As a trainer, Helen creates and delivers workshops in the fields of counselling, creative arts therapy, working with young people, empowerment and anti-bullying, self support, self development, and parenting skills.
In 1998 she qualified in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy from the Institute for Arts in Therapy and Education in London, having obtained her degree in Social Psychology from the University of Sussex in 1989.
Helen has been working part-time – first in Brighton and then in Glasgow – since becoming a parent in 2000, and now enjoys balancing work with parenting her four children.
Counselling and Creative Therapy – Helen Cruthers
Is Therapy for Me?
if you are feeling anxious or scared
if you are struggling with a big decision
if you are finding it hard to make satisfying relationships with others
if you feel frustrated and unfulfilled
if you are wanting support or advice
if you want to understand yourself better
if you feel stuck in old habits
if you are struggling with hurt and pain
if you don't know what you want
if you are feeling trapped
if you want help and support to make changes then therapy may be helpful for you
What happens in therapy?
Therapy is mainly about two people meeting together in order to explore the issues and dilemmas of one of the people – the client. The client talks about their worries, concerns, fears, hopes and dreams and the therapist tries to understand and help the client to explore these further – to gain more insight. This can help the client feel better and also to gain a sense of agency – an idea of what choices they want to make and what they want to do next.
My training is in Integrative Arts Psychotherapy – so as well as exploring your world and your dilemmas by talking with each other, there is the opportunity to explore this world using imagery – which can be very powerful, creative and surprising. I will invite you to talk about what you want from therapy and we will work together in a variety of ways to try and achieve your aims.
Family Coaching - Helen Cruthers
What is Family Coaching?
It's a tough job being a parent - it can be hard to know how best to respond in difficult situations, and it can be easy to feel overwhelmed. I offer support and guidance for parents, and other family members, to improve the quality of family life. Whether you need some practical strategies, a supportive listening ear, or both – family coaching can be a great way to enhance your skills and confidence as a parent. The approach is very flexible, based on your needs - we can meet in your home or elsewhere, and we can work together on the phone. Don't hesitate to contact me to discuss how I can best help you.
Common family difficulties that we can tackle together include:
school issues and bullying
self-esteem and shyness
extended family problems
stress of a new baby
step-families and adopted children
anger issues (adult or child)
living with teens
What's the next step? - Please feel free to contact me for any further discussion of how I may be able to help