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Helen Logan, MA Counselling and Psychotherapy

I am a BACP Accredited therapist with over 30 years counselling experience and work with clients from Surrey, Sussex and London

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Helen Logan


I am a BACP Accredited therapist with over 20 years counselling experience and work with clients from Surrey, Sussex and London. I have had an extremely varied career working in a variety of settings including healthcare services, media organisations, and charitable agencies.

For 12 years I was the behind the scenes psychotherapist on 'This Morning' television programme on ITV and most recently have been working as an addiction therapist for a private healthcare service. I also regularly train other therapists in telephone counselling skills and have led training seminars in domestic violence, addiction and stress management.

Should you like to discuss your problem I offer a free telephone consultation in the first instance, so that you can decide whether I might be the right person to help you. You can contact me directly on 07790 670 365. Alternatively, you can access an on line form through the Contact page.

I currently run my own practice from London Bridge, SE1 and Horley in Surrey, and have a wealth of experience in dealing with a wide range of problems including:





















There are different reasons why you might wish to seek therapy. Perhaps there's an issue that dates back many years - something that has felt too daunting or painful to address. Possibly, you've tried to push it to the back of your mind and get on with your life but have found that despite your best efforts, the issue keeps getting in the way. You might also worry that talking about it might be like opening Pandora's Box, and that once it is opened you may not be able to close it again. But rest assured sharing the problem can be surprisingly liberating and we will only ever take things at your pace.

Alternatively you may be in the middle of a current crisis and need support to help you to cope and a safe space to explore your feelings around it. You might simply feel you are stuck, or at a crossroads, unsure of how to break the deadlock of a situation or which direction to take. Many people find that therapy enables a deeper understanding of themselves and their life experience. Whilst it doesn't automatically offer all the answers, therapy does provide the foundation from which to move forward.

Alternatively you may be in the middle of a current crisis and need support to help you to cope and a safe space to explore your feelings around it. You might simply feel you are stuck, or at a crossroads, unsure of how to break the deadlock of a situation or which direction to take. Many people find that therapy enables a deeper understanding of themselves and their life experience. Whilst it doesn't automatically offer all the answers, therapy does provide the foundation from which to move forward.



For a variety of reasons you may prefer to opt for telephone counselling instead of face to face therapy. You may have difficulty travelling or need to stay at home. You might work long or inconvenient hours or simply prefer to choose a counsellor who suits your needs rather than lives close by.

By its very nature telephone counselling can offer a more flexible way of working and because of the anonymity people often feel more comfortable expressing difficult issues or emotions. Some clients like to start with telephone counselling and then - if viable - see me for face to face sessions instead. Others like to continue working on the phone.

I have significant experience in telephone counselling, having spoken with many thousands of clients via this medium throughout the years I have been working as a therapist. I co-deliver regular training seminars to other qualified therapists in effective telephone counselling skills and practice.

Telephone sessions are normally for 50 minutes. However, should you like longer or shorter sessions this can be negotiated.



One of my areas of interest and expertise is the treatment of addiction. During my time working as a therapist I have helped many hundreds of people get clean and/or sober and stay that way. Around 90% of those I have worked with were substance or addictive behaviour-free by the time we had completed therapy. If you have the desire to stop, I can help.

Our work will focus first on understanding where your addiction has come from and what your 'triggers' are that tend to precipitate your use of an addictive substance or behaviour. In conjunction with this I will teach you a range of strategies and exercises to help deal with difficult moments where you may be tempted to re-engage in your old behaviour. Ultimately, you will find you develop a much healthier, and happier approach to living and re-discover a sense of calm and peace of mind.

Help for Family Members: It is often the case that those who are closest to an individual with an addiction problem become depressed or feel powerless to help. They may feel angry or frustrated. Supportive help for those family members or carers can be vital for all involved if progress is to be maintained. I can also help those families where an individual is not willing to acknowledge their problem or seek assistance for it. Guidance can be provided to enable families to help motivate the individual to accept support, or where this isn’t forthcoming, support them through this.

1. How do I know if I need treatment for alcohol?

Generally speaking, there are four 'levels' of alcohol drinking - social, heavy, problem and dependent. There is a quick test at the end of this section which will help you to decide if you need treatment now.

Social drinkers tend to have the occasional glass of alcohol and keep within the recommended safe limits which are:

For men: no more than 21 units of alcohol per week and no more than four units on any one day.

