Counselling/ Psychotherapy for Women
Hello, my name is Helen and for as long as I can remember, I wanted to be a Counsellor and I feel so lucky, and privileged, to be doing a job that I love.
I am a Trauma-Informed Counsellor/Psychotherapist who specialises in working with adult women. My approach asks 'what happened to you' not 'what is wrong with you'. I aim to help you to create understanding, and compassion, for yourself in order for you to grow, and evolve, into the person you want to be.
Struggles that you may be experiencing:
- emotional numbness or an inability to identify feelings
- presence of a critical internal voice
- feelings of shame and/or guilt
- difficulty thinking clearly
- constantly on high alert
- loss of self
- emotional overwhelm
- inability to relax
- difficulty sleeping
- panic attacks or flashbacks
- lack of confidence
- stress, depression, self-blame
- low self-esteem and negative life events
If you are struggling with one/some of these challenges, it MAY be that you have experienced some of the following in your past:
- childhood neglect
- overly critical parents
- trauma (from the birthing process, from abuse, from an accident, from an operation etc)
- postnatal depression
You are experiencing high levels of anxiety (increased heart rate, shallow breathing, difficulty thinking clearly etc) that is making life really difficult for you.
You might be avoiding doing certain things and leading a very limited life. You might come to me because this doesn't feel right to you, you might not want your children/partner to notice or fear they may become anxious too. You want your life back.
Together we would explore what's going on for you. Your body has switched into survival mode, anxiety is stopping you from relaxing because your body thinks it is in danger. We would explore this and try and find out what caused this reaction to occur in the first place to create understanding. We would also be working on how to manage the anxiety day to day, support your journey back to a life that feels more comfortable for you.
Hopefully through this process you would eventually start to understand yourself more, reduce the anxious feeling, feel more in control, gain confidence and therefore improve the quality of your life.
You will find me on The Mummy Space website for the work I do specifically for mums.
I enhance my practice, and ensure my knowledge is up to date, by attending regular workshops such as the following:
My aim, as a Counsellor, is to offer you a unique environment where you can freely explore what’s going on for you. An opportunity, through exploration, to try and understand why you might be feeling the way you do. To increase your understanding of yourself through discussion, normalisation and reflection. In short, I want to help you to feel clearer, more confident and more able to discover a new way of being that feels right to you.
Many clients that come to me want me to take away the ‘chaos’ that’s going on inside their head, they want clarity of thought, less overwhelming emotions. By offering space and time away from the demands of life, my clients have the opportunity to ‘catch up’, to gain clarity of thought, to connect with feelings in a safe way, to grieve losses and to celebrate successes. This process of pausing and processing, is so important in order for life to continue in a different way. As a result, I find my clients rediscovering themselves, regaining confidence and creating a more balanced life.
My Humanistic approach puts you, the client, at the centre of the counselling process. I fully believe that you are the one who knows what is right for you, I am simply providing an empathic and non-judgemental environment within which to discover it.
I am an experienced Counsellor/Psychotherapist offering an empathic, non-judgemental and confidential space where I can help you to explore issues in a private, quiet and relaxed environment.
Fully qualified, holding registered membership with the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), a first degree in Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Counselling and Psychotherapy.
Face to Face, Telephone and Virtual Counselling
My Counselling practice is based in Hersham, Surrey and is within easy reach of Walton on Thames, East Molesey, West Molesey, Thames Ditton, Hampton, Kingston, Weybridge, Shepperton, Esher, Cobham, Surbiton, West Byfleet, Byfleet, Addlestone, New Haw, Woking and Guildford, Surrey. There is ample parking and good transport links to the area. Click here for a map.
I offer Virtual Counselling meaning that I am not limited to helping people in the general locality but can cover the whole of the UK and beyond.