About me

Hello, and thank you for reading my page.

Let me help you understand why you have learned to behave the way you do, and how others relate to you.

Please note that during this Corona Virus crisis I am only working via Skype / FaceTime etc.

Getting started: Phone or email me, and I will be happy to help.

I understand how overwhelming it can be to see so many names and profiles, so if you would just like to ask some questions, phone me or email me, with no obligation.Then, if you would like to meet, my first session with you is always free. During that session we can discuss what it is you would like to gain from counselling.  After that, if you feel that you would be comfortable working with me, we can continue weekly or by arrangement.  Just call or email me, and I will be happy to answer your questions.

I am qualified, passionate about what I do and am experienced in helping adults, couples and teenagers, as well as helping as a Family Dynamics Therapist. I have also worked extensively with Ex-Boarders and their partners, and run Group Therapy for Partners of ex-Boarders in West Hampstead and Guildford.

I can help you to understand why you have got to be where you are in life, and help you have the tools to make changes to move forward.

I have experience in helping with:

  • Loss and Grief
  • Divorce and Separation problems
  • Attachment issues, including post adoption problems and relationship difficulties
  • Adults who have come from a difficult background, and have suffered emotional, physical and sexual abuse as children and/or as younger adults
  • Self esteem issues
  • Rape and other sexual assault traumas
  • Domestic violence which includes emotional and physical as well as sexual abuse
  • Eating disorders
  • Depression and a feeling of not being able to cope with life
  • Post traumatic stress and traumas
  • Ex Armed forces help
  • Boarding School survivors
  • Partners Of Ex-Boarders
  • Anxiety and sadness
  • Adolescent and teenage challenges
  • Male Depression

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Advanced Post-Grad Diploma in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling
  • Degree in Psychology
  • MA in Psychotherapeutic Practice
  • Diploma in Boarding School Syndrome
  • Certificates in Humanistic therapy, CBT and Transactional Analysis
  • 10 years experience as Volunteer Counsellor with young adults and young people
  • Registered Member of the BACP (British Association of Counselling Practitioners)
  • Holistic Insurance Public Liability Cover
  • DBS checked

Member organisations


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

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Boarding School survivors and Partners of Ex-Boarders therapy - Attachment issues in adults -
Emetophobia and other phobias related to vomiting and germs - Male depression

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counselling
  • Existential therapy
  • Family/systemic therapy
  • Gestalt therapy
  • Group therapy
  • Humanistic therapies
  • Integrative
  • Interpersonal therapy
  • Jungian therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Other therapies
  • Person-centred therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Psychoanalytic therapy
  • Psychoanalytical and psychodynamic
  • Psychodynamic therapy
  • Psychosexual therapy
  • Psychosynthesis
  • Solution focused brief therapy
  • Transactional analysis
  • Transpersonal psychology


My first session is always free.
From £65 per session

I understand how overwhelming it can be to see so many names and profiles, so if you would just like to ask some questions, phone me or email me, with no obligation.

Further information

I have been working with Boarders, Ex-Boarders and their Partners for many years, and have completed research on the experience of being a Partner of an ex-Boarder for an MA.



Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language
Other languages French


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access

Consulting room in Petersfield is not wheelchair friendly unfortunately


I work from 9 am to 8.30 pm. I am not available on weekends

Types of client

Young people
Older adults


Helena Thomas

Helena Thomas