Helen Mackay C.Psychol, AFBPsS
Life is rarely straightforward, and at times we all need support to see our way through difficulties, or to bring about changes. I offer a safe opportunity to work through the issues you are facing, collaborate in making sense of your experience & find ways to cope better.
I tailor therapy to your needs & resources, making use of my training in several therapeutic models to help achieve the changes you want to make. It's not unusual for issues or goals to evolve or become clarified as we progress, or for you to be unsure and find them difficult to articulate at first. Our aim is to understand what's going on for you, and work out what's difficult & why. With that insight - often very powerful in itself - comes the impetus for making the changes you want, or simply expressing the feelings you need to.
I offer short & long term therapy to adults (18+) who can be self-funding or using a health insurance policy.
Training, qualifications & experience
MSc Counselling Psychology
Chartered Counselling Psychologist (C.Psychol) with the British Psychological Society (BPS)
Associate Fellow of the BPS
Registered Counselling Psychologist with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC)
I have more than 20 years' experience in various therapy settings within the NHS (Primary Care & CMHT) and Higher Education. I have also had a private practice in Reading for more than 10 years. Prior to training as a psychologist, I worked in industry & the legal profession. I maintain regular CPD training and mandatory supervision.
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.
British Psychological Society
British Psychological Society
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Individuals/couples : £80 per 50 minute session if self-funding.
Fee assured for all major health insurance policies including Bupa, AXAPPP, Aviva, WPA, Cigna, Vitality, Healix.
I can sometimes offer reduced-fee sessions for psychologists in training.
I am generally available during weekday business hours.
I can help with a wide range of problems including anxiety, depression, relationship problems; issues around self-esteem & confidence; grief & loss; managing other life transitions eg ageing, divorce, pregnancy/infertility; work-related issues e.g redundancy, stress, career planning, motivation; anger management; phobias; self-development.
I will respond to enquiries & contact as soon as possible within office hours, but please note that I do not provide a crisis response service or out of office hours service. If you have an urgent concern, feel at risk or are in crisis, please contact your GP, emergency services or the Samaritans.