Helen is a therapeutic coach, counsellor, trauma therapist and feng shui practitioner. She has the capacity to connect with and support her clients, whatever their walk of life as they undertake their journey of increased self-awareness and personal growth.
She has a wealth of experience in helping people make positive changes to their lives and understand how they have arrived at the point they find themselves at. Through gaining personal insight they are able to understand what changes they need to make in thoughts and actions to achieve what they desire. This may be through counselling, coaching, feng shui or a combination.
Clients who have undergone trauma; whether from childhood or adulthood can suffer from difficult emotions and unhelpful adaptive behaviours. Helen helps them reframe the past events and begin to merge the parts of self that have been cut off or damaged and reintegrate a more whole self.
She uses feng shui for clients who want to ensure that their business or home environment is as helpful as possible for them; Sometimes changing thoughts and even actions does not quite get the results desired- if the feng shui is not supportive then changing the environment is necessary to bring in the energies need to enabl them to make the shifts in health, success and relationships etc, that they previously struggled to make.
Helen gained much of her professional experience through working with teenagers in care and within the mental health field for 18 years. During this time she developed a greater understanding of how our emotional, mental, spiritual and physical needs relate to, and impact one another. She managed residential care homes and supported housing schemes designed to help people improve and integrate all aspects of their lives, from daily living skills to work, and relationships. Depression, anxiety, addiction, psychosis and OCD were, sadly, very common symptoms of the struggle many clients experienced, in a bid to cope with and try to fit in to expected "norms" of society today. Many of these illnesses were symptoms of difficult and traumatic upbringings.
This led her to a desire to deepen her understanding of the causes of distress and anxiety, and several years after becoming a Reiki Master and Feng Shui Practitioner she trained in Trauma Therapy and EMDR (eye movement, desensitisation and reprocessing), which helps the body and mind release long-held trauma responses. Helen set up her own private practice, in Dorset, before forming Blackwood Consultants with her Co- Director, Joanna Dreher, in the city of London. helen specialising in working with clients who had suffered from trauma and/or traumatic upbringings and helping people suffering with anxiety, depression, and low self-esteem.
"I believe that everyone has great potential within them, and yet when this is not fulfilled it can create a sense of dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, depression, anxiety or low-confidence. This can have a significant impact upon their ability to perform and succeed in the work environment. Training in a new model of integrated counselling and coaching has enabled me to work effectively with those who want to change either inner or outer aspects of their lives; whether they want to focus on aspects of their professional or private lives. Changing a behaviour or developing a skill/aptitude will have a correspondence to changing an inner thinking pattern or belief system. I have found that working on both levels produces a more effective and integrated change in a person.
I have trained in mediation and yoga in India, Germany and England, and use the techniques with clients when they find it helpful. Working in this way with the body and mind together has a direct and positive influence on our ability to maintain physical, emotional and mental health and helps induce a clarity of mind.
I am also a Practitioner of Feng Shui, which holds the same principles of the intimate relationship between the inner and outer worlds- the conscious and unconscious, and the world of quantum and molecular physics."
Changes can be made through thought and action.