Dr Helen Childs

 BSc (Hons) Psychology, DClinPsy

 Chartered Clinical Psychologist

CBT, ACT, EMDR, Schema

Registration and Professional Membership

HCPC Practitioner Psychologist

BPS Chartered Clinical Psychologist

Relevant Training

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, 8 week course, Russ Harris, 2017

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Mastering ACT, Advanced workshop with Robyn Walser, March 2018

Eye-Movement Desensitisation & Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR), Level 1, February 2014. Europe Accredited Training. EMDR Workshops.

Schema Therapy, The Model, Methods & Techniques & Working with Complex Presentations, Schema Therapy Workshops, June 2018

Compassion-Focused Therapy Training: 3 day workshop with Professor Paul Gilbert, University of Derby, 2010.

CBT for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Assessment and treatment, Charlie Waller Institute, Reading, 2015

Cognitive Analytic Therapy, 1 day workshop, Berkshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, 2017

Cognitive-Analytic Therapy: Using CAT in team consultancy, (2 days), ACAT, Manchester, 2010.

Cognitive-Analytic Therapy Training (2 day course) ACAT, Manchester, 2008.

Clinical Supervision Training, (BPS-accredited programme), University of Sheffield, 2011.

Clinical Experience

I have 16 years of experience in the NHS working in a range of mental health settings including adult community, physical health and inpatient settings. I have specialist training in chronic pain, neuropsychology and physical health as part of my DClinPsy which has enabled me to develop a holistic view psychological distress.  I currently work part-time as a Principal Clinical Psychologist for Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust with adults requiring specialist assessment and formulation for primary or secondary care mental health services.

I have skills and experience in working with the following areas of adult and adolescent (16+)mental health:

  • Mood difficulties including depression and emotional instability.
  • Anxiety disorders including phobias, panic disorder, agoraphobia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
  • Trauma including Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and complex trauma relating to early abuse or loss.
  • Self-harming behaviours and addictions*
  • Coping with adjustment to loss or life changes, .e.g. bereavement, divorce, moves, parenthood.
  • Eating difficulties such as anorexia/bulimia and binge eating disorder, and associated body-image difficulties*
  • Relationship difficulties including problems in building and sustaining fulfilling relationships.
  • Physical health difficulties including chronic pain, loss of functioning or deteriorating health.
  • Loss of direction, feeling unclear about what you want from life, or feeling deeply dissatisfied.

*Please note that I will work with these difficulties depending on current levels of risk and health needs. I will discuss with you whether you might require additional or alternative supports.

My therapy approaches:

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 have completed training in Eye-Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) which has a strong evidence base for trauma-related difficulties. 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.

What will a session be like?

After initial contact with the Hampshire and Surrey Psychology service, it is helpful to have a brief telephone conversation before meeting in person. Please feel free to contact me if you wish to have an informal discussion or ask specific questions before deciding whether to book an initial appointment. At this first meeting, we can discuss your current difficulties and how psychology sessions might be able to help. Psychological assessment and joint formulation of difficulties will help identify specific approaches and guide a treatment plan. I am able to provide either short or longer-term therapy input depending on your specific needs.

Clinic Location

I work at Odiham Health Centre on Tuesdays and Saturdays.