Dr Helen Damon

Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Professional Biography

Helen is a lecturer in Counselling Psychology.  Prior to this, she completed Regent’s DPsych as a student.  As a Play Therapist and Filial Therapist, Helen is particularly experienced in working with children, young people and families; and she enjoys incorporating metaphor, play and the creative arts into her practice with adult clients. 

Helen’s clinical experience encompasses NHS, school, charity and community settings within multi-disciplinary and multi-agency teams; and she currently sees clients in private practice. She specialises in work with illness, death and dying, and bereavement: she has three years’ experience in NHS child and adult bereavement services and five years’ experience in a children’s hospital school, including establishing play therapy at two hospitals in Central London.


  • WPF Therapy Certificate in CBT Skills, WPF Therapy, 2015
  • DPsych in Counselling Psychology, Regent’s University London, 2014-2018
  • Intensive Filial Therapy Training Program, The Family Enhancement and Play Therapy Center, 2013
  • MA in Play Therapy, Distinction, The University of Roehampton, 2011-2013
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology, First Class, The Open University, 2009-2014
  • BA (Hons) in Literae Humaniores (Classics and Philosophy), 2:1, The University of Oxford, 2002-2006

Relevant Past Employment

  • 2015-2018: Counselling Psychologist in Training, The Centre for Better Health
  • 2016-2017: Counselling Psychologist in Training, Place2Be
  • 2015-2016: Counselling Psychologist in Training, Whipps Cross University Hospital Psychological Support Service
  • 2012-2014: Play Therapist in Training/Play Therapist, Chelsea Community Hospital School
  • 2012-2014: Play Therapist in Training/Play Therapist, Zig Zag Children and Young People’s Bereavement Service
  • 2012: Play Therapist in Training, Churchfields Infants’ School
  • 2009-2012: Learning Assistant, Chelsea Community Hospital School
  • 2008-2009: Teaching Assistant, The Slade Nursery School and Day Nursery
  • 2007-2008: Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Tutor, (private employer, Oxford)
  • 2008: Early Years Worker, Headington Quarry Foundation Stage School


    How do Counselling Psychologists make decisions about touching their client?British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Newcastle, England, 2018.

    Other Outputs

    Damon, H. M. (2017). How do Counselling Psychologists decide whether to touch clients? Poster session presented at the British Psychological Society Division of Counselling Psychology Annual Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England

    Research Supervision

    Helen is currently supervising four DPsych trainees’ doctoral theses.

    Research Interests

    Helen is interested in qualitative methodologies, particularly (constructivist) grounded theory, and in issues of quality in qualitative research.  In terms of research foci, she is particularly interested in: clinicians’ and clients’ use of touch, the body, and non-verbal communication in the context of the therapeutic relationship; clinicians’ ethical decision-making process; the impact of social discourses, particularly those relating to gender and sexuality, on the therapeutic relationship; death and dying, bereavement and illness; how aspects of psychological theory and clinical practice may be applied to training and practice in “other” professions, such as teaching; work with children, young people and families; and the use of metaphor, play and the creative arts in therapeutic practice. 

    Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

    • Chartered Member of the British Psychological Society (CPsychol)
    • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Counselling Psychologist
    • Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
    • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

    Teaching & Course Development

    Helen is Module Leader for lecture series on “Ethical and Professional Issues” and “Cognitive Behavioural Approaches in Counselling Psychology”, and for Advanced Counselling Psychology Workshops on “Measurement and Evaluation” and “Influencing and Leading”. She acts as a Personal Tutor, which includes facilitating sessions on “Professional Practice”. She is Placement Coordinator, and a member of the DPsych Research Ethics Committee.


    Helen acts an internal examiner for DPsych theses.