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Helen Pickering - Embrace Psychological ServicesDr Helen Pickering is a clinical psychologist professionally qualified since 2001, working in the NHS in the fields of adult mental health, physical disability/neuro-rehabilitation and forensics since 1995. Helen completed ACAT North’s Cognitive Analytic Therapy practitioner training in 2007. She established Embrace Psychological Services in 2012 in order to offer high quality therapy to people who wish to seek therapy privately.

Helen abides by the professional codes of conduct and ethics of BPS, HCPC and ACAT. She attends regular clinical supervision sessions in order to maintain the quality of the therapy offered and keeps up to date with advances in clinical psychology and psychotherapy by attending relevant Continued Professional Development Events.

• BSc Honours in Psychology, Brunel University, Middlesex - 1995.

• D.Clin.Psych (Doctorate in Clinical Psychology), Oxford - 2001.

• Chartered Psychologist (British Psychological Society) (C.Psychol)

• Registered Clinical Psychologist (Health and Care Professions Council)

• Cognitive Analytic Therapy Practitioner, ACAT North – 2005/7.

• EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing) Level 1, EMDR Inst Inc, Manchester 2007/8.

Recognised member of the BPS Register of Applied Psychology Practice Supervisors (RAPPS).

Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS).

1992: Auxillary Nurse, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital, Pendlebury.

1993: Student Psychologist, HMYOI Feltham, Middlesex.

1994: Student Psychologist, HMP Risley, Warrington.

1995: Research Assistant, Psychological Services, Kent.

1995-97: Assistant Psychologist, Three Bridges Regional Secure Unit,
West London Healthcare NHS Trust

1997-98: Assistant Psychologist, Rayners Hedge Physical Disability and Rehabilitation Service,
Aylesbury Vale Healthcare NHS Trust.

1998-2001: Trainee Clinical Psychologist, Oxfordshire Mental Healthcare NHS Trust.

2002: Clinical Psychologist (0.5wte), Chronic Pain and Neuro-rehabilitation services,
Aylesbury Vale Primary Care Trust.

2002–2004: Clinical Psychologist (0.5-1.0wte), Amersham Adult Mental Health,
Buckinghamshire Mental Health Trust.

2004-2011: Principal Clinical Psychologist, Warrington,
5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust.

2009-2012: Member of Clinical Leadership Team/Clinical Advisor,
Warrington Primary Care Trust.

2011 to 2014: Principal Clinical Psychologist, Warrington Primary Care Psychological Services,
Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

2012 to date: Owner, Embrace Psychological Services, Hartford, Cheshire.

• Doctoral thesis: Partners in pain – investigating the relationship between illness perceptions, psychosocial adjustment and coping in chronic pain partners.

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