Helen PitmanIntegrative psychotherapist
Life can be hard; at these times it can be difficult to ask for help and see beyond our immediate unhappiness. Taking the initial step of seeing a therapist can be daunting but most people experience a sense of relief when they share what is troubling them.
I believe the therapeutic relationship has a wonderful potential to allow the safe exploration of feelings. I offer a non-judgmental space which can help you make sense of your life experiences. Therapy is not something that is done to you it is a process that we enter together in order for you to begin to discover what you want from your life and where you’re getting stuck in repeating patterns.
Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy
Children and young people may not have the language to express their experiences so they may communicate their distress through their behaviour. Psychotherapy can help them connect with, express and develop language for their emotional difficulties. This can facilitate them feeling understood and therefore less isolated in their experience. Sometimes it can be difficult to access feelings through words alone, so I offer a variety of creative approaches such as: sand tray, art and play.
Often our earliest experiences have shaped us and created a pattern or template for how we meet the world. We often lock away painful experiences in order to protect ourselves, but this can leave us feeling hollow. By becoming aware of these inner patterns and facing difficult experiences we become freer to move forwards in our lives.
Each therapeutic journey is different dependent on your individual needs. Being integrative, I draw on many different psychological theories and approached. I offer both short- and long-term therapy. Short term therapy is usually focussed on a particular issue e.g bereavement, phobia.
Being a parent is one of the toughest jobs of all. Understanding your child’s communications can be hard. I offer a space in which we can think together about your child and what they may be communicating to you through their behaviours in order to have less conflicted and more fulfilling relationships.
If you decide to contact me, during the lock down, I will arrange an initial online consultation to explore whether I can be of to help you.This would give you a sense of me as a therapist and enable you to assess if I am the right therapist for you. I offer online therapy during the lock down with a view to moving to face to face work when it is safe to do so.
Issues often worked with
Initial Consultation (50 minutes) £65
Weekly sessions (50 Minutes) £65
Training and qualifications
I am a teacher with over 20 years’ experience and a qualified Integrative Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist. I hold a Masters Degree in Child and Adolescent Integrative Psychotherapy and Counselling. I work in private practice with children, adolescents, parents and adults. I am accredited by the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).
I have worked therapeutically within diverse educational settings and the charity sector with young people (aged 3 to 18) and adults offering one to one therapy sessions. I also work closely with parents in reflective parenting sessions to facilitate their understanding of what their child is communicating through their behaviours.