”Helen is a gifted therapist with a warm, gentle approach. From the very first parent & child counselling consult, I knew my child and myself would be in good hands. My seven year old daughter came to Helen after experiencing difficulties at school that seemed completely out of character from the child I knew. My daughter’s self esteem was rapidly eroding and her teachers seemed at a loss as to what to do. Helen worked with my daughter to reclaim her confidence and trust in herself, as well as providing reassurance and support to me and giving strategies and valuable insight to her teachers. My self-assured, happy child has returned and I couldn’t be more grateful. Now my nine year old son is seeing Helen. After observing how she helped his sister return to the best version of herself, he asked me if he could “go to Helen” too . He told me after his first session, “I went into Helen’s feeling hot and grumpy after a day at school and I left feeling calm and relaxed. She’s such a nice person, I can’t wait to go back!” I couldn’t recommend her more highly myself. “
“My husband and I are separated. Even though we have a very amicable relationship our 5 year old son was struggling with our separation. We sought Helen’s assistance initially to find out if the emotions and behaviours we were seeing in him were “normal” for the situation. Helen reassured us that what we were seeing was normal and that he would most likely work through it himself. However, if we wished to help him with this process, play therapy and child counselling would be beneficial and would help him work through the process more quickly. Given our son would be starting school the following year we decided to accept Helen’s assistance.
Our son quickly developed a strong relationship with Helen and looked forward to “Miss Helen day” each week. Over the weeks we saw changes in our son’s emotional state which in turn effected his behaviour. Helen provided us with play therapy methods and tools to continue the work she did in her sessions at home. This was by way of words and phrases to use, how to use acceptance and then distraction and also articles that were relevant to our situation. Our son developed an acceptance of the situation (even though he still didn’t like it). He became able to identify or describe his emotions which enabled us to talk about how he felt, that is was okay to feel how he was feeling and then help him deal with the emotion in a healthy way.
I highly recommend Helen as a play therapist. She is very friendly and easy to talk to, which is important when things can be difficult to talk about. Helen is very knowledgeable and conducted all sessions (play therapy and parent sessions) in a professional manner. She provided very helpful and constructive feedback that was easy to understand and implement into our lives. We are very grateful to have found Helen and the assistance she provided our son (and us) in getting through a difficult period.”
” I can’t speak highly enough of Helen. I think she is an amazing play therapist and her play therapy methods, support and passion for what she does has fitted in so well with my family, and I think with a Steiner parenting philosphy. The gentle help and guidance she has given myself and my little Miss S has been so beneficial. I’ve expanded my understanding of her world as a 4yr old and gained new ways to work with and communicate with her. For Miss S I think it has been a supportive space that is just hers, to work through what she might be struggling with. “