Helen Mackay C.Psychol, AFBPsS

Helen Mackay    C.Psychol, AFBPsS

About me

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

BSc Psychology
MSc Counselling Psychology
Post-MSc DipCoPsych
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 almost 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 10 years. Prior to training as a psychologist, I worked in industry & the legal profession. I maintain regular CPD training and mandatory supervision.


Member organisations

Registered / Accredited


Other areas of counselling I deal with

Personal development


Individuals/couples : £80 per session if self-funding. Fee assured for all major health insurance policies .
I can sometimes offer reduced-fee sessions for psychologists in training.

Further information

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.

Maps & Directions

Reading, RG1

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes
Home visits: No

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


Wheelchair access: Unspecified


I am available weekdays from 8am to 6pm.

Types of client

Older adults