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About Me

​Hi, I'm Helen, I am a person who is pretty focussed on joy, so maybe therapy is an unusual option, because people rarely come to therapy because life is delivering what makes them giddy with happiness.  We all experience challenges but I retain a defiant optimism about the possibilities we have and can create for ourselves. 

 

I am an Integrative Psychotherapist (basically I draw on a wide range of therapies to work in a bespoke way with every individual).  As I work with adults and sex is a part of most people's lives it often features in our conversations, I have also qualified as a Psychosexual and Relationship therapist so that I could offer this additional depth and rigour to my work and work with couples as well as individuals.  There is little more important in our lives than our relationships with those we love and care for.  Our sexual and intimate lives are often just as pivotal to our wellbeing and happiness within these relationships as our emotional lives and form part of the way we relate to one another.  Whoever I am working with I have an aim to make therapy safe but also as unintimidating and accessible as possible.  My approach is to support people I am working with to explore the place in life where they are struggling, without stigma or judgement.  Most people come up against issues in their lives, sexually, emotionally, relationally and try to fix it alone, often for years before picking up the phone.  The truth is having space with a therapist you connect and trust who allows you to stand back from yourself, helps you see your patterns.  We explore why and where they originate and how they play out and going through and really engaging with this process can create a great difference and lasting change. 

 

For the therapy cynics...I hear you and you are right, but you are also wrong, as I was.

 

So I want to be candid I write this as someone who gets that this sounds too easy, I wish it were. I write it as someone who can appreciate clients are sometimes cynical and mistrusting...all I know is that despite my own doubts of what 50 minutes in a room with a stranger can deliver, I have seen evolution and transformation too often for it to be a coincidence.  It's not me that does this alone, it's a process and it is all about the quality of the relationship we are able to build and explore, we both have to be authentic, and it's also about your engagement and willingness to lean in and try.I understand it's far from easy at times but it's incredibly important.  Similarly, I am the sort of person who trusts nothing until I have seen it, I can't lie, I can only do what I do because of my own experience.   

 

It can take a while to find the right person to work with, it's understandable that people are impatient for the silver bullet, but there isn't one.   As a therapist in the therapy room I'm focussed and my focus is that you feel you are in a better place than you started, more self aware and with tools that allow you to feel happier and more confident about what it is that you want and what you need from your relationships and life.  Good therapy can shape a new relationship with yourself and others in a new and positive way. 

Walking Therapy

 

It's worth knowing I also offer walking therapy in Hampstead Heath, Regents Park and Hyde Park because I notice for some the change of location, may bring some closer to themselves, and at times the space feels like it lends more perspective, and a sense of liberty.  

Background and Experience

In my earlier career, I had years of working 18 hour days, in various dynamic and challenging business roles.  At times I loved it and it charged me up, at others you can feel depleted and overwhelmed, running against a seemingly never done to do list.  I learned to listen to what people wanted and needed for their business.  What I always found the most fascinating was human relationships and dynamics because these underpin every part of our lives.

 

I have worked in the NHS as well as private practice and have experience of working with sexual and relationship issues including divorce and separation, anxiety of all kinds, OCD, loss, bereavement, depression, sexual abuse, PTSD and the myriad of ways in which not feeling "good enough" can cause problems in life and relationships. 

I have an MA in Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling and am a fully accredited member of the UKCP and abide by their code of ethics within my practice.  I am also a fully qualified Psychosexual & Relationship Therapist working with couples and individuals. 

Logistics

 

I offer both short term counselling and longer term psychotherapy using my training in theory including, humanistic, existential, psychodynamic, attachment and contemporary theory.  My practice rooms are located close to convenient transport links in Central London W1 near Goodge St, and Tottenham Court Road and in Hampstead NW3. 

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What it's like to work with me

Director
PHD Student and Lecturer

"I will be forever grateful for my time working with Helen. Her style of therapy is refreshingly honest and unique, even at times humorous, so I was never left feeling like a stereotyped “patient on the sofa.” She is incredibly non-judgemental, patient and caring, managing to provide clarity and insight that I felt was immediately actionable after our sessions.  

 

Helen creates a compassionate and collaborative environment, which left me feeling both supported and understood. I feel a stronger sense of self and resiliency for dealing with issues in the future.

 

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