Dr Helen Childs, BPS-Chartered & HCPC Clinical Psychologist
I am an experienced Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the HCPC and British Psychological Society. In addition to my independent practice, I have worked in the NHS in a community and inpatient mental health and physical health settings for 18 years.
Perhaps you are experiencing emotional distress or seeking to change some aspect of your personal or working life? You might feel that you are pulled into unhealthy relationship patterns or problematic coping behaviours. You may simply be feeling stuck and want things to be different, without knowing exactly what you wish or need to change.
I provide psychological assessment and therapy based on clinical research evidence of 'what works' and follow treatment recommendations published by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). I offer a confidential and collaborative space to adults and adolescents (16 years +). Sessions can be structured around particular goals you wish to achieve or can provide a reflective space for you to explore how you are feeling at the moment.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, I am offering online video or telephone sessions.
Training, qualifications & experience
BSc (Hons) Psychology, 2001
Doctor of Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy), 2008.
British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Clinical Psychologist
HCPC Practitioner Psychologist
CBT, ACT, Schema Therapy, Compassion-Focused Therapy
I work with a broad range of difficulties including anxiety, depression, trauma, adjusting to loss and life transitions, and with individuals who find it hard to build and maintain healthy relationships. I work also with adjustment to physical ill health and overcoming stress.
I work within a CBT framework but use an integrative approach, drawing upon acceptance and commitment therapy, schema-focused therapy and and cognitive-analytic therapy (CAT) in formulating psychological difficulties. I often incorporate compassion-focused and mindfulness-based cognitive therapy approaches in my work, and this can be particularly helpful for individuals seeking to develop self-confidence and reduce shame or self-criticism. I believe strongly in identifying and building on an individual’s current strengths and resources and will use solution-focused approaches, when appropriate.
More recently, I have trained in Schema therapy, which is helpful for individuals who may have been struggling with difficulties for some time, and have difficult or repeating patterns within relationships.
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
£150 90-minute initial assessment
£95 per 50 minute therapy appointment
I am registered with the major health insurers: BUPA, AXA-PPP, Cigna, WPA, PruHealth, Aviva, Allianz.
I have confidential therapy room within Odiham Health Centre. You do not need to be a patient of the practice to attend sessions. The health centre is easily accessible from Hook, Basingstoke, Fleet, Hartley Wintney and surrounding areas.
I offer a free 15-minute telephone consultation to explore your difficulties. Please do contact me if you wish to discuss whether psychology sessions might be helpful.
Further information is available on my website, www.hartpsychology.co.uk