Dr Helena Tucker

Clinical Psychologist

I am a Clinical Psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC). I have over 14 years of experience working in the NHS, private sector and independent practice with adults, adolescents and children.

I offer a compassionate and supportive space to work towards goals of effectively handling difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences. I support clients to gain deeper insight of what is most important and meaningful to them, which in turn provides a direction and motivation to make significant changes, fostering personal growth and well-being, and creating a rich and vital life. I am committed to creating a therapeutic space that is collaborative and non-judgmental and draw on a number of evidence-based models to best suit the needs of each client.

I work internationally and alongside my independent practice, I am a Psycho-Social Expert for the International Criminal Court working with adults and children with a history of significant trauma.

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My Experience

I have worked with clients of all ages with a range of emotional, mental health and behavioural difficulties in settings including NHS primary and secondary mental health services for adults as well as working with children, young people and their families in NHS CAMHS Tier 3 and 4 services (community and inpatient). I have also worked in a Learning Disabilities and Asperger Syndrome Service.

I spent 4 years working in adult and children services in Uganda, Ethiopia and Rwanda including an appointment as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Addis Ababa University and a Consultant for the Rwanda Allied Health Professions Council.

I have extensive clinical experience working across diverse cultures and ethnicities using a culturally sensitive approach.

QUALIFICATIONS

  • Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (D.Clin.Psychol.) at the University of Liverpool
  • Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Clinical Psychology at the University of Manchester
  • First Class Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) in Applied Psychology at Liverpool John Moore’s University
  • Menstruality Leadership Programme, The Red School UK, 2020
  • Becoming Safely Embodied, Compassion Focused Therapy. University of Derby, 2018
  • Skills Development in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, University of Birmingham, 2018
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Bangor University, 2015
  • Transference-Focused Psychotherapy, University of Manchester, 2015

AFFILIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • HCPC – The Health and Care Professions Council: PYL33918

 

WHO I WORK WITH

I work with adults, adolescents and children experiencing difficulties including low mood and depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Generalised Anxiety Disorder, social anxiety, phobias and specific fears, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), history of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), body dysmorphia, physical health difficulties and behavioural difficulties.

I provide support in a variety of areas including management of stress, interpersonal and relationship difficulties, self-esteem, identity and sexuality, and bereavement. I enjoy working with clients who are going through a period of major adjustment or a transitional phase in their lives.

I have a keen interest in working with girls and young women in the areas of physical and mental health and menstrual cycle related difficulties including PMS, PMDD etc.; and using menstrual cycle awareness for psychological well-being, creativity and personal growth. I also provide support in the area of behavioural problems and other difficulties associated with LD and ASD.

THERAPEUTIC APPROACHES

Building on the profound impact of human connection, deep understanding and compassion in the therapeutic relationship, I draw on a number of evidence-based models to best suit the needs of each client. These include:

• Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
• Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT)
• Mindfulness
• Systemic and Narrative Therapy
• Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT)
• Cognitive analytic informed therapy
• Psychodynamic informed therapy

AVAILABILITY

I currently offer online therapy sessions on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. For up to date availability please contact the team.

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