Dr Helen Wessels
Chartered Psychologist and Psychotherapist
PhD, B.S.c, MSc, CPsychol
Dr Helen Wessels is a chartered psychologist and psychotherapist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies (BABCP). She is a state-licensed psychotherapist and registered as a medical practitioner with the Federal Association of National Health Physicians in Germany.
Helen is passionate about enabling people to gain insight and awareness into their thoughts, feelings and behaviour. In her therapeutic work, she focuses on providing a safe, warm and validating environment, while emphasising a structured, collaborative and evidence-based approach. She aims to come to a shared understanding of the origin and perpetuation of one’s difficulties, followed by emotional processing and the development of healthy coping strategies.
At the core of her work lies the therapeutic relationship, which allows for a corrective interpersonal experience due to its non-judgmental, gentle, and containing nature. Helen uses an integrative approach in therapy, tailored to her clients´ needs. She combines Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and third wave CBT such as Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) with elements of Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT), and Trauma Therapy.
Helen offers comprehensive expertise in clinical psychology and psychotherapy, supported by 13 years of university education, clinical research, and post-graduate qualifications. She obtained a doctorate in the field of early psychological intervention in schizophrenia, and she holds a Bachelor's and Master's degree in Psychology (German title: Diplom-Psychologin). Additionally, she completed a post-graduate degree in CBT, comprising of three years of full-time training, and received additional training in Schema Therapy and EFT in Germany, Shanghai, and Toronto.
Helen has over 9 years of work experience in the clinical field of mental health. She worked in both a hospital setting and private practice, providing single and group psychotherapy to in and out-patients aged 18 and above.
As a psychologist and psychotherapist, she is experienced in treating a wide spectrum of mental conditions including but not limited to depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, personality disorders, (complex) posttraumatic stress disorder, schizophrenia, eating disorders, and occupational burnout.
Having previously practiced in Germany and Shanghai, she is acquainted with cross-cultural adjustments and challenges from clients of various nationalities and cultural backgrounds.
In addition to her therapeutic work, she has published in medical journals, including Early Intervention in Psychiatry, European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, and the German psychiatric journal Psychiatrische Praxis, and has taught clinical practice for a family medicine fellowship program in Shanghai.
Helen offers individual therapy for adults in English and German.