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Dr Helen Harding

Clinical psychologist, specialising in CBT

BSc, PhD, DClinPsy

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My approach

I use evidence-based therapies to help people identify their strengths and better understand and manage any difficulties and distress they might be facing, helping them to feel more in control and able to get on with the things that are most important to them. Therapy is always tailored to the individual goals of a person.

What I can help with

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-esteem
  • Psychosis
  • Panic
  • Confidence
  • Family
  • Couple Work
  • Happiness
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Life Goals

My experience

King's College London

Since qualifying as a clinical psychologist, I have worked jointly in research and as a senior psychologist for the NHS.

I have extensive experience working with people experiencing, amongst other things, psychosis, depression, anxiety and low self-confidence. I often draw on other models where relevant, for instance Compassionate Focused Therapy, Mindfulness Based Interventions and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

About me

I’m qualified in: Clinical Psychology, CBT (Individual, family & group), Compassion-focussed therapy, Acceptance & Commitment Therapy.

My Qualifications

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • CFT, MBI and ACT

Insurance

AvivaAXABUPAHealth and Care Professions CouncilThe British Psychological SocietyZurich

My specialties

  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Mindfulness Based Interventions
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy

What my clients say

Sessions helped more than I could have imagined. I was able to finally find balance in my life and a bigger appreciation for what I had already achieved. I was struggling with my choice of career path / life goals and depression. HelloSelf helped me weigh up my options / goals in a way that was so personable, and I felt through our sessions they knew exactly what I wanted to accomplish. As a result from my sessions I have moved onwards and upwards with my career, have a much better work/life balance and have a happier more fulfilled life. (Freddi)

My Questions

How can talking help with my problems?

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Talking with a therapist can help to identify personal strengths and difficulties, to identify where these may have arisen and what might be maintaining them and to establish future goals to work on. Therapy should always be collaborative, working jointly with the therapist to make sense of things and progress towards your goals. In addition to talking, treatment often involves more practical tasks to practice outside of therapy, to help you progress towards your goals.

How many sessions will I need?

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The number of sessions varies, depending on a number of factors including the type of therapy and the nature of a person’s difficulties. The NICE guidelines provide recommendations as to how many therapy sessions should be offered. It is usually a good idea to have a review after six sessions to see how you are finding therapy and to discuss a plan for future sessions. Therapy is a collaborative process and they will ask you for regular feedback as to how you are finding sessions and if they could be doing anything differently.

What if talking about things makes my problems worse?

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It can understandably be painful to talk about things that feel difficult in our lives. It might lead us to feel strong emotions such as sadness, anxiety or anger. Therapy helps to identify these feelings and work on them together, with the aim of helping people to accept and move forward with their lives. Therapy should always be taken at the pace of the individual and you should never feel pressured to talk about anything you don’t feel ready to. You can always let the therapist know if you are worried about how therapy is making you feel and you should always have a space to debrief after talking about anything difficult.

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