Helen Damon
Lecturer in Counselling Psychology

Email: damonh@regents.ac.uk
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Subject(s): Psychotherapy & 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.  She specialises in work with illness, death 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. She currently sees clients at The Centre for Better Health – a community mental health charity that offers open-ended interventions to adults with a range of presenting issues.

Qualifications

  • 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-present: 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

Professional Affiliation(s)/Accreditation

  • Full Member of the British Association of Play Therapists (BAPT)
  • Graduate Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)

Teaching & Course Development

Helen is Module Leader for the “Measurement and Evaluation” and “Cognitive-behavioural Approaches in Counselling Psychology” modules.   

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, 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. 

Other Outputs

  • Damon, H. M. (2017). How do Counselling Psychologists decide whether to touch clients? Poster session presented at the BPS DCoP Annual Conference, Stratford-Upon-Avon, England.