Peter Hellsten (PgDip Couns., Reg. MBACP)
Hello and welcome to my profile page. My name is Peter Hellsten and I am a counsellor, psychotherapist and trauma therapist with over 25 years experience in the helping professions.
I graduated from the University of Edinburgh, where I trained both in the psychodynamic and person-centred traditions, which continue to inform my therapeutic stance. As a registered member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, I practice within a framework of ethical guidelines and standards.
My therapeutic practice is based on the idea that difficulties experienced in the present quite often have their roots in the past. We may, without being aware of it, have formed patterns of thinking, feeling, relating and behaving that may have become troublesome, unhelpful or unwanted in our lives today.
Counselling and psychotherapy can provide a nurturing relationship in a comfortable and safe environment, where we can give free expression to our feelings, explore our thoughts and reflect on our behaviours and experiences. Therapy can help people overcome ‘stuckness’ that stands in the way of emotional and mental well-being. By moving to a more fluid, expansive way of being, positive feelings such as empathy, self-esteem, love, courage and contentment may increase.
I welcome anyone who feels that counselling and psychotherapy may be of help. You may want to explore a particular issue or situation in your life, or invest in your continued personal growth and development.
Whilst I promote and encourage personal growth with clients, I am equally committed to my own continuous personal and professional development. Over the past years I have developed a particular interest in working with trauma and this has led me to start training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy. In addition, I am currently studying for a PhD in Counselling Studies at The University of Edinburgh.
If you would like to find out more, or wish to book an initial appointment with me, please visit my website at www.peterhellsten.co.uk
For now, take care and I look forward to hearing from you.
Training, qualifications & experience
- Master in Social Work/DipSW
- PgCert Social Services Leadership (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen)
- PgDipBA (Robert Gordon University Aberdeen)
- COSCA Cert. Counselling Skills (Edinburgh College)
- PgDip in Counselling/Psychotherapy (The University of Edinburgh)
- Currently training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
I have experience in supporting clients with a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, loss, bereavement and grief, low self-esteem, anger, trauma, dissociation and dissociative disorders, relationships, gender and sexuality as well as victimisation and bullying.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Child related issues
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Internet addiction
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Sex addiction
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Other areas of counselling I deal with
- Coming out
- Gender Identity
- High risk sexual behaviours
- LGBTQI+ issues
- (Complex) Trauma and Dissociative disorders
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Finding a counsellor or psychotherapist you can trust and relate to is really important and central to the positive outcome of working together. With this in mind, I offer our first appointment at a reduced rate of £40. This will allow you to meet with me, discuss your needs, hopes and desired outcomes and also to help you decide if I am the right therapist for you.
Thereafter, if we agree to meet regularly for a period of time or on an open-ended basis my fee is £50 for a standard 50-minute appointment. In some circumstances I might be able to offer concessional rates, however spaces are limited and may not always be available right away.
My consulting rooms (A Quiet Room at the Shore) in Edinburgh are located in the heart of The Shore in Leith and can easily be reached by public transport. There is free on street parking available. I am available in Edinburgh Monday to Wednesdays.
I also have a private practice in Livingston, West Lothian where I work on Thursdays.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
I work Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays in Edinburgh and Saturdays near Livingston in West Lothian. Please, visit my website www.peterhellsten.co.uk to check my current availability. Thanks
Types of client
|Employee Assistance Programme|