Helen Franklin

Newbury RG14 English
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Helen Franklin

Newbury RG14 English
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My Approach

I am a relational Gestalt psychotherapist. This means I believe that the ability to build deep and satisfying connections with others, and with our environment, is at the root of our well-being.

My aim is to provide you with a warm, sustaining and secure relational base that will give you the support and courage to explore what is limiting you. With this in place I believe we all have the power to heal ourselves and find richness and meaning in our lives.

In recent years scientific research has given us a deeper understanding of emotional problems and the roles played here by both the brain and the body. I integrate this knowledge into my practice. This means that we may explore your thought processes, your belief systems and your emotions but also how you experience these in your body.

I find that people make profound shifts when we pay attention to exactly how they are experiencing their life in the here and now. We may talk about past experiences, this can be very important, but the focus will come back to how your history is being played out in the present between us and in your wider world. With this insight we can work together to help you make choices that bring a new vitality to your life.

About Me

I have been working as a counsellor and psychotherapist for 12 years and an executive coach for 18 years. I provide a safe, supportive and confidential environment for you to explore whatever you bring, at your own pace. My experience shows me how powerful counselling and psychotherapy can be in transforming lives. Seeing my clients let go of what has been weighing them down and begin to flourish is a privilege.

I have an MSc in Gestalt Psychotherapy and a diploma in Gestalt Organisational Consulting from the Metanoia Institute, a diploma in Contemporary Trauma Practice and certificates in both couples work and clinical supervision. I continue to develop my practice through regular specialist training and supervision.

My first career was in the performing arts. This both drew on my natural ability to put myself 'in others' shoes' and honed my skill in working creatively. Even then I was drawn to using my creativity to enable others and developed social skills groups for teenagers with Asperger's Syndrome and other social communication difficulties. Working with people with autism so they can flourish in the world is still a key aspect of my life and practice.

From 2003 I began working as a coach and personal development facilitator in organisations. I have supported individuals and designed and facilitated development programmes exploring emotional intelligence, presence, leadership and influencing. Helping people develop their personal presence through working with mindset, emotional engagement, story telling and embodiment has been a particular passion of mine.

My experience of psychotherapy, counselling and organisational work leads to cross-fertilisations which can be really useful for my clients.

I work with

  • Companies
  • Couples
  • Groups
  • Individuals
  • Private healthcare referrals

Special Interests

Like all UKCP registered psychotherapists and psychotherapeutic counsellors I can work with a wide range of issues, but here are some areas in which I have a special interest or additional experience.

I have lived alongside people on the autism spectrum and have a special interest in working with those wo are neurodivergent, running training for therapists and counselling on working with autistic process.
I have a specialist diploma in contemporary trauma practice

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Gestalt Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • ADHD
  • Age-related Issues
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Autism
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Chronic Illness
  • Couple Issues
  • Depression
  • Disability
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Identity Problems
  • Infertility
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Parents
  • Physical Abuse
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Relationships
  • Separation
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Step Families
  • Stress
  • Suicide
  • Supervision
  • Terminal Illness
  • Trauma
  • Workplace Counselling

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term
  • Online Therapy

Newbury Office

Bartholomew House
38 London Rd
Newbury RG14 1JX
United Kingdom

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UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

Helen Franklin

Newbury RG14

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