Helen Hayes

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Helen Hayes

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My Approach

My main training, and the heart of how I work, is in existential psychotherapy. This means that I draw on philosophy as well as psychology to inform how I understand the sorts of concerns that might lead someone to seek therapy. I believe that we are each seeking to make our lives meaningful in our own personal way. to understand our difficulties, and to find our way to living as fully and freely as we are able to do. We are never isolated individuals, but always living in the context of our personal relationships, our social and cultural environments, and our own values and aspirations.

As human beings, we often hold ourselves back from achieving our potential, or find ourselves in difficulties in our close relationships, or struggle to find a sense of purpose in our lives. Therapy can help in unravelling some of the knots that we have tied for ourselves.

Therapy is concerned with exploring and clarifying your choices, values, or meanings, and addressing how you deal with the inevitable challenges of life. It aims to help you understand yourself, how you might repeat patterns of behaviour or relationship which are limiting or destructive, and how you might make different choices for yourself in the future.

Sometimes the origins of our difficulties lie in childhood and family experiences which have affected us as adults; therapy can be really helpful in enabling us to understand these influences and to overcome the ways in which they might limit us. Sometimes, it is more important to explore our present situation and think about future directions; therapy doesn't have always to be about the past.

I initially trained as a Gestalt counsellor, an approach to counselling which shares many ideas with existential therapy, and sometimes includes creative ways of exploring them in therapy.

About Me

I am a BACP Registered & Senior Accredited Counsellor and UKCP Registered Psychotherapist, working in Camden near Kings Cross, London NW1, and also online. I have nearly thirty years' experience of working with people with a wide range of difficulties, including trauma, abuse, domestic violence, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, sexual issues, bereavement & loss, identity issues, low self-esteem, work problems, stress.
I have extensive experience of working as a counsellor in the voluntary sector, and especially in the women's sector where I have specialist experience in counselling women affected by domestic violence, rape and sexual abuse, including childhood trauma and abuse. I have also worked for nearly ten years as a counsellor in primary care, seeing clients with a wide range of emotional and psychological difficulties referred by GPs, and for six years I worked for a university student counselling service. I have experience of working with clients from many different social and cultural backgrounds, in both shorter and longer-term settings.

I work with

  • Individuals

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.

Types of Therapies Offered

  • Existential Psychotherapist

What I can help with

  • Abuse
  • Anorexia
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bulimia
  • Bullying
  • Cultural Issues
  • Depression
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Employment Difficulties
  • Gender
  • Identity Problems
  • Physical Abuse
  • Private Practice Issues
  • Race Issues
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Sexuality
  • Stress
  • Supervision
  • Training
  • Trauma

Types of sessions

  • Face to Face - Long Term
  • Face to Face - Short Term


Gestalt Centre
96-100 Clifton Street

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UKCP College

  • Universities Training College (UTC)

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