Helena CookPsychodynamic psychotherapist
I am a qualified psychotherapist with a private practice working face-to-face on a weekly or twice-weekly basis with men and women. Therapy with me is confidential and governed by strict ethical guidelines set by the professional bodies of which I am a member.
I am open to working with clients on a wide range of issues. You may have long-standing problems that you have always struggled with; or perhaps the sudden shock of bereavement or from a recent traumatic event; suicidal feelings or the loss of someone close to you to suicide; difficulties with relationships or in the work place or with your family; a lack of self esteem and self confidence; or simply a sense of discontent and unhappiness getting in the way of life or relationships. I specialise in peri-natal work supporting you through miscarriage, infant loss, fertility issues, the challenges of donor conception, parenting issues and ante-natal and post-natal depression and anxiety.
I can offer you open-ended therapy or a shorter term programme of perhaps up to 12 weekly sessions, depending on what you are looking for. Therapy lasts as long as it is helpful for you - different for every person but guided always by your needs and wishes.
No problem is too big or too small for therapy. Seeking therapy is not a sign of weakness but rather an indication of inner strength and self-care which I can support.
Glasslyn Road, Highgate/Crouch End
My room is well served by public transport - buses and Northern, Victoria and Piccadilly tube lines. Parking available except 2-4pm. I am available daytime Mondays and Wednesdays; Tuesday evenings from 5pm; all day/evenings Thursdays.
Issues often worked with
I charge £80 an hour and can occasionally offer some concessions for clients on benefits or with other special needs or financial constraints.
Training and qualifications
I have a 4-year post-graduate Diploma in Psychodynamic Psychotherapy from WPF and I am registered with The British Association of Psychotherapy and Counselling (BACP) and the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP). I have several years experience as a women's health therapist in the maternity and gynaecology departments of a major London hosptial. am also qualified as a mediator and an Advisor with the Citizens Advice Bureau and I formerly practised for many years as a human rights lawyer. I continue to follow an on-going programme of Continuing Professional Development in areas especially relevant to my practice and I have been in therapy myself many times during my life and understand first-hand how it feels and what works and what doesn't.