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Helen Swords MA UKCP

Chesham HP5 & Hammersmith W6
01494 708 858 01494 708 858 07957 432 851 07957 432 851 Registered / Accredited

I supervise the clinical work of trainee and more experienced psychoanalysts, psychotherapists and counsellors. I am currently expanding this work, and so I hope you will feel free to contact me for an initial conversation. Practitioners of different psychological modalities are welcome too. Whilst I am an experienced psychoanalytically trained psychotherapist, I am committed to remaining thoughtful and open minded as a supervisor, in order to help nurture you, and your patients.

I have been supporting adult individual clients and couples for a broad range of psychological difficulties, over a period of 20 years. This work has been conducted from different settings: the NHS, the voluntary sector, through EAP programmes, in private practice, and within schools. I undertake clinical assessments, and these are carried out with as much subtlety as possible in early sessions in particular. As you will be aware, these are required to identify clients 'at risk' and/ or to diagnose patients presenting with chronic long-standing issues including those termed as 'personality disorders' and psychoses. Assessment enables the development of appropriate treatment for each unique client.

I am passionate about finding creative ways to alleviate patients' suffering. Clinical work can be divided into two different spheres. Firstly, that which is about psychotherapy/counselling: helping to name and address patients' everyday 'here and now' surface struggles. This is enormously important to get right. Secondly, the work of analysis. I do this in my own practice by working closely with the nuances of individual patients' language; listening out for underlying, often trans-generational unconscious conflicts, that cause distress and set up patients' defences that may have out lived their use-by date. Working at this level allows patients to discover what has been causing and 'driving' their specific suffering beneath the surface of daily life, so that they can effect lasting change. 

Please get in touch if you wish to find out more.

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Richford Gate Primary Care Centre
W6 7HY


Type of session

In person
Home visits

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Wheelchair user access


Week days and Saturdays.

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Employee Assistance Programme


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