Dr Helen Frain

Clinical Psychologist

Dr Helen Frain Clinical Psychologist

I qualified with a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Leicester University and have since specialised in working with adults with intellectual disabilities and their carers. This means I have become highly skilled in ensuring that people understand what we are doing when we are working psychologically, and helping them break the steps down into ones they can manage.

Since qualifying as a Clinical Psychologist, I have also trained and qualified as a practitioner in Cognitive Analytic Therapy or CAT for short. In CAT we look at how our understanding of the world, ourselves and others is shaped by the relationships we experience. We come to expect that we should behaviour in a certain way or that others will treat us in a particular way, and this sets up sometimes unhelpful patterns that we find hard to break out of. Through CAT we identify how these developed, what keeps them going in your day to day life and how to ‘exit’ from them.

I work from a psychological understanding of an individual’s issues and how they affect them. I have extensive experience working with people with anxiety and mood issues, attachments issues and problems arising due to trauma and neglect in childhood. As a Clinical Psychologist I have had experience and training in lots of other approaches including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and EMDR (eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing).


Training and Qualifications:

BSc (Hons) Psychology

Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy)

Post Graduate Diploma (PGDip) in Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Accreditation to Professional Bodies:

Chartered Clinical Psychologist (CPsychol) within the Clinical Psychology Division of the British Psychological Society (BPS)

Registered with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy

Registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

Areas of special interest:

Intellectual Disabilities

Autistic Spectrum Disorder

Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT)

Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)