Helen is a UKCP-registered attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist. She trained at The Bowlby Centre. She sees adults for a range of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, disordered eating and trauma.
I can help with...
- Anger management
- Attachment disorder
- Bereavement and loss
- Body image
- Changing bad habits
- Communication skills
- Dissociative disorders
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Fear of failure
- Health anxiety/hypochondriasis
- Identity issues
- 'Inner child' issues
- Loneliness and isolation
- Low mood
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Major life changes
- Masculinity and men’s issues
- Narcissistic abuse
- Personal development
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Psychological abuse
- Regaining control of emotions
- Relationship difficulties
- Sexual abuse
- Social anxiety
- Somatic illnesses
- Traumatic childhood
- Unexplained and persistent physical symptoms
- Weight management
- Work-related issues
Types of client I see
- Older people
- Trainee and qualified clinicians
Languages I speak
- Contact me for details
Types of therapy I offer
- Attachment-based psychotherapy
- Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Therapy is a wonderful way to get to know ourselves better, but it can also help us lay past ghosts to rest and to develop emotional resilience, where we no longer react in one (or more) default unhelpful and possibly sabotaging ways. As a result, we feel less overwhelmed by the things life can throw at us, enabling the possibility that life becomes richer and more fulfilling.
What kind of default ways of responding am I talking about? Perhaps you fly off the handle with others (or yourself) when things go wrong, resort to self-harm of any number of forms (for instance, cutting or other forms of physical self-harm, suicide attempts, overeating, alcohol or drug binges, shopping over and above what you can afford, or risky sexual experiences, to name but a few possibilities). You might push people you love and care about away, or cling to them as if your life depended on it. Or you might feel generally overwhelmed by emotions, perhaps to the point that you cut off from the world around you (via excessive daydreaming, losing chunks of time, or doing things you can’t remember doing).
As an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist I work with clients to understand how their past might be impacting on their present, including how patterns of dysfunctional relating get repeated over and over again. Therapy is a place to gain an understanding of why we repeat such patterns, even when we truly do not want to repeat them.
In attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapy, the working relationship between therapist and client is key to this work – put simply, what it feels like to be in the room together. People can have a multitude of different feelings about this type of work – anticipation, interest, eagerness and excitement, or more scary feelings such as confusion, unease or apprehension, anxiety or fear (which might even feel strong enough to be labelled as terror). Whatever feelings you bring, I am keen to walk beside you as we embark on a journey together to identify, understand and work through whatever is holding you back from living a life that more closely matches your hopes and dreams.
I offer psychotherapy and counselling, time-limited or on-going input, short-term or long-term contracts and training. I also offer supervision for qualified healthcare practitioners including (but not limited to) counsellors and psychotherapists.
Training, qualifications and experience
I trained at the Bowlby Centre, to become an attachment-based psychoanalytic psychotherapist.
I have been working as a psychotherapist in private practice since December 2008.
I am in the process of qualifying as a UKCP-accredited supervisor, enabling me to supervise healthcare professionals in their clinical work. As I am working towards accreditation, I charge a lower fee for this service (£60 per session).
Prior to training as a psychotherapist, I was an HCPC-registered dietitian for over 20 years. Although over this time I worked with a wide range of specialities, in the last 15 years I primarily worked with people with eating disorders, including anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder. I was lucky enough to co-write 2 well-respected books on recovering from eating disorders – one written for professionals and one as a self-help book.
Code of ethics
I abide by the UKCP Code of Ethics. This covers confidentiality, supervision, continued professional development, and so on, making my work transparent and accountable.
Fees and availability
- £80 for a 50-minute psychotherapy session
- £60 for a 50-minute supervision session
- Thursday lunchtimes
I am committed to making therapy available to people who might not be able to afford the standard fee for private psychotherapy. Therefore, I have a small number of spaces available for such work. Please let me know when you contact me if this is something you might be interested in.
Initially, I feel it is important to develop a relationship via face-to-face sessions. However, once the relationship feels established I am happy to offer sessions via telephone, video or email if practical problems prevent you from attending in person. I feel it is important to have regular sessions, so would rather have contact in one of these forms than a gap in treatment.
For psychotherapy, I allow up to 3 cancellations per calendar year which you do not pay for. This is in addition to the sessions I cancel for planned absence (such as holidays), and unplanned absence (such as sickness). For information, I tend to take 3 to 4 weeks holiday in the summer and 2 weeks at Christmas and Easter.
If/once you use up these annual cancellations I charge at your standard session rate, no matter how much notice you give.
For clients who start therapy during the calendar year, I offer one free cancellation every 4 months or so. So, if you start therapy in April, I would not charge you for 2 cancelled sessions between April and December.