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Helen Beckwith

BSc(Hons) MSc DClinPsy PhD PGCert

Research Clinical Psychologist

I am an HCPC Registered Clinical Psychologist affiliated with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust

I completed a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (DClinPsy) at Newcastle University, a PhD at the University of Cambridge and a Postgraduate Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapies for Psychosis at Kings College London.

I have over twelve years’ experience working clinically in the NHS, where I specialise in delivering evidence-based treatments for adults with psychosis; specifically, cognitive behavioural therapies, family interventions and EMDR.

My research background is varied and currently focused on improving the effectiveness and accessibility of psychological interventions, especially for people who experience distressing delusions and hallucinations. I am particularly interested in transdiagnostic mechanisms and approaches.

Within the O-CAP team I focus on implementation of new psychological treatments in clinical practice. We are currently evaluating how well the gameChange intervention and Feeling Safe Programme work in NHS services for psychosis. I also support several development studies testing new virtual reality experiences for use in healthcare, local delivery of the RAPID trial, and work as a therapist on the Phoenix trial. I offer a variety of new and existing psychological treatments in my clinical role within Oxford's Early Intervention for Psychosis Service.

In addition, I collaborate with the Newcastle Uncertainty Treatment Development team to better understand and treat uncertainty distress as a causal and maintenance factor for transdiagnostic anxiety. I also continue to work with the international community of researchers examining attachment theory and early childhood development.

Finally, I contribute to teaching on the Undergraduate course for Experimental Psychology and the pre-clinical course for Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry.