Helen Lea

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I have worked as a Counsellor and Psychotherapist for over 25 years and I remain passionate about the work and the transformation it can bring to people's lives.  I have continued to train in therapies which offer effective ways of working with psychological issues. This includes EMDR, CBT and IFS (Internal Family Systems).  In the past, I have had a varied work career: including social work with children and families, youth work, teaching, and working for a media company.  I have worked in the NHS as a CBT and EMDR therapist. 

My approach

Part of my job is to help you to understand what therapy is and how it might help you.  This can be a very useful source of help and it shouldn't be either mysterious or frightening.  Many people avoid coming for help because of the continuing stigma about mental health - and that may result in continuing to suffer.  I believe that all human beings, at some time in their life, will experience a psychological issue of some kind - because most of us will experience loss, stress, relationship difficulties or problematic mood - simply by living our lives.   

Key features of how I work:

- I tailor the therapy to you, not the other way round.

- I work in partnership with you.  This means I listen to what you have to say about the issue but I also contribute from my knowledge and expertise.   In the therapy session we are in this together - in a mutual therapeutic relationship.

- I believe you are coming to see me because I have a valuable professional contribution to make to your life.  Although I allow and offer silence when I think it may be helpful, I am very active in the sessions.  

- I'm flexible.  I can work in a very structured way or I can work in a much looser, explorative way. 

- I believe that warmth, kindness, compassion, openness, the willingness to relate and be alongside you in your trouble are valuable aspects of therapy. 

- Psychotherapies such as EMDR, CBT and IFS (Internal Family Systems) have some very valuable techniques which offer people a way out of the traps of psychological difficulty.   I ensure that I stay up-to-date with new research and techniques that are helpful. 

- I'm creative - if something isn't working I'll suggest something else.  I also believe it's important to regularly review the work we do.

Qualifications and registrations

Accredited EMDR Consultant, EMDR Europe (2019)
Accredited EMDR Practitioner, EMDR Europe (2014)
Accredited Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist (CBT), BABCP (British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies) (2011)
Registered Psychotherapist, UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) - Humanistic & Integrative Psychotherapies Section (2007)
Accredited Counsellor/Psychotherapist, BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) (2004)

MSc Integrative Psychotherapy, Metanoia Institute, London (1998-2007)
MA Social Work, University of Lancaster (1989-1991)
Postgraduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapy (CBT), University of Brighton (2008-2009)
EMDR Training, Sandi Richman, EMDR-Training (2011-2012)
Certificate in Integrative Supervision, Metanoia Institute, London (2007-2008)
Supervision of CBT, University of Surrey (2010-2011)
Internal Family Systems, Level I (2021)

A brief guide to the organisations I am accredited with (registrations can be checked via these websites):

The BACP - British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

This is a long-standing professional body.  If someone describes themselves as a 'Member' of BACP, this means they have completed a training course which included some supervised practice. If someone describes themselves as 'Accredited' by BACP then they have been through a rigorous process to determine that they have sufficient training and experience "to demonstrate the capacity for independent, competent, ethical practice". This Accreditation has to be renewed annually. BACP also manage a register which is approved by the Professional Standards Authority. 

The UKCP - United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy

This is a long-standing professional body for Psychotherapists. If someone describes themselves as 'Registered' then this is equivalent to accreditation by this body. They will have been through a Psychotherapy training and will have had a lengthy experience of working directly with clients, whilst being supervised. The majority of Psychotherapy trainings involve long-term personal therapy for the therapist (so they have experience of being a client).

The BABCP - British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies

is the professional body for CBT therapists. Anyone with an interest can join and become a member. To be 'Accredited' means that they have undertaken an extensive training in CBT, have experience of working with clients and have been supervised in that work. 

EMDR Europe

This is the body which accredits EMDR practitioners and consultants. Accreditation involves completing training and a certain number of hours of supervised practice. 


Helen Lea