Hello there. I'm Helena, a friendly, qualified counsellor and psychotherapist.
If you are feeling unsteady, lacking strength or if you don't feel able to "bounce back" then get in touch. I provide an easy to access counselling and psychotherapy service for adults aged 18 years and upwards. To start you off, I offer a low rate initial consultation for all potential clients.
I am based in St Margarets, Twickenham. The Practice is 2 minutes walk from St Margarets Station or 10 minutes from Richmond or Twickenham Station. The consultation rooms are independent from the private surrounded residences. They are self contained and discreet.
In addition to my private practice, I work at a busy North London University and have until recently, worked for a number of years at a busy NHS GP Practice.
Why might you seek counselling or psychotherapy?
There are a number of reasons why individuals seek counselling. Some may find that talking about certain issues to friends or family is simply too hard. Counselling provides a comfortable space for you to explore the difficulties you have been grappling with and an opportunity to discuss ways in which to overcome them.
I am an Integrative Therapist which means that I use a variety of counselling styles that best suit your needs. In the initial consultation, we discuss what you can expect from counselling and how it will work. For most, the anticipation of taking the first step can be daunting but let me reassure you that it needn't be and I will do my very best to make you feel comfortable. The initial consultation also gives you a chance to decide if we can work together and discuss what you'd like to achieve from therapy.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a fully qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist. I qualified with a first class BA honours degree in Integrative Relational Psychotherapy and Counselling. I am a registered member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP). As a member, I am bound by the BACP Ethical framework which sets the standard for good and ethical therapeutic practice.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Before training as a Counsellor, I enjoyed a 15 year career in Sales and Marketing working in large organisations. I left my career to raise a family and have since retrained in this field.