Helen Hastings-Spital

Qualified psychotherapist


Works with

Individuals, groups in Cirencester

About Helen

My integrative approach to psychotherapy is based on respecting the uniqueness and value of each individual. I aim to provide a warm, supportive and non-judgmental context where you can talk freely and in confidence about your difficulties. As a psychotherapist I work with a wide range of problems and life issues. Perhaps you feel something “isn’t quite right” in your life, or you may have a specific difficulty, for example depression, anxiety, bereavement, a relationship breakdown, experience of trauma, work-related stress or burnout. Whatever your reasons for seeking help, we will work together to help you gain a clearer understanding of yourself, your personal qualities and your current difficulties. I offer both long- and shorter-term psychotherapy with regular opportunities to reflect on the usefulness of our work together.

Contact details

07801 866 752

Practice information

Bowling Green Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire GL7 2DX
Access - Sloping driveway, five steps, no wheelchair access
Availability - Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, day and evening appointments

Background info

More information about Helen


I have a background in psychology and outdoor experiential education. The natural world provides numerous therapeutic metaphors for exploring human life processes and transitions. For example, how plant growth is shaped by the conditions in which they grow, or noticing the natural cycle of birth, life, death and re-birth through the changing seasons.

This natural cycle seems to reflect the cycle of change and challenge that we as humans experience at different ages and stages of our life. Sometimes we reach a stage when we feel something needs to change but we don’t know quite what that change needs to be. At other times, change is thrust upon us by personal crisis, bereavement, trauma or illness.

I believe psychotherapy can help individuals gain a greater understanding of themselves and the specific life challenges they face while helping to create the conditions for a more satisfying life in the future.

My Practice

I began my training in psychodynamic counselling in 2000 before completing a Masters (Middlesex University) and a UKCP accredited Professional Diploma in Humanistic and Integrative Psychotherapy (Bath Centre for Psychotherapy and Counselling).

As a psychotherapist, I believe in the importance of relationship in shaping our experience. Whether this is the relationship we have with others (both past and present); the relationship we have with ourselves; or the particular way we relate to events and difficulties in our life. These relational patterns can significantly impact on our capacity for psychological health and well-being.

In my therapy practice, I consider an empathic, warm and non-judgmental therapeutic context is an essential condition for promoting self-exploration, understanding and personal growth in a therapy process.

‘Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.’
Carl Bard

As an integrative psychotherapist, I incorporate knowledge and skills from a variety of trainings to best match the particular needs of each individual and their specific difficulties. I am committed to on-going professional development of my expertise as a practitioner and have completed additional post-qualification training in:

• Trauma-Related Dissociation and Dissociative Disorders
• The Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma
• A sensorimotor-based approach for working with Trauma
• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT)
• Compassionate Mind Training (CMT)
• Mindfulness-based approaches

In addition to private practice, I worked as a psychotherapist, trainer and group facilitator offering Compassionate Focused Therapy (CFT) for the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust in Gloucestershire (Secondary Care).

I am an approved ‘training therapist’ for a number of training organizations in the UK. This means I work alongside trainees in personal psychotherapy to help them increase self-awareness, self-understanding and self-development as they work towards a professional qualification as a Counsellor or Psychotherapist.

As a qualified psychotherapist, I am included in a voluntary register held by UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).

If you would like to talk to me about your concerns and whether psychotherapy would be helpful to you, please get in touch by phone or email. We will arrange a mutually convenient time for an initial meeting and decide together the best way forward for you at this time.

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