Helen Skelton MSc, UKCP, BACP
Hello, and welcome to my profile.
Sometimes life can feel harder than usual to manage, even overwhelming. Maybe you need to talk, but it’s hard to find the right person to talk to. Therapy offers you a safe, confidential space in which you can explore your thoughts, experiences and feelings. By doing so, you have the opportunity to increase your self-understanding and manage your life in a more constructive, satisfying and healthy way.
I am a person-centred psychotherapist. Person-centred therapy is based on the work of Carl Rogers, a pioneer in humanistic psychology. Rogers believed that we each have within us the resources to live a healthy and fulfilling life, but that these can sometimes get blocked or distorted by our personal circumstances, experiences and relationships. He said
‘It is the client who knows what hurts, what directions to go, what problems are crucial, what experiences
have been deeply buried.’
This philosophy is at the heart of what I do.
Your life is unique, and I can never know you better than you do. So my intention is not to offer advice or guidance, but to listen, accept and accompany you, genuinely and without judgement, in your exploration of your experiences. I hope that you may come to find it easier to listen to and accept yourself, and to be able to make more genuinely fulfilling choices for yourself.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a member of both the UKCP and BACP and abide by both organisations' Codes of Ethics.
I trained at the Metanoia Institute in London where I gained a Clinical Diploma in Person-Centred Psychotherapy and an MSc in Contemporary Person-Centred Psychotherapy.
I work in private practice, and do work or have worked for specialist counselling services including the University of Brighton; Dialogue, the young people’s counselling service; Rise, a charity working with women survivors of domestic abuse; and Mankind, working with male survivors of sexual violence and abuse.
Some of the areas I work with include
- loss and bereavement
- sexual abuse
- domestic abuse
- gender identity
- relationship issues
- separation and divorce
- family difficulties
- unresolved issues from childhood
- personal illness
- the impact of the illness of another
- living with a disability
- work-related issues
- low confidence or self-esteem
- suicidal thoughts
- periods of change
- substance misuse
- the challenges of being a young adult
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.
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.
UK Council for Psychotherapy
The UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP) is a leading professional body for the education, training and regulation of psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors. Its register is accredited by the government's Professional Standards Authority.
As part of its commitment to protect the public, it works to improve access to psychotherapy, to support and disseminate research, to improve standards and to respond effectively to complaints against its members.
UKCP standards cover the range of different psychotherapies. Registration is obtained by training or accrediting with one of its member organisations, or by holding a European Certificate in Psychotherapy. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
My fee is £55 per 50 minute session. I offer some low-cost spaces and concessionary rates for counselling students.
It can take courage to talk to someone about your most personal thoughts and experiences, so it’s important that you find the right therapist or counsellor for you. For this reason I offer a free introductory session, for you to consider whether talking to me feels okay for you.