At times our lives throw up challenges, unexpected events, relationship difficulties, and resurfacing memories. Counselling and psychotherapy can offer a thoughtful, non-judgmental space in which to explore difficulties, both past and present.
I work openly and collaboratively, tailoring my approach to suit individual issues and personalities. Counselling relationships are attentive, supportive, and can be gently challenging. This can help clients to gain a greater sense of security within themselves, enabling them to make decisions based on their own desires and values. Counselling is not a gateway to instant happiness, but can lead to a greater capacity to understand oneself and others, and to become more forgiving of both.
Therapy and Counselling with Helen Robertson
I am an experienced psychotherapist registered with the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy and I follow their ethical codes. I see clients for short or long term psychotherapy for a range of issues. Short term contracts are good for focused work on a particular issue. Longer term work is more appropriate for complex problems, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.
I believe that counselling provides the opportunity to:
- Gain perspective on, and reframe troublesome issues
- Explore emotions in a safe, supportive environment
- Become more aware of unhelpful thoughts and repeating patterns of behaviour
- Talk openly without worrying about the thoughts or feelings of the listener
- Formulate new ways of responding to difficult situations
- Gain awareness of how you are in relationships with others
I have particular interest and experience in working with people following bereavement and loss. I currently work for the bereavement service at St Joseph’s hospice in Hackney; previously I worked for Camden bereavement service.
I have worked extensively with people going through fertility treatments or dealing with issues relating to childlessness. I have a good knowledge of the technical aspects of IVF, and the associated emotional challenges. I also see people who express ambivalence about the idea of parenthood, for whom there might be some confusion about the impact of societal norms upon their decision making process.
Areas I work with
I work with a broad range of presenting problems including:
- Stress related issues
- Relationship difficulties
- Anxiety and panic
- Issues related to fertility
- Bereavement and loss
- Low self-esteem
- Work related issues
- LGBTQ+ issues
- Health related anxiety
I am happy to discuss any particular query by email.
During the first session I ask questions and take notes in order to assess how I can help. If we both think it would be helpful to proceed then we make a contract for a set number of sessions, or agree to open ended work with regular reviews.
Psychotherapy Qualifications and Training:
My formal psychotherapeutic academic training took place over 4 years at:
Birkbeck Univeristy of London – 1 year foundation in Counselling and Psychotherapy
University of Roehampton – MA in Relational Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy.
You can either call or email me. I’m happy to talk on the telephone about any concerns or questions you may have about the process.
My fee is £65 per session (50 mins).
I reserve a limited number of reduced fee places for people on lower incomes.