Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Dr Helen Reynolds, Chartered Clinical Psychologist
Contact Number -07743428257
Dr Helen Reynolds is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist, registered with the British Psychological Society and Health & Care Professions Council with over 10 years experience working with children and adults with mental health difficulties.
Over the past 6 years Helen has specialised working with children, young people and their families in both NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health (CAMHS) services and private practice. This has included working with Early Intervention services specialising in mild-moderate difficulties; Specialist CAMHS services working with moderate-severe difficulties; and Learning Disability services working predominantly with children with social communication disorders.
Helen is passionate about enabling change for families. She works respectfully and non-judgmentally, using her role as an observer looking in on a family to identify strengths and challenges. She aims to empower a young person or family to achieve the change they seek through developing understanding and learning new skills.
In addition to psychology-specific work, Helen is a surf instructor for the Wave Project, enabling young people with mental health problems to develop resilience and emotional wellbeing through surfing and beach-based learning programs.
Helen has considerable experience of completing complex assessments. These take into account the child or young person’s developmental history, family context, education experience (including academic, social and emotional experiences) and environmental context. The assessment aims to make sense of the difficulties being experienced, leading to a suggested path forward for intervention.
Whilst Helen does not complete formal structured assessments privately at present, she is competent in completing both neuropsychological assessment (WISC-IV/WIAT-II etc.) and social communication assessments (ADOS; 3DI parent developmental interview). This knowledge enables a more comprehensive assessment of difficulties.
The interventions Helen delivers are guided by the assessment and formulation of difficulties; the goals the child, young person or family have for change; and National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) Guidelines for mental health treatment. Helen is competent in delivering interventions for anxiety (including social anxiety, generalized anxiety, panic disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, specific phobias, health anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder), depression, family and relationship difficulties, psychological difficulties in relation to physical health problems, and parenting difficulties. Helen is skilled in adapting interventions for co-occurring learning or social communication difficulties.
As a Clinical Psychologist, Helen is competent to deliver interventions drawing on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Systemic Family Therapy. In addition training in Psychodynamic theory informs treatment delivery. Helen has also completed further training in Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) for working with young people with emotional dysregulation; Narrative Exposure Therapy for Children for working with young people who have experienced traumatic events; and Solihull Parenting Group Facilitation, working with parents individually and in group contexts exploring challenges of parenting and attachment with their children.
In general Helen uses a combination of individual work with the young person, and joint work with the family or parents. This is because young people do not exist in isolation, and creating change within their context enables greater change overall. In addition Helen will liaise with relevant agencies (including GP and school) as necessary.
Helen uses routine outcome measures to monitor the efficacy of treatment in conjunction with client feedback and goal attainment. Regular reviews enable Helen and the children, young people and families she is working with to ensure that they are working on the appropriate goals and are progressing forward in a direction the families want.
Helen offers an initial 20 minute telephone consultation for free. This can be useful to answer any questions about therapy (including availability) and enable possible hopes for therapy to be discussed.
An initial assessment appointment lasts 90 minutes, charged at £150. A summary letter following the assessment is included within this cost and may be shared with your GP.
Subsequent appointments are 50 minutes, charged at £80.
Please do not hesitate to contact Helen on 07743 428257 or via firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to discuss therapy.