Helena qualified as a Clinical Psychologist in 2005, and since then has worked in a number of Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) in the Midlands and South of England, including the States of Jersey. She was the lead for the health visitors and school nurses’ consultation service in Solihull CAMHS, and has taught the Solihull Approach (an integrative psychological model incorporating child development theory, psychoanalytic concepts and behaviour management) to health, social care and educational professionals around the UK. Her doctoral thesis and subsequent publication was in the field of early child intervention, and this focus has influenced her current clinical practice. Helena has worked with children with a variety of presentations, including anxiety, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, trauma and depression, and finds that an understanding of the child’s early developmental history is often important component of their personal journey.

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).

  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) Foundation Training Parts 1-4
    Sian Morgan and Joanne Morris-Smith, September 2019- September 2020
  • EMDR with Children and Adolescents Level 1
    Sian Morgan and Joanne Morris-Smith, November 2019
  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsych)
    Universities of Coventry and Warwick (2002-2005)
  • BSc (hons) in Psychology
    University of Leicester (1992-1995)
  • DDP Level 1
    DDPI, 28 hours, 4th May to 12th May 2021
  • The Power of the Senses; Re-building sensory systems and supporting regulation in children impacted by early trauma
    Beacon House Online Training, 6 hours, May 2021
  • Using EMDR with clients on the autism spectrum
    EMDR Association, November 2020
  • Beacon House Developmental Trauma Training for Professionals
    Beacon House online training, July 2020
  • The Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment across the Lifespan
    Dr Ben Grey, Dept of Attachment Studies, University of Roehampton, one day, May 2019
  • Safeguarding Adults, children & YA
    Priory Academy, 2019
  • Working with people with autism who present with eating disorders and working with ARFID (Avoidant Restrictive Feeding Intake Disorder)
    2 day workshop in March 2019
  • Treatment of neuro-developmental disorders (ASD and ADHD) through a behaviour modification approach to CBT
    1 day workshop in October 2017
  • British Psychological Society, 1 day workshop, October 2017
    Treatment of neuro-developmental disorders (ASD and ADHD) through a behaviour modification approach to CBT
  • Understanding trauma
    Solihull Approach, 1 day workshop, May 2017
  • Tackling anxiety in autism
    City University London, 1 day course, April 2017
  • Maunders, H., Giles, D., & Douglas, H. (2007). Mothers’ perceptions of community health professional support.
    Community Practitioner, 80 (4), 24-29.