Helen Ritzema



Dr Helen Ritzema is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist who qualified from the Anna Freud Centre in 2007.

She currently works in private practice as well as holding an Honorary Contract at Great Ormond Street Children’s hospital. Until July 2019 she was a lead member within the Parenting and Child Team in the Department of Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital. The Parenting and Child Team specialise in assessing and treating children and young people who present with difficulties related to complex trauma and/or attachment problems. 

Helen’s work in the NHS and in her private practice has led her to develop expertise in offering short and long-term treatment for depression, anxiety, acute and complex trauma as well as for attachment issues. She also has over 10 years of experience of assessing children, young people and families and writing expert witness reports for the Family Law Courts. 

She completed an MSc in Psychoanalytic Developmental Psychology and a Clinical Doctorate in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Anna Freud Centre and University College London. Prior to undertaking this training she completed a Degree in Psychology and trained as a Paediatric Nurse, working for several years within Guys and St Thomas NHS Trust.

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