healthy and enriching relationship with their baby.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I can offer appointments for clients during working hours and also have some evening availability.
Types of client