Clinical Psychology For Adults
Dr. Helen Sessions
Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Accredited Cognitive Analytic (CAT) Therapist
Accredited Cognitive Behaviour (CBT) Therapist
C. Psychol., Clin. Psy. D., M.Sc., B.Sc. (Hons.)
I offer a range of psychological therapies, based on Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and Cognitive Analytical Therapy (CAT), drawing on ideas and strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) and mindfulness. All interventions are collaboratively tailored to your needs, based on presenting problems and individual goals.
The therapeutic relationship is the foundation of successful therapy and I work hard to create a safe, nurturing and supportive environment for you to talk about difficult thoughts and feelings and to move forward. We will work together to decide on the best approach for you based on your difficulties and goals, and will agree on how many sessions to meet for (usually six to 24, depending on the duration and complexity / severity).
I am able to treat a wide range of presentations, including (but not limited to):
Anxiety disorders, including health anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, panic, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD);
Mood disorders, including depression / low mood, mood swings, bipolar affective disorder (manic depression), post-natal depression;
Eating problems, including over- or under-eating;
Trauma, including single-event traumas (e.g. a car crash) or multiple traumas (e.g. childhood abuse);
Interpersonal issues, such as difficulties forming or maintaining relationships.
In rare circumstances, I may feel that CBT / CAT is not the right approach, or that another service would be better equipped to support you (e.g. an NHS service, if there are risks from self-harm, abuse or suicidal thoughts). I am happy to ‘signpost’ to other services if this is appropriate.
Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (2005), University of East Anglia, Norwich
Master’s degree in Research Methods in Psychology (2000), University of Reading
Bachelor’s degree in Psychology (1999), University of Leicester.
Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner Training (2016 – 2018), South London and Maudsley NHS Trust
Cognitive Analytic Therapy Skills Training (2015), Southern Health NHS Trust
I have worked in the NHS since 2000 with a wide range of clients of different ages with learning difficulties and / or mental health problems. I continue to work part-time as lead clinician for the psychological therapies service in an adult mental health team. I provide specialist psychological support for adults with severe, long-term difficulties and offer support, consultation, supervision and training to other clinicians. I have worked in private practice since 2011.
I am a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and adhere to their policies, including their Code of Practice;
I am registered as a Practitioner Psychologist with the Health and Care Professions Council;
I am an accredited Cognitive Behaviour Therapist with the British Association of Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapist (BABCP).
These are regulatory bodies and I adhere to their policies regarding continuing professional development and regular supervision.
I am ICO registered and DBS checked.
I am registered with a number of health insurance companies, including AXA PPP.