Dr Helena Belgrave
I offer individual psychotherapy in comfortable surroundings for those who are in crisis or looking to explore who they are and/or who they want to be.
I practice in an existential way predominantly, which looks at the meaning that people give to the various facets of their lives. Issues such as authenticity, freedom, responsibility, choice, and interacting with others often surface, as well as any anxieties a client may be experiencing. Patterns of behaviour are also explored, so that clients can find a way of being that works better for them.
Depending on the circumstances, I also draw from my experience in psychoanalytic, person centred, CBT and trauma work (Narrative exposure therapy and CBT for trauma).
What to Expect
Therapy sessions last 50 minutes and within this time the client decides what to discuss. My role is to guide this discussion, and create an environment that enables the client to trust the process and speak openly about issues.
Although I see adults with a range of issues, I also have a clinic at Dulwich Therapy Rooms specialising in mothers and mothers to be. Therapy sessions here are provided to help women to prepare for or adapt to their new situation and to deal with a new set of responsibilities and roles. I work specifically with prenatal and postnatal depression and anxiety as well as birth trauma.
Training, qualifications & experience
I hold a doctorate in counselling psychology, with chartered psychologist status with the British Psychological Society, and registration with the Health and Care Professions Council.
Apart from my private practice work, I have also worked in the NHS in an IAPT (primary care psychotherapy) service, seeing a diverse range of clients, as well as conducting general and PTSD assessments. Whilst in training, I had a number of placements within the NHS, including within a perinatal service, and in a project for people with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. I also had a placement in a charity for women suffering from domestic abuse. I have been seeing clients with a range of issues in my private practice for the last five years.
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Initial assessment session: £80
50 minute individual sessions: £80
Psychology and Psychotherapy trainees: £60 a session
Perinatal assessment session: £80
50 minute perinatal session: £80
I am also a recognised psychology provider for a number of health insurance companies. Please contact me to check my coverage.
I am based at Dulwich Therapy Rooms in East Dulwich. It is a 10 minute walk from East Dulwich train station.
I offer day and evening sessions during the week.