Helen Damon: Integrative Psychologist, London, WC1B London, EC4N
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Dr Helen Damon

Integrative psychologist
London WC1B , London EC4N
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About Me

Hello, I’m Helen (she/her/hers). On this page, I’ll tell you about who I am and how I work to enable you to decide whether to contact me to discuss working together.

 

My qualifications

I’m a Counselling Psychologist registered with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC). I’m a member of the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS) and a fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA). I’m trained in several types of therapy, including person-centred, existential-phenomenological, psychodynamic, CBT, and play therapy.

 

My experience

I have over ten years’ clinical experience. I’ve worked in the NHS, including in specialised bereavement services; in academia, including as a Lecturer on the Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at Regent’s University London and as an External Examiner for courses at the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust; and in the charitable sector. Alongside my private practice, I offer clinical and academic supervision to mental health practitioners, review journal articles for Counselling Psychology Review and Counselling Psychology Quarterly, and collaborate with Lecturers in Science Education at King’s College London to conduct research and training on promoting wellbeing.

 

Where I work

I offer in-person sessions in Central London, in rooms on Bloomsbury Street (near Tottenham Court Road) and Queen Victoria Street (near Mansion House and Bank), and online sessions via Zoom.

 

People I work with 

I offer weekly sessions to individual adults (aged 18 and above) experiencing a range of psychological challenges, including anxiety, low mood, family and relationship problems, historic abuse, stress, and more. I specialise in working with people who are:

          - dying, bereaved, or experiencing loss - including infertility and pregnancy loss;

          - feeling negatively towards themselves; or

          - questioning their identity or the meaning or direction of their life.

 

How I work 

I work pluralistically: I believe that no one therapeutic method is best suited to all people at all times. As such, I take an exploratory, rather than prescriptive, approach. As our sessions are for your therapeutic benefit, I’ll collaborate with you, encouraging and responding to your feedback, to tailor our way of working together to best meet your therapeutic needs, preferences, and goals, which may change over time. I work open-endedly, rather than offering a fixed number of sessions. We’ll review our work regularly and decide, each time, whether and how to continue. As your therapist, I’ll support and champion you. I’ll meet you, where you are and as you are, with empathy, warmth, and the utmost respect. I’ll attend closely to the material you bring and offer reflections, questions, interpretations, and constructive challenges to further your therapeutic process.

 

How I invite you to work

I believe that the overarching goal of therapy is to facilitate self-knowledge and, from this, self-actualisation – living a life in accordance with your true and best self and with the things you find most meaningful and fulfilling. In our sessions, I’ll encourage you to be fully present, open and curious about yourself. I’ll invite you actively to engage in exploring and questioning who you are in yourself and in relation to others and the wider world, how you came to be who you are, and any aspects of your experience you’d like to change or develop.

 

Your next steps

By engaging in therapy, you’re making a significant investment in yourself. As such, it’s important that you take the time you need to find a therapist whose way of working matches your therapeutic needs, preferences, and goals, and with whom you could see yourself building a collaborative and constructive therapeutic relationship. If you think I might be a good therapeutic match for you, please email me with any questions or comments you’d like me to respond to, or to arrange a free Zoom meeting to explore the possibility of starting work together. I look forward to hearing from you. 

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Locations

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30 Bloomsbury Street
London
London
WC1B 3QJ

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Second Practice
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49 Queen Victoria Street
London
London
EC4N 4SA

Issues often worked with

Anxiety
Bereavement
Cultural issues
Depression
Family issues
Interpersonal relationships
Social communication
Sexual abuse
Childhood difficulties
Finding meaning
Self-esteem
Social anxiety

Therapy offered

On video
In person

Client groups

Adult

Fees

I offer a free Zoom meeting, lasting up to 50 minutes, to all potential clients. This is an opportunity for us to discuss whether your therapeutic needs, preferences and goals might match the current scope of my private practice and whether we feel we might form a collaborative and constructive therapeutic relationship. If so, we can go on to book a first therapy session: if not, I can signpost you to other sources of therapeutic support.

 

My fee is £100 per session (50 minutes).

 

I currently have availability on Mondays-Thursdays.

 

Please note that I currently have no availability for insurance-funded clients or trainee therapeutic practitioners requiring sessions as part of their training. 

 

 

Training and qualifications

·      DPsych Counselling Psychology – Regent’s University London

·      MA Play Therapy (Distinction) – The University of Roehampton

·      WPF Therapy Certificate in CBT Skills – WPF Therapy

·      Intensive Filial Therapy Training Programme – The Family Enhancement & Play Therapy Center

·      BSc (Hons) Psychology (1st) – The Open University

·      BA (Hons) Classics (2:1) – The University of Oxford

 

·      Coordinating Supervisor Skills (Part One) – The British Psychological Society (BPS)

·      Supervision Skills Certificate – The British Psychological Society (BPS)

 

·      Moving Your Practice Online – Online Therapy Institute

 

·      Suicide Awareness and Prevention – The Maytree Centre

·      Bereavement Training – Barts Health NHS Trust

·      Death and Dying (Distinction) – The Open University

Verified professional membership

British Psychological Society HCPC (Counselling Psychologist)