Hello, I’m Helen. I offer video & telephone sessions across the UK
A safe space with a qualified counsellor
I’m Helen Clarke, a qualified counsellor, providing a safe space to talk through your experience. I’m offering online and telephone counselling during the coronavirus pandemic. Anxiety, overwhelm and traumatic loss can feel devastating and includes many physical symptoms. I have found that some people have no one to talk to, even people with supportive family and friends can find it difficult to talk to loved ones and can feel isolated. Maybe you feel overwhelmed by sadness? Alternatively, you may feel angry or anxious? In addition, some people experience physical symptoms such as palpitations, sleep issues, panic attack, chronic pain or signs associated with stress. I listen without judgement, will help you to regulate your feelings and physical reactions and provide a space where you can feel healthy again.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy. To clarify, counsellors do not give advice and therapy is not a friendly chat with a mate. As a profession we help our clients to understand themselves better and find healthy coping mechanisms. In other words, together we work towards you experiencing life in greater balance. Therapy should be experienced as a safe space with a qualified counsellor.
Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life.– Gandhi
I believe you can heal your wounds by allowing yourself to see what you already know. Counselling is not always a comfortable process, my role is to stand with you while you reach into dark shadows. Furthermore, I will be your witness to your pain and together we will identify the tools available to you, tools that will help you to heal and thrive.
Above all, when human beings feel healthier, resilient and connected to ourselves and others, the world becomes a warmer, safer place.
Many years ago I decided my work in industry contributed nothing to society. I began working with individuals who needed support in their businesses, these people were experiencing emotional turmoil, anxiety, OCD and neuro-diversity. Eventually I realised I could help more by training as a counsellor. My first counselling role was at St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley where I worked with those anticipating their own death, the death of a loved one and the bereaved. In addition, I have worked with people experiencing social anxiety, hyper-vigilance, the impact of trauma & traumatic loss and physical symptoms related to past experience.
Initial Contact: It is likely we will exchange emails or you can contact me by phone. We will aim to establish if I am the right counsellor for you and may book a free call so we can get to know each other a little.
Assessment Session: £25 for 50 minutes – By Zoom Video Conferencing or telephone.
Subsequent Sessions: Up to £49 for 50 minutes. I believe counselling should be widely available, so I set my fees on a case by case basis, we will discuss this during our initial conversation. Sessions are currently via Zoom Video Conferencing or telephone, consequently I am currently working with clients throughout the UK.
Face to face work & walk & talk therapy with local clients will resume as Covid 19 social distancing measures lift.
Sessions are weekly or more frequently, and on a one-to-one basis. Initially, we’ll complete an assessment, which aims to establish what your needs are & how you will know when you have what you need.
After that we work towards achieving greater balance, you can learn how to regulate physical symptoms and, ultimately, feel better about your future.
Many of my clients have suffered past loss. Loss encompasses bereavement; loss of freedom (as with social distancing measures); traumatic loss; anticipating your own death or the death of a loved one due to a life limiting illness; the end of the dreams you had for your future; feeling unsure who you are after years of being controlled by another person; loss of self or a sense of your own identity; losing self esteem or maybe loss of a relationship. These issues result in feelings such as grief, anxiety, shame, guilt, fear and sadness, which can feel overwhelming at times.
Often clients report feelings of isolation or a sense of deep longing; feelings of panic; insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns; recurring dreams; frequent anger; mood swings; unexplained aches and pains or maybe physical heartache.
Many of my clients have a history of anxiety and I regularly work with sufferers of chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.
In addition, I work with parents and grandparents who have suffered the trauma of a child dying.
Call me to explain your experience.
Call me on 07799 383 139
You won’t be committed to anything. Our initial conversation will be to establish if we are able to work together. It is important you feel safe working with me and it is equally important to establish if I am able to offer what you need. If necessary, I will sign-post you to other available resources. Please feel free to call. If I am with a client I will not answer, so leave a message and I will call you back.