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Help with mental health

Rapid access to in-house psychological therapies and a children’s service is also available upon request.

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What is clinical psychology?

A Clinical Psychologist is a specialist trained to doctoral level and with training within different academic and clinical specialisms.  They will use a variety of approaches to apply psychological theory and research in order to increase wellbeing or decrease distress.

The intervention is tailored to each client by drawing upon a range of psychological theories and therapeutic approaches depending on the individual need. The result of this formulation-led approach is an integrative intervention tailored to each client and his or her unique difficulties.

Our clinical psychologists provide therapy for adults in areas such as:

Prof. Helen J Stain BA(Hons) MClinPsych PhD FHEA Consultant Clinical Psychologist

As a Clinical Academic, Helen has designed and led clinical trials to investigate the evidence of psychological interventions for early intervention for mental health problems in young people. Her research collaborations include researchers from the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia. She has been a Research Professor with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Program in Stavanger, Norway for the past 10 years. In Australia and England, she has led clinical teams in city and rural areas for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, palliative care for children, and early intervention in psychosis (EIP). More recently, she has been the Course Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Psychology program at a Western Australian university. She is a Psychology Board of Australia approved Supervisor for Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Psychologist Registrars.

Clinical Psychologist

Professor Helen J Stain BA(Hons) MClinPsych PhD FHEA

Helen is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology with over 25 years of experience in providing evidence based psychological therapy for adolescents and adults in the United Kingdom, Europe and Australia.

As a therapist, Helen has an integrated therapeutic approach of attachment informed interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). This allows her to offer short or long term therapy depending on the needs of the client. Using an attachment framework, her work with clients to explore their early relational experiences to understand and adjust their current relational patterns to improve their sense of self, life satisfaction and wellbeing, and to achieve relief from symptoms. Her CBT training includes specialist training in Trauma Focussed CBT and CBT for psychosis.

She has a strong background in the assessment and treatment of trauma as well as many years of experience in treating a range of mental health difficulties including social anxiety, depression, grief and loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis, Illness Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In recent years she has developed her knowledge and skills for the psychological treatment of issues associated with Autism in adulthood and also with transgender and gender diversity. She strongly believes in an empathic, open and engaging therapeutic style as the foundation essential for change to occur in therapy. She continues to feel privileged and humbled by the willingness of clients to share their most personal experiences with her so that they can work on these together throughout their journey in therapy. She enjoys providing therapy and observing the growth and strength of clients as they master the challenges of life.

How to arrange an appointment

We have three different ways for you to access the service and we are happy to discuss this with you to ensure the correct route is taken for you and your individual concerns.

  1. NHS GP Referral – we are happy to accept a referral letter from your own NHS GP. This needs to include a brief description about your current problems and we can direct this to our team.
  2. Private GP Referral – you can also discuss your concerns with one of our private GPs, we are happy to arrange this for you. They can then complete an internal referral to one of the clinical psychologists for you.
  3. Self Refer – If you are happy to tell our reception team about your current concerns it may be appropriate for you to access the service without a GP referral.