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Dr Helen Courtney

Southsea, Hampshire, PO5
01420 540274 01420 540274 Registered / Accredited

About me

I am a Chartered Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Psychological Society. In addition to my independent practice with Hampshire & Surrey Psychology I have worked in a variety of roles within the field of psychology for over 15 years.

I am experienced in treating a wide range of emotional and behavioural difficulties including: psychosis, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders (including OCD and PTSD), depression, self-harm and personality disorders. I am trained to offer a range of evidence based therapies including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy and Mindfulness.

I use CBT to help people to make links between their mood, thoughts and behaviour which can be useful in treating problems such as anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, grief and psychosis.

I am also experienced in the use of DBT which helps people to reduce self-harming behaviours whilst developing emotional coping skills.

Both ACT and Compassion focused therapy aim to reduce suffering by connecting the present moment experience and nurturing acceptance of the self, although the two approaches differ from one another in practice. I also use Mindfulness meditation as a core skill with most of my clients, which is again an acceptance based approach.

Overall, I am experienced in assessing and delivering psychological interventions and work collaboratively to support clients to reduce emotional distress and improve daily functioning.

Training, qualifications & experience

Core training

BA (Hons) Psychology, University of Bedfordshire

MSc Health Psychology, University College London

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol), University of Southampton

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (C.Psychol), British Psychological Society

Registered Practitioner Psychologist, Health Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Further training

Working with Dissociation and Dissociative Identity Disorder (Dr Vivia Cowdrill & Dr Fiona Kennedy, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Southern Branch)

Working with imagery in CBT, across diagnoses (Ann Hackman, British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, Southern Branch)

Cognitive therapy for PTSD (Dr Richard Stott and Dr Rachel Handley)

Post graduate Diploma in Cognitive Therapy for Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems (University of Southampton)

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (Dr Fiona Kennedy & Dr Lorraine Bell)

Supervision skills (Christine Dunkley and Dr Maggie Stanton, Grayrock Stanton Psychological Services)

Helping clients to use mindfulness skills (Christine Dunkley and Dr Maggie Stanton, Grayrock Stanton Psychological Services)

Schema Focused Work (Dr Helen Kennerley, Oxford Cognitive Therapy Centre)

Group Schema Therapy (Dr Joan Farrell & Ida Shaw, approved by the International Society of Schema Therapy)

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (Professor Sue Clark and Dr Helen Bolderston, University of Bournemouth)

Compassion Focused Therapy (Dr Deborah Lee, Berkshire Traumatic Stress Service)


My first position as a qualified Clinical Psychologist was in 2008 within an early intervention in psychosis service. Since then I have been promoted to principal Clinical Psychologist within a community mental health team and was appointed to lead the psychological interventions for psychosis pathway. In addition to my NHS work I now work as part of Hampshire & Surrey Psychology, a group of independent practitioners.

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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.

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Brain injury
Psychosis early intervention

Therapies offered

  • Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioural therapy
  • Cognitive and behavioural therapies
  • Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness

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The initial assessment usually lasts and hour and a half, subsequent sessions around an hour. Hampshire and Surrey Psychology is a private practice but we are also committed to helping people to access the evidence-based psychological therapies recommended by NICE (the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) such as CBT and DBT. So, if you are on a lower income please talk to us as we may be able to offer a discounted fee or spread the cost of therapy for you.

If you are claiming through a private healthcare provider you may need to check whether you need a referral from your GP or a psychiatrist. Normally we would be able to claim the cost of the sessions directly from the provider. We are registered with major insurance providers e.g. BUPA, AXAPPP etc.


Type of session

In person
Home visits

Practical details

Sign language Unspecified
Other languages None


Wheelchair user access

Wheelchair-accessible premises should have step-free access for wheelchair users and individuals who are unable to climb stairs. If a counsellor's premises aren't step-free, they may offer alternative services such as telephone/web-based appointments, home visits, or meeting clients in different location, so you can choose the option that suits you best.

You can contact the counsellor to discuss the options available.

Under the Equality Act 2010 service providers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure that individuals with disabilities can access their service. You can read more about reasonable adjustments to help you to access services on the CAB website.

Wheelchair user access Unspecified


Appointments are available throughout the week including some evening and weekend appointments

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
Dr Helen Courtney

Dr Helen Courtney