Helen Hawthorne

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Helen Hawthorne

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About Me

I offer psychotherapy, creative arts psychotherapy and counselling in Bristol. I am an experienced Integrative Arts Psychotherapist and Counsellor.

It can be difficult to seek support, and I understand how daunting it can be to find the right person to work with. I offer a supportive space; a place to explore together what may be preventing you from living a more fulfilling, nourishing life. I always work in response to you rather than a particular ‘approach’. Everyone’s story is their own, but there are strands of our experience of being human that connect us.

It’s often this connectedness that can get lost in today’s hectic lives leading to ‘dis-ease’ and disillusionment. I work relationally, using our relationship to explore your past experience of relationship which will influence how you relate to yourself and others today. Building connection in a therapeutic relationship can offer healing; journeying inwards can help us see ourselves and our problems in new ways. Often the feelings we are most afraid of have been cut off, leaving us feeling detached from our self. Exploring, understanding and reintegrating can help us feel part of our lives in a new way, where we no longer react, but respond.

Using the arts can help get beneath what words alone can convey. So much of what affects our everyday thoughts and behaviours is unconscious; harnessing our imagination and creativity, no matter where we are in our life, can enable deep and profound change.

We might use art, drama, clay, poetry/ writing, sandplay or bodywork and movement, depending on how you feel. Equally, we may simply speak – there is never any pressure to do anything, and there’s no right or wrong way to approach our work.

I offer longer term psychotherapy or short term more focused counselling, to explore challenges including:

anxiety, depression, feeling lost or stuck, relationship issues, stress, trauma, complex trauma/ PTSD, abuse, bereavement, low self-esteem, personality disorders, OCD, self-harm and suicidal thoughts

Please feel free to call or email me with any questions you might have. Having a chat on the phone can help both of us intuit if it feels like we might be a good fit or not. I offer a free exploratory session to do this.


I have worked with adults and young people in a charity setting, NHS forensic services, and currently work as an Arts Psychotherapist in an NHS complex psychological interventions service for adults with complex trauma, alongside my private practice. I am registered as an Arts Psychotherapist with HCPC and a Integrative Psychotherapist with UKCP. I hold a Masters degree in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education, London (IATE).

I have a particular interest in trauma - complex and developmental.

I am also a Yoga Therapist and EFT practitioner.

I work with

  • Individuals

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Integrative Arts Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mental Health Issues
  • Post-Traumatic Stress
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

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

UKCP College

  • Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy College (HIPC)

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