For Women: no more than 14 units of alcohol per week and no more than three units in any one day. Pregnant women should abstain from alcohol completely. One unit of alcohol is in about half a pint of beer, or two thirds of a small glass of wine, or one small pub measure of spirits.

Drinking above the recommended safe limit is hazardous and constitutes ‘heavy’ drinking. That is, it increases your risk of developing diseases such as cirrhosis (liver damage), damage to the pancreas, certain cancers, heart problems, sexual problems, and other conditions. About 1 in 3 men, and about 1 in 7 women, drink more than the safe limit. In general, the more you drink, the greater the risk.

This is where you continue to drink heavily even though you have caused harm, or are causing harm or problems to yourself, family, or society. For example, you may:

This is a very serious situation where drinking alcohol becomes a major priority in one’s life. Someone addicted to alcohol will drink every day, and often need to drink to prevent unpleasant withdrawal symptoms (see below). In the UK about 2 in 100 women and about 6 in 100 men are alcohol dependent.

2. What are the symptoms of alcohol dependence?

If you are alcohol dependent you have an extremely strong desire, and sometimes an overwhelming compulsion to drink alcohol. You have great difficulty in controlling your drinking. In addition, your body becomes used to alcohol. Therefore, you may start to develop 'withdrawal' symptoms 3-8 hours after your last drink as the effect of the alcohol wears off. So, even if you want to stop drinking, it is often difficult because of the withdrawal symptoms.

Therefore, you may start to develop 'withdrawal' symptoms 3-8 hours after your last drink as the effect of the alcohol wears off. So, even if you want to stop drinking, it is often difficult because of the withdrawal symptoms.

Withdrawal symptoms include: feeling sick, trembling, sweating, stomach problems, and a craving for alcohol. Convulsions occur in a small number of cases.

As a result, you drink alcohol regularly and depend on it to prevent withdrawal symptoms. If you do not have any more alcohol, withdrawal symptoms usually last 5-7 days, but a craving for alcohol may persist longer. The severity of dependence can vary. It can develop gradually and become more severe.

You may be developing alcohol dependence if you;

  • Often have a strong desire to drink alcohol and need a drink every day.
  • Drink alone often.
  • Need a drink to stop trembling (the shakes).
  • Drink early, or first thing in the morning (to avoid withdrawal symptoms).
  • Spend a lot of you time in activities where alcohol is available. For example, if you spend a lot of time at the pub.
  • Neglect other interests or pleasures because of alcohol drinking.

If you are alcohol dependent you are usually tolerant to the effect of alcohol. This means that you need more alcohol to notice any effects and to become drunk. This can make things worse as it tends to make you drink even more. If you are alcohol dependent you may get drunk regularly. However, you may not get drunk. You may drink small amounts regularly to keep any withdrawal symptoms away. You may then be able to conceal your problem from others. However, you are still at serious risk of developing conditions due to heavy drinking (liver damage, cancers, etc).

Now take the quick alcohol screening test below to help you to ascertain whether you have a problem with drinking;

  1. Do you ever lose time from work because of drinking?
  2. Is drinking making your home life unhappy?
  3. Do you ever drink because you feel shy around other people?
  4. Is drinking affecting your reputation?
  5. Have you ever felt remorseful after drinking?
  6. Have you ever experienced financial problems as a result of drinking?
  7. Do you ever turn to inferior companions and /or environments when drinking?
  8. Does drinking ever make you careless of your family’s welfare?
  9. Has your ambition decreased as a result of your drinking?
  10. Do you crave a drink at a particular time of the day?
  11. Do you want a drink in the morning?
  12. Do you have difficulty sleeping because of your drinking?
  13. Has your efficiency decreased a result of your drinking?
  14. Is drinking jeopardizing your job or work?
  15. Do you drink to escape worries or trouble?
  16. Do you ever drink alone?
  17. Have you ever had a loss of memory because of drinking?
  18. Has you ever seen your doctor about your drinking?
  19. Do you ever drink to build up your self-confidence?
  20. Have you ever been hospitalised or institutionalised because of your drinking?

3. How long does treatment last?

The length of treatment is dependent on various factors, such as the severity of the problem, the client’s level of motivation and his or her other support networks.

