Clinical Psychology Doctoral Training

To become a clinical psychologist in the U.K. you have to complete a doctorate in clinical psychology (DClinPsy). Clinical Psychology is a protected title meaning you can not refer to yourself as a clinical psychologist unless you have successfully completed the training.

Clinical Psychology doctoral (D.Clin.Psy) training comprises several intensive placements in a variety of specialist areas. Training placements include

  • working in child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS)
  • working with children who were looked after and adopted,
  • working with adults with severe and enduring mental health difficulties,
  • working with older adults (often with memory difficulties) and
  • working with individuals with intellectual disabilities (adults and young people)

As a team we have links with Oxford University, Royal Holloway University of London (RHUL), University College London (UCL) and University of East London (UEL) clinical psychology training courses.

Dr Hayley Nixon, Clinical Psychologist


As well as my varied work in private practice, I currently work for the NHS with adults with complex needs, who have experienced interpersonal and relational difficulties, many of whom have been subjected to trauma in their early lives. I have significant previous experience (as the clinical lead in an eating disorder clinic) with adults and young people with eating disorders and related difficulties (for example depression, anxiety, OCD).I have a further postdoctoral diploma in Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and I am a registered CAT practitioner with the Association of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (ACAT).

I provide clinical supervision to other professionals and  deliver training programmes to the Criminal Justice Service.

Dr Helen Wilkinson, Clinical Psychologist

Helen Wilkinson

I have experience working across the age span with a wide variety of difficulties including anxiety, depression, and interpersonal difficulties. I utilise a variety of therapeutic approaches including schema therapy, CBT, and CAT. I believe in tailoring the therapeutic approach to best meet the needs of the client to ensure that therapy is individualised and collaborative.

Alongside my private work I also work within the NHS with adults who are experiencing complex and enduring mental health and interpersonal difficulties. As part of this role I provide individual and group therapy in addition to consultation, teaching/ training and supervision to other multidisciplinary colleagues.




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