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 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.
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.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Anorexia nervosa
- Attachment disorder
- Avoidant personality disorder
- Binge-eating disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Borderline personality disorder
- Bulimia nervosa
- Career counselling
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Dependent personality disorder
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Health anxiety
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Pregnancy and birth
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
£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
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Supervision & training
Clinical supervision for psychologists and counsellors - I use an integrative approach in my work including CBT, ACT, compassion-focused therapy and schema therapy.View supervision profile