Helen Hans

Helen Hans

Registered Member MBACP

Contact information

Phone number
07920 127929

Contact Helen

Therapist - Westcliff-on-Sea

Westcliff-on-Sea SS0
07920 127929
Sessions from £50.00


  • Flexible hours available
  • Available for home visits
  • Concessionary rates

About me and my therapy practice

Hello, I’m Helen and I’m a psychodynamic psychotherapist.

I have been working with expectant mothers and fathers and with parents of babies and toddlers for many years. In the last few years, I have also started working with school aged children, adolescents and their families.

My practice is based on the principle that it's OK to admit you're not OK. Seeking help is a courageous thing to do because it so often goes against the grain to admit you're struggling. Many people find they can get the support they need from family and friends, but sometimes it feels easier to talk to someone who’s outside your usual circle – someone who’s one step removed from the situation. As a psychotherapist, I can offer you support when you’re finding things difficult.

Together we can explore the roots of your difficult feelings and work to improve your mental health and your relationships with those around you. I can provide you with the time and space to talk about whatever you want, without judgement – just empathy and understanding.

My aim is simply to provide you with a regular, confidential space once a week for 50 minutes to reflect on, think through and begin to make sense of what’s behind your current struggles. 50 minutes where you are the sole focus, without any other distraction or purpose. 

Practice description

I trained as a psychodynamic/psychoanalytic psychotherapist at the Tavistock and Portman Clinic and at the School of Infant Mental Health in London and I provide psychotherapy services with psychodynamic principles at their heart.

Psychodynamic psychotherapy is a talking therapy. It aims to help you explore the unconscious links between your past experiences and current difficulties with a particular focus on early relationships. As these relationships are so enormously influential, reflecting on them can bring new understanding and new insights to current problems.

You may simply be seeking a little guidance and may only need a few sessions to feel the benefits of talking therapy, but you can continue for as long you wish. While therapies usually work best in person, we can hold sessions online according to circumstances or geography, or if you would just prefer that. At times speaking from your own home may feel like all you can manage and that is perfectly acceptable.

My first session

Therapists work in different ways and it’s important to find one who suits you, your child or your family. For this reason, I offer a complimentary first session where we can explore your needs and you can get a sense of whether you think we would work well together and whether my approach suits you.

In work with primary school aged children, I prefer to have at least two sessions with the parent/carer to get a full history before meeting the child.

What I can help with

Anger management, Anxiety, Child related issues, Depression, Eating disorders, Infertility, Loss, OCD, Pregnancy related issues, Relationships, Self esteem, Self-harm, Stress, Trauma, Women's issues

Types of therapy

Brief therapy, Family therapy, Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Systemic

Clients I work with

Adults, Children, Families, Young people

How I deliver therapy

Home visits, Long-term face-to-face work, Online counselling, Short-term face-to-face work, Telephone counselling, Time-limited