Helen Drake Counselling & Psychotherapy in Chiswick,
West London W4

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Experienced Counsellor and Psychotherapist in Chiswick, West London, W4

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You may be reading this because you want help and support in dealing with emotional difficulties such as depression, anxiety or a feeling of aloneness or emptiness. Perhaps you have reached an important turning point in your life or feel stuck in recurring destructive patterns that prevent you from feeling fulfilled. Or you may want help because you are in the midst of a crisis, for example the break-up of a relationship, bereavement or divorce. Maybe you are experiencing a loss of direction, meaning or purpose in your life?

Who am I?

Hello. I'm Helen, I'm an experienced, UKCP Registered Counsellor & Psychotherapist. Since 1998, I have been working in private practice in Chiswick, West London, W4 for over twenty years and see clients on an open-ended or time-limited basis, depending on what you want help with. I work face to face and also have a lot of experience working successfully over secure digital platforms which means that I can and do regularly offer psychotherapy and counselling with people around the country and internationally. During these Covid-19 times, being able to access quality, reliable psychotherapy and counselling support at such a challenging time, has for many, been particularly important and valuable.

In addition to my experience as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I have a lot of experience as a Trainer and Consultant and regularly lead groups for those interested in personal development. For more information about my training programmes, click here. All our programmes are face to face and generally held in and around West London, W4.

Prior to becoming a Counsellor and Psychotherapist, I have a successful background of 20 years experience in corporate senior management roles in the UK and internationally.

I work with a very wide range of issues though frequently find myself working with trauma and in helping clients experiencing difficulties with:

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Panic
  • Stress
  • Relationships and
  • Uncomfortable feelings

    About my Availability
    I am available to work with individual adults in my private practice and offer both short and long term counselling and psychotherapy.

    I also welcome clients insured through BUPA.

    About My Approach
    My approach is primarily humanistic though I am trained in a number of different modalities. This enables me to draw from the therapeutic approaches best suited to address your problems and to tailor counseling and psychotherapy to your particular needs. This means, I may use a reflective talking therapy approach including deep listening, open exploration, inter-active engagement and respectful challenge in order to help you understand how painful feelings in the present may have their roots in the past. In order to help you change your feelings, I may then use a more process, goal oriented approach, switching to pro-active techniques including possibly CBT, hypnotherapy & NLP amongst others, if appropriate.

    I also work with and through the body and are respectful of how the body can have a language of it’s own, often expressed in tensions, bodily symptoms and sensations and how, when listened to with the right kind of attention, stories of loss, pain and disconnection can gently reveal themselves.

    No matter what painful struggles, problems and difficulties you may be experiencing, my job as a counsellor and psychotherapist is to help awaken, foster, nourish and support the goodness and gifts that lie within each of my clients and to find ways to connect with what it means to live a truly worthwhile, meaningful, wholesome life. In summary, to help you to remember who you really are and why you’re here.

    About my Location
    My face to face practice is located in Chiswick, W4, within easy walking distance of Gunnersbury Tube Station, Kew Bridge Overground Station, Kew Gardens and close to the M4, A4 & M3. On street parking is generally available.

I also offer sessions over secure digital platforms, particularly during these Covid-19 times.

I see clients locally from areas such as Acton, Brentford, Chiswick, Ealing, Greenford, Hanwell, Hammersmith, Hayes, Heathrow, Notting Hill, Shepherd’s Bush. I also see clients from different parts of North, South & East London. Often I see people from as far afield as Oxford, Reading, Bristol, Windor, Maidenhead & Kent & internationally.

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