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Canterbury Compassion Counselling

A safe confidential and non-judgemental space for
addressing life's challenges

Meet Helen Hadlow

I am a qualified counsellor holding a BA(Hons) in integrative relational counselling and a registered member of BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).  I have a number of years of experience working in the charity and private sector, supporting clients with a wide range of emotional issues. 

At the heart of my counselling practice is the aim to provide a space where you can come to breathe, to be, and find unconditional acceptance, positive reflection and discover alternative narratives and perspectives for yourself.   A relationship that enables that to occur, allows for the development of self-awareness and self- acceptance, hope and healing.

Meet Helen
Why Counselling

Why Counselling?

Counselling can help with depression, anxiety, stress, eating disorders, abuse, self-harm, identity issues, bereavements, relationship challenges

Life's challenges

In our journey through life, past and present challenges can leave us feeling overwhelmed, confused, desperate and stuck.  The busyness of the modern world does not afford one the opportunity or space to process these feelings and the story attached to them.  We may well then become stuck in behavioural patterns, which no longer serve us well and negatively impact the relationship with ourselves, others and the world around us.

The Counselling Environment

Counselling provides a safe, confidential and non-judgmental space where one can explore and process difficult feelings and challenge negative thinking/ behavioural patterns.  Growing in self-awareness leads to new perspectives and renewed energy.  This renewed outlook enables  one to address life’s challenges in a more balanced and sustainable way, leading to a greater sense of peace and contentment.

What I offer

I offer an integrative counselling approach which draws from a range of counselling methods, so as to suite the clients specific needs and preferences. 

This may include:


  • Exploring past relationships and childhood experiences and how they impact current relationships.

  • Using the counselling relationship to uncover how the client’s own psychological structures and past, shape how they perceive and react to others in the present.

  • Changing thinking and behavioural patterns using cognitive behavioural therapy

  • Facing painful emotions and learning to manage and de-centre from them. Mindfulness can be a helpful tool in this process.

  • Exploring how our spiritual values and beliefs impact our thinking and the choices we make

  • Working creatively using different techniques and methods.


Initial assessment is free, which is to determine whether we are comfortable working with each other.  It is widely accepted that a good counselling relationship is one of the essential factors for counselling to be effective. 

Why am I a therapist ?

I am a therapist because I have come to learn that many people struggle emotionally: feel alone, unheard, irrelevant, tired, worthless, unconnected, sad, anxious and fearful. They need someone to listen to them and show them they have value.  The need the space and time to grow in self-awareness and acceptance, and taught new skills in relating to self and others.   They need to have hope, and energy rekindled, so they can walk tall again.  I am a therapist because I have personal experience of how powerful it can be to have someone supporting and encouraging you to be the best and most authentic self, when passing through dark times.  I am a therapist because I have first hand experience of the lack of provision in the UK today,  for those struggling with mental health problems. I am a counsellor because I believe it is a great privilege to be let into people’s lives and walk alongside them in their pain with the aim of imparting  hope and helping  them get the most out of life as possible.





Where To Start

Initial Assessments

Free (30 mins)

I offer an initial assessment for free as it is important to determine that we are comfortable in working together. This is essential as it is widely accepted that one of the most important factors for effective counselling is the relationship dynamic between counsellor and client.


Please give me a call, or send a text, and I will get back to you as soon as possible. 

Follow Up Consultations

My Rates

Individuals: £40/hour


(I have a limited number of spaces available for reduced fee clients).


Many people find it daunting to start the counselling process, so I will attempt to make it as clear and collaborative as possible.

Contact Helen

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Phone : 07802810669

South Canterbury Consultations (My Residence): Stelling Minnis (6 miles south of Canterbury) 

"As a regular person who happens to have Asperger's Syndrome I was uneasy and wary about attending counselling. Previous experiences with counselling ended unsatisfactorily or being met with poor understanding from the counsellors involved, as they were simply not able or willing to work through the way in which I viewed situations. 
With Helen I didn't need to worry, sessions went at my speed and my direction unless I specifically requested otherwise.
I had no issues with being misunderstood, and usually only needed to provide clarity on a few trains of thought that were difficult to comprehend for anyone without my thought patterns, which in itself was a help to me, as I had never before been able to experience my viewpoints from someone else's perspective. I would have no real negative points to make about my time with Helen, and would happily see her again if my mental health needs required me to do so."
- Richard 2014 -
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