What is Clinical Psychology?

Clinical psychology aims to reduce psychological distress and to enhance and promote psychological well-being. The job of a clinical psychologist is to work collaboratively with individuals or groups, to connect psychological science, theory and evidence to the human experience. Often this work is through psychological therapy, as well as consultation, supervision and training. Most clinical psychologists draw on a number of different evidence-based psychological therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy.

Clinical psychologists are trained to work with a wide range of mental and physical health problems including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, learning difficulties and managing health conditions.

All clinical psychologists have a minimum of six years academic and clinical study (3 years undergraduate and a 3 year Doctorate) as part of their training. The term “clinical psychologist” is a protected title under Health Care and Professions Council, which means that only professionals who have completed the accredited training may use the title.


Dr Helen Fairchild

Dr Helen Fairchild is an experienced Clinical Psychologist who has worked in the NHS and charity sector for over 10 years. She specialises in working with children, adolescents and families, and is trained to help with problems such as depression, low self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, panic, social anxiety, poor sleep, self-harm, anger and behavioural difficulties. Helen has a large amount of experience working with young people on the autism spectrum or with other neurodevelopmental disorders such as ADHD or learning difficulties.

01454 228925

Dr Louise Tarrant

I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist who provides specialist psychological assessments and therapy for adolescents and adults who have distressing mental or physical health symptoms. I have additional specific expertise in working with adolescents and adults who are struggling with Chronic Pain.

07384 574886
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Dr Carole Francis-Smith

Dr Carole Francis-Smith is an experienced Counselling Psychologist who has worked in the NHS, charity, and private sectors. She offers tailored therapy support across the age groups from 14 years upwards and is trained in a variety of different therapeutic techniques/approaches such as; Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Person-Centred, Psychodynamic and Compassion Focused Therapy.

07480 022 230