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Dr Helen McLay

Clinical Psychologist
BSc (Hons) DClinPsy
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What I can help with

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder
  • Panic
  • Social Anxiety
  • Specific Phobia
  • Sleep
  • Health Anxiety
  • Trauma/PTSD
  • Trauma
  • Bipolar
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • Psychosis
  • Eating disorders
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Perfectionism
  • Identity Dysphoria
  • Addiction
  • Anxiety
  • Happiness
  • Personality disorders
  • Relationships
  • Sexual Health
  • ADHD
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Anger
  • Acute Health Conditions
  • Long term health conditions
  • Medically Unexplained Symptoms
  • Mindfulness and Stress
  • Women's Health
  • Perinatal mental health
  • Parenting
  • Grief and Bereavement

Therapies offered

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Anxiety Disorders and Depression
  • Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing
  • Mindfulness Stress Reduction
  • Psychodynamic/Psychoanalytic Therapy
  • Psychosexual Therapy
  • Integrated Psychological Therapy
  • Compassion Focused Therapy
  • Person Centred Therapy
  • Cognitive Analytical Therapy
  • Systemic Therapy
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Couples Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy
  • Mentalisation Based Therapy
  • Schema Therapy
  • Social Recovery Therapy


I am holistic, collaborative and person centred in my approach, drawing from a range of theories and treatment models to offer bespoke clinical interventions in line with a client’s identified treatment goals. I adapt and tailor my approach to best meet the clients needs, promoting growth, development and choice, fostering resilience and increased capacity to cope and thrive independently without restriction.


I qualified in 2007, completing my Doctorate at Newcastle University and have gone on to develop a range of specialist experiences, mainly working with adults presenting with various difficulties in NHS settings. Prior to this I was working clinically in London, including the Maudsley and Guy’s Hospital and as such have a wealth of diverse and creative experiences working with people from varied backgrounds. I have specific interest and expertise working with eating disorders of varying complexity, up to severe. I am also particularly skilled in treating perfectionism, addiction, relationship issues, narcissistic abuse, self-sabotage and emotional regulation difficulties. My work is trauma informed. I have additional specialist trainings to include mindfulness based cognitive therapy (MBCT), EMDR, compassion focused therapy and group therapy. I have attended and continue to attend a range of CPD events to include ACT, compassion focused work with anger, EMDR for addiction, attachment based EMDR and various specialist eating disorder and trauma treatment approaches.

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Whatever you'd like to achieve through therapy, the friendly and caring team at HelloSelf are here and ready to help. Therapy starts from £110 a session and we work with all health insurance companies.


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