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MA IAP, MA (Dubl) Registered: UKCP, HCPC, BACP, BAAT

About me

I am a registered Clinical Psychotherapist, Art Therapist and Counsellor providing Therapy and Supervision in my North London practice [N4].

I have worked as a Manager Therapist with a diverse Mental Health population within a prominent outpatient organisation and have experience of working in NHS Mental Health services, as an Honorary Psychotherapist at Central and North West London Inpatient Rehabilitation Unit.

I have particular experience in working with relationship issues and depression and have worked extensively with those suffering from low self esteem, bereavement, stress, OCD, addiction, self-harm, trauma, as well as issues relating to identity and culture, personal development, intimacy, and life transitions.

I have an MA in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in which I trained for four years.  I am also accredited and registered with UKCP, HCPC, BACP and BAAT as an arts therapist and psychotherapist. Through my Integrative approach I combine Gestalt, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic, Mindfulness, Jung, and the Transpersonal, alongside consulting the latest developments in Neuroscience and Attachment research.  This integrative approach gives us a range of options and means that together we can find the ideal way of working that suits you.

Whatever your reason for therapy, my aim is to create a non-judgmental and therapeutic environment where you can be authentic and where challenging feelings, thoughts and experiences can be communicated, sensed and understood.​

Training, qualifications & experience

My Qualifications:

  • MA Integrative Arts Psychotherapy (Merit) - London Met & IATE
  • Post Graduate Diploma Integrative Arts Psychotherapy - IATE
  • MA (Hons) Philosophy and English Literature - Trinity College, Dublin
  • MA (Hons) Acting - Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

Further Trainings:

  • Literature and Mental Health - University of Warwick
  • Family Support: Child Development, Postnatal Depression, Co-dependency, Conflict - Homestart, London
  • Working with Women affected by Domestic Violence - The Women’s Trust, London
  • Fine Art in Practice - City Literary Institute, London
  • ICSK-L2 Counselling Skills - CPCAB (Counselling and Psychotherapy Central Awarding Body)
  • CATT LEVEL 1 & LEVEL 2 Accelerated Trauma Treatment

My Registrations:

  • BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
  • HCPC (Health and Care Professions Council)
  • BAAT (British Association of Art Therapists)
  • UKCP (UK Council for Psychotherapy)

My Experience:

  • Art Therapy Lecturer: University of Roehampton
  • Arts Psychotherapy Lecturer: Institute of Arts in Therapy and Education
  • Studio Manager Art Therapist: Studio Upstairs, London
  • Honorary Psychotherapist: Central and North West London NHS
  • Counsellor and Therapist: Bromley Community Counselling Service
  • Therapist Facilitator: Kids Company, London

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.


UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP)

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.


British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP)

BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).

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.


Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.

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.

Accredited register membership

UK Council for Psychotherapy

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.

UK Council for Psychotherapy
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

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.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy


£70.00 per session
Free initial telephone session

Additional information

Sessions last 50 minutes and are at the same time weekly

When I work

I offer evening sessions as well as sessions during the day.

Further information

If you are interested in working with me, I recommend sending a brief email enquiry, and I will endeavour to get in touch to answer any questions you might have.  Then we can arrange a ten to fifteen minute phone call, free of charge, in order for you to find out about how I work, and for me to find out more about you, in order to decide whether my approach may work for you.

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Older adults


In person

​I have experience of supervising therapists within out-patient settings, as well as teaching, lecturing, mentoring and tutoring MA psychotherapy students of UKCP and HCPC registration.

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Helen Vance

Helen Vance