Welcome to

Alderbeck Counselling

Working with you on your journey of self- improvement and helping you feel more empowered

Counselling and therapy for individuals in a safe, comfortable and private setting

Welcome, and thank you for visiting Alderbeck Counselling.

Hi, my name is Helena McKinnon and I am a professional, qualified integrative therapist based in Twickenham. I offer both short-term and open-ended counselling to individuals either online, via Zoom or Teams, via telephone or in person.

Deciding to see a counsellor can be a difficult decision but a courageous first step in seeking support. I appreciate that finding the right counsellor is a very personal choice and can feel like a big decision. It is therefore important to find someone you feel you will be able to trust to share your thoughts and feelings with, and that person is someone you feel will understand you and your concerns.

Helena McKinnon integrative therapist

I recognise that the relationship formed between the client and counsellor is of the utmost importance in counselling. I also understand that all clients are unique and have different life experiences, and therefore my goal is to support you to work through the issues you are facing.

You can find out more about my experience & qualifications here.

How can counselling help?

As a counsellor I am here to facilitate a safe and non-judgemental environment for you to explore your concerns, thoughts and feelings as part of your journey of self-awareness, to help you lead a more fulfilling and happier life. I am an integrative therapist and my approach is to work collaboratively with you, to meet your needs, developing and building a trusting and confidential relationship.

Working integratively, means that I draw on a range of theories and techniques to help you gain understanding of how your past may be affecting your current situation, as well as how your thoughts, feelings and behaviours may be impacting you in the here and now. Everyone is individual and the work we do together would be individual to you, working with what you bring and to your needs, at your pace.

Speak in Confidence

Counselling happens in a safe and confidential space, whether in person or online/via telephone where you can share your issues and concerns. My role is to create the trusting and confidential environment, through listening empathically, and without judgement so that you can explore at your own pace your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. The intention is for you to understand yourself better and find your own solutions.

Sharing Your Problems And Worries

Do you have issues with anxiety or depression or are you dealing with difficult life events or relationship issues? Counselling can help through providing you with the space to explore these issues and your feelings towards them, assisting with the tools to understand the underlying causes of your issues and how you can come to manage them.

Positive Choices

Through the work we do together I can help facilitate the space you need to gain insight into the difficulties you face and enhance your understanding of your resulting feelings and behaviour towards these issues. My role is to help facilitate your decision making as well as your ability to cope, so you can make better, healthier choices.

What issues can counselling help with?

People come to me for help a wide range of issues. Here are a few of the more common difficulties that can be supported through counselling:




Health issues

Loneliness and isolation 

Loss and grief

Relationships and family

Self esteem and self worth

Work and stress


I provide both short-term and open-ended therapy to individuals either online via Zoom or Teams, or by telephone.

I can also provide face to face sessions in Twickenham. In person 1-2-1 sessions take place in comfortable private counselling rooms located in Twickeham, I will provide location details when we arrange our therapy sessions.

I see clients from the surrounding areas such Richmond, Teddington, Hounslow, Hampton, Ashford, Brentford, and Fulham.

Contact me to find out more about how face to face or online therapy works.


Sessions usually take place on weekly basis at the same time each week and cost £50 per 50 minute session.

Initial assessment sessions also last 50 minutes and cost £40.

An initial assessment is for you to see if I am going to be the right counsellor for you, and whether how I work and my approach will suit your needs and requirements. There is no commitment beyond this session unless you choose to continue.

Please email me to enquire about availability.

Please note if you need to cancel an appointment 48 hours notice is required otherwise the session will be charged.

Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment. Please email via  info@alderbeckcounselling.co.uk

This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help.

You can also call me on 07876745071 if you would prefer to leave a message or speak to me first.

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