Helen Finn

I founded Imagine Therapy because it brings together my skills, passions and what I believe works for good mental health.

I believe that therapy should be warm, inviting and human. Treatment doesn’t need to be clinical for it to work. I believe in people, in the goodness of people and the capacity for people to change. We are all in this life together. And we can all find ourselves at the bottom of a pit or at the end of ourselves. I don’t believe I can do life any better than anyone else. Life is surprising. I have always believed in individuality. That what works for one person might not work for another. For that reason I’ve dedicated my career to learning all I can and training in different approaches, so that I can work in a holistic way.

I am originally from England and grew up in the countryside, fostering a love of the nature and the outdoors. I love to ride horses and have always enjoyed hiking. All the better if I’m accompanied by a dog! I love growing vegetables and once had chickens. I now have a retired dog and a friendly cat. There have been plenty of times when I personally have found nature to be healing, so I was not surprised to learn later of the evidence behind this. I also enjoy music and drawing. I have two children, one of which has ADHD. He is my greatest teacher on ADHD and is a daily reminder to me of how we are all unique in how we see and understand the world.

In England I worked in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services. I worked with children and teenagers with a broad range of mental health problems. I have also worked in management in Adult Mental Health Services and have offered therapy online. I have a particular interest in trauma and PTSD.

I am a licensed experienced Occupational Therapist. I qualified in 2010. I had an interest in nature-based therapy then and chose to write my thesis on Ecotherapy.

I have a post-graduate diploma in Cognitive and Behavioural Psychotherapy. This included a specialist focus and courses in child and adolescent approaches. I also have a Certificate in Counselling Skills which enabled me to study psychodynamic and humanistic counselling.

I have a degree in Performing and Visual Arts. I wrote my dissertation on Art as Therapy.

I have completed courses in Sensory Integration therapy including specialist courses in autism and school-based sensory integration.