Psychotherapy takes place in the overlap of two areas of playing, that of the patient and that of the therapist. Psychotherapy has to do with two people playing together. The corollary of this is that where playing is not possible then the work done by the therapist is directed towards bringing the patient from a state of not being able to play into a state of being able to play. -D.W. Winnicott
Meet Helena da Silva
I am an English and French-speaking counseling psychologist with a background in adolescent and adult counseling.
I am also fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.
I use an integrative therapeutic approach to meet the specific needs of all my clients, which allows me to tailor therapy and help on an individual basis.
I have a particular interest in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction therapy (MBSR). As well as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), existential psychotherapy, and person-centered therapies.
Born in Geneva, I was raised in Mexico and Brazil. My multi-cultural background allows me to appreciate and understand how culture helps shape the way we see ourselves and others – enabling us to have a sense of identity and belonging.
I have a Bachelors in Psychology, and an MA in Counseling (Webster University, GE). I am a registered counselor with the Swiss Association for Counselling (SfGB) and I hold a Droit de Pratique Complémentaire from the canton of Geneva. I also hold an MA in English Literature (University of Geneva), and an International Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (Durham University, UK).
My previous work experience includes positions as a school counselor at the international school Collège du Léman in Versoix, Switzerland, and at Webster University Geneva Student Counseling Service in private practice. I currently work in private practice in Grand-Saconnex, Geneva.
My education and background has prepared me to become an open-minded, reflective, knowledgeable, and balanced practitioner. I am passionate about helping others connect more authentically to themselves, others and their life as a whole.
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Your Health Starts Here
+41 79 767 01 68
Only online sessions at the moment via Skype, Zoom or FaceTime, thank you for your understanding.
Route de Colovrex 39, 1218 Geneva
There are two parking spaces available.
Please note that the entrance is on l'Ancienne Route, just around the corner.
Bus 5, 28 & F - (Gd-Saconnex-Place)
Bus 53 - (Gd-Saconnex-Mairie)
For the moment I am only offering online counseling sessions.
Sessions last for 60mins.
Please inquire about sliding scale rates in case of financial hardship.
Payment is due either in person or via bank transfer.
Cancellation policy: at least 24 hour advance notice is required to avoid being charged for a missed, cancelled, or changed session.
Sessions are confidential and it is something we will discuss in our first session.
I wish to create a space that is just for you, to speak about whatever topic, and to feel that it is received without any judgement.
What to Expect
Once a first appointment is made, we will use the first couple of sessions to make sure we are a right fit.
These initial sessions will be a place for you to tell me more about yourself and about your goals for counseling.
Subsequently, we will work together to decide on the progression of each session.