Helena Cowan

Helena Cowen has worked in the area of Child and Adolescent Mental Health since 1988.  She initially worked as and Occupational Therapist and then trained as a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. She is a qualified Dance and Movement Therapist, and integrates this specialist training into her therapeutic work.

Throughout her career, Helena has worked with groups of parents, young children and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings. She has worked with young people at King’s College Counselling Service offering both long term and short-term work to students. She also set up a group for students struggling with anxiety and self esteem.

As a Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist in a Student Counselling Service, she gained tremendous experience working with young men and women with eating disorders. This work necessitated close liaison work with CMHTs and GPs, and Helena enjoys the challenges of working with other professionals to ensure the best treatment plans are created and followed through for her clients

At present, she has a small private practice where she sees younger adolescents and children. She also offers supervision to other therapists.  She works at the Priory Hospital in Roehampton where she sees patients with eating disorders both in the Adolescent Unit and the Adult Department.

In addition to her clinical work, Helena is involved in both teaching and research. She has as a special interest in psychoanalytic approaches, and has taught at Essex University on their degree course in Psychoanalysis both taking seminars and teaching through ‘e-learning’. She has also run seminars for trainee Psychotherapists at the Society of Analytical Psychology.

Helena has presented at the Annual Conference for Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists, and has been published both in Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and the Bulletin Board for the Association of Child and Adolescent Psychotherapists.