Hello, I’m Helen. I’m a qualified counsellor providing a safe space to explore your life experience.

A safe space with a qualified counsellor

Maybe you 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. I work with adults and offer online video sessions via Zoom (nationwide), walk & talk therapy on the beach and face to face sessions in a closed room setting in Middleton-on-Sea. You can get to know me better by clicking the link ‘about me’ (above).

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.

Helen Clarke qualified counsellor specialising in loss in all its forms. I offer Zoom and telephone counselling, face to face and walk and talk therapy in nature
Hi, I’m Helen Clarke
I’m a qualified counsellor offering a safe space to explore your life experience & feelings

Counselling – Facing the storm

Dignity of human nature requires that we must face the storms of life.

– Gandhi

World view

I value honesty, personal integrity, connection, compassion and relationship. I believe that people can be empowered to thrive after life events have impacted them adversely. In addition, I realise that I don’t have all the answers but I recognise people strengths and can help them use their innate qualities. I know I can sit with the uncomfortable (sometimes scary) feelings my clients bring and I am not afraid to walk into dark places, if (and only if) my clients are ready to go there.

Above all, I believe that when we feel healthy, resilient and connected, the world becomes a safer place.

Experience

Many years ago I decided my work in industry contributed little 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. I work regularly with bereaved parents and grandparents.

Cost

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: I believe counselling should be widely available, so I set my fees on a case by case basis, up to £49 for 50 minutes. We will discuss this during our initial conversation.

Sessions are on a one-to-one basis.

Walk & talk therapy on the beach and face to face work at my office are options for clients who live within travelling distance of Middleton-on-Sea.

There is off road parking at my home office.

Specialisms

Often clients report feelings of isolation, abandonment 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 suffered past loss. Loss encompasses bereavement; loss of freedom; traumatic loss; anticipating your own death or the death of a loved one; losing the future you expected or hoped for; loss of self or a sense of your own identity; losing self esteem; loss of a relationship and many, many more examples. The list of losses in life is endless. Painful events in life result in feelings such as grief, anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, fear and sadness, which can feel overwhelming at times.

I regularly work with sufferers of chronic pain conditions such as fibromyalgia and arthritis.

In addition, I have a special interest in neonatal & postnatal loss and working with parents and grandparents who have suffered the trauma of child death.

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.