BA(Hons)  MClinPsych  PhD  FHEA


Professor of Psychology
Stavanger University Hospital, Stavanger, Norway

Emeritus Professor of Psychology
Leeds Trinity University, Horsforth, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

I am a Clinical Psychologist and Professor of Psychology with over 25 years of experience in providing evidence based psychological therapy for adolescents and adults in Australia and Europe. As a therapist, I have an integrated therapeutic approach of attachment informed interpersonal therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy. Using an attachment framework, I work with clients to explore their early relational experiences to understand and adjust their current relational patterns to improve their sense of self, life satisfaction and wellbeing, and achieve relief from symptoms. I have a strong background in the assessment and treatment of trauma as well as many years of experience in treating a range of mental health difficulties including social anxiety, depression, grief and loss, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Psychosis, Illness Anxiety, Generalised Anxiety Disorder and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. In recent years I have developed my knowledge and skills for the psychological treatment of issues associated with Autism in adulthood and also with transgender and gender diversity. I strongly believe in an empathic, open and engaging therapeutic style as the foundation essential for change to occur in therapy. I continue to feel privileged and humbled by the willingness of clients to share their most personal

experiences with me so that we can work on these together throughout their journey in therapy.

As a Clinical Academic, I have designed and led clinical trials to investigate the evidence of psychological interventions for early intervention for mental health problems in young people. My research collaborations include researchers from Australia, United Kingdom and Europe. I have been a Research Professor with the Early Intervention in Psychosis Program in Stavanger, Norway for the past 10 years. In Australia and England, I have led clinical teams in city and rural areas for child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS), Consultation Liaison Psychiatry, palliative care for children, and early intervention in psychosis (EIP). More recently, I have been the Course Coordinator for the Master of Clinical Psychology program at a Western Australian university. I am a Psychology Board of Australia approved Supervisor for Clinical Psychologists and Clinical Psychologist Registrars.

Helen Stain

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers


  • Recovery from and living with psychosis
    • Working with clients and their families to understand and manage living with psychosis
    • Extensive clinical and research experience working with young people who have experienced early psychosis or are experiencing early signs of psychosis
  • Autism in adulthood
    • For adults and older adults with autism who are experiencing life difficulties such as relationship issues and a lack of life satisfaction
  • Gender diversity
    • For adolescents and adults who may be questioning their sexuality and/or gender
    • For transgender adolescents and adults experiencing life difficulties
  • Relationship struggles across the lifespan