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).