Helen Holbrook | Accredited Counsellor | Henley on Thames | NCS

Helen Holbrook

Member Status: Accredited

Member No: NCS20-02133

Location: Henley on Thames

As well as working generally with anxiety and mild depression, I specialise in working with traumatic loss and bereavement. Having personally experienced the traumatic death of a close family member, I really understand the shock, pain, isolation and anger that clients may be feeling. I strongly believe that with the right support, it is possible to regain a sense of hope for your future.

Who Do I Work With?
I support clients who have suffered the unexpected and unimaginable pain of losing someone due to tragedy. That pain can be compounded if friends and family are also grieving, and unable or unwilling to help. The isolation of dealing with serious loss can add to the trauma, and delay healing. Complicated grief can occur as a result, and sometimes this can take years to surface.

Other clients I help have experienced major losses such as their home, a job and/or a relationship.

If your self-esteem, confidence or hope have been shattered by trauma or loss, I can work with you to recover some sense of a 'new normal'. I cannot promise it will be easy, but I can promise to stay alongside you, at your own pace, along the way.

How I Work:
I have benefitted from personal therapy over the years, and that inspired me to train as a therapist to help others face their challenges.
Put simply, I know that therapy works, and I want it to work for you too.

I qualified as an Integrative counsellor with focus on the Person-centred talking therapy model. Other techniques may be introduced where they are considered helpful. Person-centred means that as you share your thoughts and feelings confidentially, you will be listened to with respect, compassion and empathy. The cornerstone of this approach is support through non-judgmental active listening.

The beauty of talking therapy is that we work with what you choose to bring into the room (or Zoom, currently). The act of speaking plus the art of active listening can combine with surprising results e.g. Insight, understanding, self-compassion...

Treatment will be tailored to your needs at all times: you will always be in control of your therapy and it's duration. This adheres to the ethical guideline that a client should experience autonomy regarding their therapeutic process.

"I can already feel a weight lifting off me from talking to you" DS
"Things are starting to make a bit more sense" BW
"I feel more normal than I have for years" KA

  • Qualifications & Experience
    - Specialist Bereavement Counsellor with Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxford
    - Sudden and Traumatic Death certificate, Cruse Bereavement Care, Oxford
    - AIM Awards Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling
    - Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Chrysalis
    - Universal Safeguarding for Children certificate, Time to Talk/Adviza, Reading
    - Youth Counsellor at Time to Talk, Reading
    - BA Honours 1st class: European Humanities

    Registered Member of the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • What I can help with
    • Abortion
    • Abuse – Emotional, Physical, Sexual
    • Addiction (e.g. Alcohol, Computer games, Drugs, Food, Gambling, Sex, Smoking)
    • Adoption
    • Ageing and related issues
    • AIDS / HIV
    • Anger Management
    • Anxiety
    • Assertiveness / Self-confidence / Self-esteem
    • Autism & Aspergers Syndrome
    • Bereavement / Loss
    • Bullying
    • Cancer
    • Carers
    • Childbirth: fertility
    • Childbirth: labour
    • Childbirth: pregnancy
    • Chronic fatigue syndrome / M.E.
    • Cultural issues
    • Depression
    • Disability
    • Divorce & Separation
    • Driving tests
    • Eating disorders
    • Emotional issues
    • Exams
    • Family
    • Financial difficulties
    • Gender identity
    • Generally unhappy with your life
    • IBS / Digestive Issues
    • Illness and dying
    • Immune system support
    • Job interviews
    • Mindfulness
    • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
    • Panic attacks
    • Parenting skills
    • Phobias
    • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder / PTSD
    • Pregnancy related issues
    • Public speaking: stage fright
    • Relationships
    • Relaxation
    • Self-defeating behaviours
    • Self-esteem
    • Self-harm
    • Sexuality Identity
    • Shyness / Social Phobia
    • Sleep
    • Spirituality
    • Sporting performance
    • Start exercising
    • Stop smoking
    • Stress
    • Suicidal feelings
    • Tinnitus
    • Trauma
    • Violence / Victim support
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