My name is Helen Lehrle and I run the centre. I am a Counsellor, Complementary Therapist and Reiki Master. I work behind the scenes with all of the enquiries about counselling and complementary therapies so I am indeed busy, from emails to telephone enquiries I endeavour to come back to as quick as possible, usually within 24 hours. I will sign post you to the right counsellor and take time to get all the support that you may need.
I am a Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (Adv.Dip.Psych.Couns) MBACP (member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) CBT Therapist and trainer.
In my work I see individuals and couples I also run support groups. I hold peer supervision groups for counsellors and complementary therapists. I am a qualified Supervisor and and I am currently giving concessions for supervisees in training. I am a volunteer supervisor for Cruse Bereavement Care.
I offer family therapy with Thea see can see the whole family at once to establish what issues we can help resolve.
I am very creative in my work and use lots of different models in therapy so I can adapt how I work with you. I believe the relationship between client and therapist is key to a good therapeutic relationship. I believe the relationship is built from trust and if we are to succeed in the sessions we need to be open and honest and work in a collaborative way.
My rooms are designed to make you feel at ease so this can give you a feeling of trust, safety and security. I do my very best to put you at ease when we work together.
I offer a safe and confidential environment for you to look at your feelings, to be non-judgemental so you can explore what is going on for you or if you come as a couple we can look at the relationship as a focus.
On our first appointment I will carry out an assessment to see if I am the right therapist to work with you, and that I have the right training to be able to assist you, fortunately as the team are trained to deal with many issues I can sign post you to the right therapist.
I trained at Aylesbury College and hold a level 5 qualification in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a Level 5 CBT diploma. I trained as a supervisor at the Albany Centre in St Albans in 2017 and trained in family therapy in 2017 too, family work is carried out with two therapists in the sessions.
I bring in lots of tools to help us resolve some of the issues you may be facing. I aim to help you find the real you through understanding theories from theorists we have more understanding about our behaviours, feelings and our past history. With an Integrative approach in my work this then allows me to work flexibly and creatively with my clients. I bring in the Person Centered therapy CBT, Transactional Analysis, Psychodynamic models to my work and I also can use Mindfulness and Meditation approaches when needed.
I have volunteered at The hospice of St Francis where I gained a lot of experience in bereavement and loss. I am part of the supportive care team there and offer time when I can to the charity.
I also have worked in addiction rehab centres in many different settings, volunteering counselling to those most vulnerable. Now in my private practice I can combine my skills to offer counselling and complementary therapies. I believe that the connection with dis-ease (disease) and our mental wellbeing goes hand in hand, in looking after the mind, the body and spirit we can live a happier healthier life.
I am passionate about continued learning so I am either teaching, running a group or on my own self-development training.
Currently me fees are £50.00 for one to one counselling and £65.00 for couples. CBT starts at £50 a session and can go up to £90 a session, we can discuss this in our first meeting. I offer appointments in the evenings so clients can get child care or for those who work. I also see counselling students at a reduced rate.