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Helen Chinn

Helen Chinn

I qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1997 and have twenty-five years experience working for the NHS in both physical and mental health settings. I’m trained in a wide range of approaches for mental health conditions including anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and psychosis.

In 2022 I left my post in community mental health to set up in independent practice so that I could specialise in the areas of trauma and neurodiversity. Currently, I’m studying for a postgraduate qualification in sensory integration to enable me to incorporate sensory strategies and Ayres Sensory Integration® into my core Occupational Therapy practice.

I’m a qualified Mindfulness teacher and find mindfulness very helpful both professionally and personally. I trained with Mindfulness Scotland, and I undertake regular training and supervision for my mindfulness teaching.

Experiences of early adversity, trauma, neurodiversity, and adoptive parenting in the context of my own life have given me a depth of understanding as well as a passion and commitment to helping others.

I am based in rural Scotland where I have lived for over twenty years. In my free time I enjoy being in nature – walking, wild swimming, and spending time in woodland settings. This supports my health and wellbeing, and I am always happy to incorporate a connection with nature and the landscape into my therapeutic work.

My work draws on these different aspects of training and experience to provide a personalised, holistic service that aims to best meet your identified needs and goals.

I am a member of the Royal College of Occupational Therapists and registered with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – OT28343.

“The art of peaceful living comes down to living compassionately and wisely” –Lokos, A