Helen is a child and adolescent Clinical Psychologist, who has experience of working with NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Specialist NHS Children in Care teams.  Helen also has experience working within residential children’s homes, a specialist school for children and young people with emotional and behavioural difficulties, and a forensic inpatient service for children and young people.

Helen has a special interest in working with children who have experienced developmental trauma, and those who care for and support them.  She believes that relationships are the vehicle by which positive and meaningful change can occur through giving children experiences of safety, comfort, joy, and new ways of experiencing themselves and others.

Helen believes that the foundation for effective psychological work is a strong therapeutic relationship and she has a professional style which is warm, empathic, playful, and curious. She believes that the wishes and needs of children should be at the core of all therapeutic work and is adaptive and flexible in sessions to meet children where they are at, aiming to create a therapeutic relationship within which they can feel safe, secure, valued, and accepted. Helen hopes to support children and their families to enhance their wellbeing, build resilience, and ultimately thrive.

As a Clinical Psychologist Helen also has experience in providing specialist consultancy, support, supervision, and training to those caring for and supporting children who have been fostered, adopted, or who live in residential children’s homes.  Helen’s assessments focus on working collaboratively with children and the network around them to listen to and make sense of their thoughts, feelings, and behaviour in the context of their early and current life experiences.  She focuses on developing a shared and helpful understanding of the impact of these experiences across a range of areas such as the child’s emotional wellbeing, patterns of relating, and daily functioning.

Helen is an integrative practitioner, drawing from a variety of theoretical frameworks to ensure that interventions are individualised and anchored in the needs of children and families.  The core models Helen draws upon are attachment theory and attachment-based interventions such as Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) and Therapeutic Parenting, as well as and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), and ideas from Systemic Therapy.  Therapy with Helen can look different depending on the needs and wishes of young people and their families – from chatting while playing, to more structured and focussed conversations.

Helen is registered with the Health Care Professionals Council (Membership No. PYL33952) and is a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (Membership No. 264245).

  • Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting – Level Two
    4-day workshop, The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2018
  • Dyadic Developmental Practice, Psychotherapy & Parenting – Level One
    4-day workshop, The Centre for Emotional Development, Brighton, 2017
  • Level A in Video Enhanced Reflection on Practice
    Association for Video Interaction Guidance UK, Southampton, 2012
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
    University of Southampton, 2016
  • Batchelor’s Degree in Psychology (BSc)
    University of Leeds, 2002
  • Advanced Workshop: A neurosequential & body based approach to working with developmental trauma
    Family Futures, 6th & 7th April 2020
  • Why wait until adulthood? Using the power of Compassion Focused Therapy with Children, Young People and Families (with Dr Mary Whelford)
    The Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health (ACAMH) 2nd May 2019
  • Harmful Sexual Behaviour Training
    2-day workshop, Sussex Foundation NHS Trust & Hampshire Youth Offending Team, Southampton, 2018
  • Attachment-Based Practice for Health and Social Care Professionals
    2-day workshop, Independent Social Work Matters Ltd., Portsmouth, 2017
  • Safeguarding Children
    The Serendipity Centre Ltd, 2017
  • Changing Children’s Lives Through Conversations That Matter: Practical Skills in Working in an Attachment-Informed Way
    Dan Hughes, Margot Sunderland, Dr Nick Barnes, The Centre for Child Mental Health, London, 2015
  • Mentalisation-Based Family Therapy
    2-day workshop, Solent NHS Trust, Southampton, 2014
  • Systemic Approaches to Trauma and Resilience over the Life Cycle
    1-day workshop, Association for Family Therapy and Systemic Practice, Southampton, 2011
  • Clinical Psychologists Working with Adolescents & Families in Forensic Settings – Perspectives from Working in the Community
    1-day workshop, British Psychological Society – Division of Clinical Psychology Faculty for Children and Young People, London, 2011
  • The Structured Assessment of Violence Risk in Youth (SAVRY)
    1-day workshop, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, 2011
  • Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy – The Treatment of Children with Trauma-Attachment Problems and Their Families
    1-day workshop, Dan Hughes, Psychology Associates, Exeter, 2011
  • CBT Boot Camp: Building Core Clinical Competencies
    2-day workshop, Christine Padesky, Institute of Education, London, 2010