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BA(Hons), PGDip, MBACP

About me

I am an experienced psychotherapist who works with adults. You are welcome to work with me either in person at my comfortable office which is on the border between North Yorkshire and East Lancashire or if you prefer, I am equally qualified and experienced to work with you online.

My way of working is informal and relaxed. I don’t make judgements or tell you what I think you should do. I begin by helping you to tell me what is troubling you. I listen carefully and support you to make sense of your experiences, thoughts, and emotions. I help you to find meanings, identify patterns, and explore your choices. I support you, to think about yourself with more compassion and clarity; strengthen your sense of who you are; and, better understand your relationships with others.

I work in a way which draws on different models of psychotherapy which include, psychoanalytic, self psychology humanistic and contemporary cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) while drawing on evidence from current research in psychotherapy, psychology and neuroscience.

How we get into difficulties is dependent on our unique experiences; my training and experience enables me to tailor how I work to fit with your individual needs.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • BA (Hons) Counselling and Psychotherapy (1st Class)
  • PGDip (level 7) Integrative Psychotherapy (Distinction)

I am committed to my ongoing training and learning to enhance my knowledge and skills; I continue to update my expertise with current evidence, research and developments in the fields of psychotherapy, psychology and neuroscience. I attend training events and conferences, read relevant publications and professional journals and I bring this contemporary understanding to my work with you.

Examples of issues I often work with include:

Abuse, ADD/ADHD, Addictions, Anxiety, Depression, Development Coaching, Disordered Eating (compulsive/binge eating), Health Related Issues, Identity Issues, Loss, Obsessions, Personal Development, Relationships, Self Esteem, Stress, Alcohol Use Disorder, Trauma, Work Related Issues.

Member organisations


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

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Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.

Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.

All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.

Accredited register membership

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Accredited Register Scheme

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British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£50.00 per session
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session

Additional information

I offer an initial 15 minute phone call and 30 minute consultation free of charge

Further information

I feel grateful because I love my work. To ensure I work well and provide my clients with an ethical and best quality service I keep to a limited number of clients in my caseload. This also enables me to do something related in the field which I also enjoy, to work as a guest lecture and member of a Post Graduate Psychotherapy Course Team at the University of Central Lancashire.

My work with trainee therapists extends to Leeds Beckett University where I am a member of the External Partners’ Network; I am approved to provide the mandatory personal therapy for their personal development to students who are training to be counsellors and psychotherapists.

Helen Maggie Watson, The Rainhall Centre, Rainhall Road, Barnoldswick, Lancashire, BB18 5DR

Type of session

In person

Types of client


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