Helena also has extensive experience working with children on the autistic spectrum. She has worked within CAMHS as part of the diagnostic team, and within a school setting working directly with children who have a received a diagnosis. Helena spent four years working a special school in Surrey – providing psychological intervention work for children with an autism spectrum condition, and training and consultation to their teaching and care staff. She currently splits her time between working at Beacon House and working for an education and mental health outreach service for children with autism spectrum conditions. Whilst not all children on the autism spectrum experience mental health difficulties, a significant number will exhibit symptoms of anxiety and depression in response to coping with the demands of daily living; many of these children can benefit from help with aspects such as emotional literacy and regulation in order to teach them learn to manage those overwhelming emotions and improve their quality of life. Regardless of the child’s presenting difficulties, they can expect therapy sessions to be a safe, non-judgemental experience, which allows the child and his or her family to explore and better understand their needs.
Helena is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (membership number PYL22525) and is chartered with the British Psychological Society (membership number 092555).