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Helen Gilbert

Just my life
The past
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Me in a nutshell

Psychotherapist and writer. I have always been curious about humans, how different our perspectives and experiences can be and yet how deeply we can connect and understand each other. Reading and writing was my first approach to this. Training as a therapist followed on in time. I believe that genuine connection and conversation with another can be powerfully healing.

The things that most fascinate me about therapy…

  • Mourning and melancholia, how both can be overwhelming but are also integral and probably inescapable aspects to life.
  • The difficulty and complexity of changing ourselves - the cultural aspects which compel us, often wrongly, I believe, to expect we can easily master ourselves.
  • The medicalisation of mental health, which sometimes leads us away from our own subjectivity and expels any desire to examine what lies beneath our symptoms and try to make sense of them.

The key ingredients to success in therapy...

  • Trusting in the process
  • Being curious and self-reflective
  • Coming to sessions with an open mind, not a pre-planned list of problems
  • Committing to showing up even when its hard or you just don't feel like therapy today

My specialities

  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Just my life
  • Relationships
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • The past

I also work with most of the major psychological and mental health issues.

My qualifications & experience

  • Master’s degree in Counselling and Psychotherapy
  • Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Personal Development
  • Over 15 years of experience in mental health: in private practice, the NHS, alcohol and drug treatment services and charity support for people estranged from their families

Existential Therapy

Existential Therapy focuses on our subjective way of being here and now and the unique meaning we give to our experiences. In this approach, there is no right or wrong way of being. Instead, it's important to realise the power and responsibility inherent in our choices, the freedom to make new ones and the need to face reality, rather than try to escape from it. Existential therapy explores our unique responses to universal questions like alienation, despair, meaninglessness and mortality, but its ultimate goal is to help us live with deeper awareness, authenticity, courage, presence and awe.

Psychoanalytical Therapy

Psychoanalytical therapy looks at how our early experiences shape our present lives. Its main insight is that problems often arise from painful childhood experiences that have been pushed down to the unconscious. These repressed emotions don't go away but resurface to haunt our current relationships. The goal of therapy is to uncover and examine our current challenges at their roots, making the unconscious conscious so we can understand ourselves and stop replaying past conflicts into the present.


I charge £60 for an initial consultation. My ongoing fees are between £60 and £80 per session.

Some lower fee sessions are available. Please ask if you think this applies to you.