Helena is a Counselling Psychologist in training, in the final year of her Doctorate at City, University of London.
Born in the West Midlands, she graduated with an Honours degree in Classics at Oxford University in 2004, then worked in Museums and Publishing before retraining in psychology in 2013. She received a distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Psychology from London Southbank University, and, drawn to Counselling Psychology’s integrative way of working focused strongly around each person’s individual context and needs, she is now in her final year of the Doctorate in Counselling Psychology. Her research focuses on the way that childbirth is talked about and how it is represented on social media, and how that might relate to a woman’s sense of self, agency and distress.
Helena has worked in a variety of private, charity, and NHS contexts, helping adults and adolescents understand and work through a range of emotional and psychological distress. She has experience of working with anxiety, depression, abuse, trauma, addiction, eating disorders, self-harm and grief. She currently works in a Women’s Health Psychology Service in the NHS, which has afforded her experience of working individually and in groups to support and empower women to make changes to overcome the difficulties they are experiencing.
Helena’s way of working prioritises the therapeutic relationship, which she sees as key to allowing people to feel safe and supported in exploring their emotions, alleviating their distress, and finding meaningful, enjoyable ways of living their life. She uses evidenced- based interventions, drawing from Cognitive Behavioural, Compassionate, Psychodynamic and Mindfulness approaches.
Helena lives in London with her husband and two children.
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