Helena Michaelson - Counsellor and Psychotherapist
Counselling and Psychotherapy in Holloway, London N7
Long-term open-ended psychotherapy and short-term counselling for adults of all backgrounds.
My clients come from every walk of life. My way of working is relational, which means I hope to connect with my clients on a personal level. I don't hide behind a professional facade and am not, in general, silent.
I work by providing a safe, confidential space in which to begin a conversation about the issues that are really affecting you.
Whether you are feeling anxious, depressed or confused by your feelings, or have the sense that you don't know what your feelings are, counselling and psychotherapy can help.
I am a Registered Accredited member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP Accred.) and work according to their Ethical Guidelines. I work from safe, comfortable, accessible rooms in Holloway, North London.
I am currently conducting all my sessions online.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained in Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy at Birkbeck, University of London and prior to this, studied Person-Centred Counselling.
My approach to therapy is relational. This means I work to build a boundaried therapeutic relationship with my clients, in which we can think together about their feelings and experiences and the relationships in their lives, both now and in the past.
I established my private practice in 2013. In addition to open-ended psychotherapy, I see clients for short-term counselling through an Employee Assistance Programme. I teach on a psychodynamic counselling training course which is accredited by both the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC). My previous work included writing, editing and tutoring.
My qualifications include:
- MSc Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy
- Certificate in Person-Centred Counselling
- MA Creative Writing
- MA English Literature
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.
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
Initial appointment £50
Fee for ongoing work is negotiable. I aim to offer therapy at an affordable and sustainable rate.
At an initial appointment, I will ask you what has brought you to therapy and begin to think with you about whether what I offer is appropriate for your needs. The initial appointment will last for 50 minutes and costs £50. We can both take some time to think after the session about whether to embark on a therapy.
If we agree to work together, we will find a time of the week that suits us both and agree a fee. Sessions last 50 minutes.
I send an invoice at the beginning of each month for payments in the previous month. Most clients choose to pay via bank transfer.
Concessions offered for
If you'd like to meet to discuss whether counselling could help, please be in touch for an initial consultation.
You can contact me by phone or email to ask any questions and to book an initial appointment. If you leave me a message, I will get back to you.
I work in safe, comfortable rooms in Manor Gardens, N7. The area is served by numerous buses and is equidistant from Finsbury Park, Holloway Road and Archway tube stations. The closest station is Upper Holloway (London Overground).
During the current situation, I am conducting all my sessions online through Zoom or Skype. I hope to resume face-to-face work when possible.