It is very often the case that once an individual has stopped using a substance, other issues come to light and it can be important to spend a little time addressing these. I would encourage the client to consider utilising other sources of help – such as AA, or NA – throughout the course of their contact and after contact has finished so that there is continuity of support and personal development. Ultimately the client decides how long the duration of the counselling lasts but further sessions can be organised if and when needed.




‘Sometimes we all fall into a dark place, that we really don’t want to be, but have no control over. The support I’ve been given has brought me back to be the person I used to be – the person that people recognise again as being my true self. My confidence, sense of humour, motivation and purpose have all returned and without Helen’s support this would not have been possible.’


'The voice of reason and sense through some of my darkest, loneliest and most irrational moments. Patience and understanding in abundance enabled me to be honest about my depression and self harming. Words could never fully encompass my appreciation for the support I have been given. Helen is truly unique and I am grateful for all the time and effort she has invested in me.'


'We are both doing great. Nearly four months for myself without alcohol and three for my husband. Not long ago we were respectively drinking 100 and 180 units a week! We’re delighted and are convinced we wouldn’t have achieved it without Helen’s superb guidance and support.’


‘When I came out of rehab I was really nervous and not sure of myself. When my counselling sessions started with Helen I felt at ease instantly, she was so friendly and I knew that I could tell her anything that was on my mind. She was supportive of all my decisions and never judged me. I have never had a counsellor who was so encouraging and made me feel good about myself. Knowing that Helen was there for me really helped me, even when we didn’t have sessions I knew that if anything was bothering me she’d be there for me to guide me through difficult times.'


'There were a few occasions when I would talk through issues that came up in my life with Helen before I would tell my family, as long as I had Helen’s support I knew it would be ok. Having Helen to talk to, pushed me to move forward with my life, I realised that in order for my life to be different without drugs I would have to take charge of my own life. I believe that my life is as it is now (which is amazing) is due to the aftercare I received when coming out of rehab, I feel so lucky to have had Helen as my counsellor and a part of my recovery.’


'You told me I could stop this addiction and showed me how, when I had no faith in myself. You have helped me to come back to my family and myself and my gratitude for this programme will stay with me for a lifetime.'




First of all, remember that seeing a counsellor doesn't mean that there is something wrong with you. Many people choose to see a counsellor just so they can 'off-load' the events or feelings of the week. Others may bring a specific issue that they need help in understanding or resolving. When thinking about whether you need counselling, it might be helpful to ask yourself a number of questions. If you can answer 'yes' to one or more it may indicate that counselling could help:

This is really dependent on the individual problem(s) and the individual client. Some people bring very specific problems that can be resolved relatively quickly, over the course of a number of sessions. Others may have more deeply entrenched difficulties that date back some years, and these can take longer to work through.

Many people feel that whilst they have resolved the issues that they sought help for, they still value the opportunity to have an hour each week where they can reflect upon their feelings, thoughts and events. The client and I regularly assess progress throughout the sessions, and ultimately it is up to the client to decide how long the counselling will continue for.

Generally speaking, appointments are at the same time each week, but I do try to be flexible. If the scheduled appointment presents an unavoidable problem one week, I would do my best to try and find another time when the client and I could meet.

Guidelines recommend that in order to practise, counsellors should have completed at least an appropriate diploma. Accreditation/registration with a professional body (e.g. BACP, UKCP) means a counsellor/psychotherapist has satisfied certain rules on training, practice and ethics to gain professional recognition. For example, the BACP's Individual Counsellor Accreditation scheme requires a minimum of:

Yes it is. What is discussed within the counselling sessions stays in the counselling sessions. The only circumstance where confidentiality might be broken is if the client poses a serious risk either to him/herself or someone known to the client. I would always try to discuss the need for a break in confidentiality with the client first and the reasons for this.

Each face to face counselling session lasts for 50 minutes, the so called 'counselling hour'. This is so that if another client is due at the following hour, clients can come and go without having to bump into each other! It also means that I have the time to feel properly refreshed and focused to meet each individual client. Telephone counselling sessions last 40 minutes.

Generally speaking, psychological therapies fall into three categories. These are behavioural therapies which focus on cognitions and behaviours, psychoanalytical and psychodynamic therapies which focus on the unconscious relationship patterns that evolved from childhood, and humanistic therapies which focus on looking at the 'here and now'. I have training in all three of these approaches. I work integratively, which means that I use a number of different counselling models depending on the individual client and the individual problem.