Helen Hawkins is an accredited and registered psychotherapist with BACP.
She has nine years of experience working therapeutically with adults and five years working in schools and in private practice with children and adolescents. Before this she worked in schools as a PSCHE teacher and an assistant Senco.
BSc Zoology (Hons), PGCE, PG Diploma in Psychotherapy, Diploma in Sandtray, MA (Child, adolescent and family therapy) Certificate in creative supervision (In training)
Helen works in a creative way using talking, visualizations and art to help to unpack the issues that may be getting in the way of us living in tune with our true natures. Helen provides a safe, non-judgmental relational, empathetic and confidential space in which to explore and reveal parts of the self that may have been veiled over or exiled by early life events and trauma.
Helen believes passionately in her client’s ability to heal themselves given time. She also holds that what is often labeled a “disorder” is in fact a necessary adaptation to challenging external circumstances and can therefore be changed and worked with. This process can reveal to us our own unique gifts and deeper purpose, as well aiding our acceptance of the things we cannot change. This approach has been informed by gaining an MA in child, adolescent and family therapy and she works systemically with the whole family dynamic of her younger clients.
Helen now works in private practice and is training to be a supervisor and sand tray trainer. She used to work for Freshstart and BBS (charities in West London) and Place2Be, UP and Freshsteps, (children’s counseling charities) as well as running her own clinic in two state schools in inner London.
She is now based in Mid Wales and working mainly online for now. She is planning to open a children’s clinic in Llanidloes, specializing in sand tray and trauma, when it is safe to do so.
Helen engages in continuing training and professional development to ensure that her practice is up-to-date and informed. She welcomes and is experienced in working with difference.