A safe space to be heard
My name is Helen Clarke, I help adults to process difficult feelings and experience safety in their minds and bodies. I’m a qualified psychotherapeutic counsellor who is registered with the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP). I work with individuals offering online video sessions nationwide via Zoom and face to face sessions in Middleton-on-Sea.
Clients may come because they feel isolated, abandoned or a sense of deep longing; feelings of panic or heightened anxiety; insomnia or disturbed sleep patterns; recurring dreams; mood swings; unexplained aches and chronic pain.
Many of my clients have suffered past loss such as 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 a sense of your own identity; losing self esteem; loss of a relationship and all other types of loss.
In addition, I have a special interest in neonatal & postnatal loss and working with parents and grandparents who have suffered the trauma of a child dying. I support the work of Freddie’s Wish and have a number of fully and part funded places available to bereaved family members, when applied for via their website (see resources page).
Painful events in life result in feelings such as grief, anxiety, shame, guilt, anger, fear and sadness, which can feel overwhelming at times. I have an experiential approach – This means we pay attention to physical sensations and outcomes, as well as talking about thoughts, feelings and memories. Please call for a free confidential chat about how we can work together.
My World view
I value kindness, autonomy, connection, compassion and relationship. I believe that people can be empowered to thrive after life events have adversely impacted them. Above all, I believe that when we feel healthy, resilient and connected, the world becomes a safer place.
Initial Contact: Taking the first step to contact a therapist can feel daunting, so we can take things at a pace that suits you. We may exchange emails or you can contact me by phone. I suggest we speak (free of charge) for about 20-30 minutes. Initially, we’ll establish if I am the right counsellor for you. If I’m not, I will signpost you to someone that is better suited to help.
Assessment Session: £25 for 50 minutes. We will appraise your life, experiences and what brings you to counselling.
Subsequent Sessions: £45 for 50 minutes.
Sessions are on a one-to-one basis. I am currently working with clients by Zoom (Online video service). Walk & talk therapy on the beach / face to face work may be options for clients who live within travelling distance of Middleton-on-Sea. There is off road parking at my home office.
A Safe Space – A Listening Space
Counselling is a talking therapy. A counsellor will not impose their opinion or advice on you and therapy is not like a 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.
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? Some people experience physical symptoms such as palpitations, sleep issues, panic attack, chronic pain, stress headaches or signs they associate with stress, anxiety or grief. I listen without judgement, will help you to regulate your feelings and physical sensations and provide a space where you can feel healthy and well grounded.
A client’s perspective of therapy
“I felt so safe talking to Helen. Her warmth and genuine care shone through. I have taken lots of notes of the ‘nuggets’ that came out of our sessions and will refer back to them in the future if I feel I am going off track. I really can’t thank Helen enough for helping me transition to a much better place. “