Dr Helene Laurent-Oliver is a clinical psychologist working with the BISP Counselling and Learning Support teams. Helene specialises in child and adolescent mental health, family dynamics, managing major transitions and positive psychology.
Helene completed her master’s at Oxford University and earned her doctorate from Royal Holloway University of London. Her research interests are in psychological wellbeing and more specifically how to set goals which enhance personal meaning and flourishing.
With over 12 years of experience, Helene has treated a number of young people suffering from anxiety, stress, panic and obsessive-compulsive disorders. She has completed specialist training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy for depression. Helene has also worked with parents to support children with behavioural or neuropsychological difficulties.
We took some time to ask Helene a few questions and get to know her better.
What is your role as a clinical psychologist and how do you anticipate BISP students and parents will connect with you?
I am qualified to conduct a range of specialist assessments. I also help parents and staff to understand the way children behave, especially if there are barriers to learning or social adjustment. The school may occasionally recommend that parents seek a private assessment to guide the educational provision for a child. There are a number of external specialists who can do this. However, for ADHD and cognitive assessments, I can complete a significant part of the process in school time and complete the report for a reduced cost. For more information contact the counselling or Learning Support (LS) team: David Walker (Secondary LS); Clare Bolzon (Primary LS) or Amber Godfrey (Counselling Coordinator)
What do you enjoy most about working in education?
I love working with young people and getting to know their fresh perspectives on themselves, their peers and life in general. I am passionate about early intervention for mental health, so I believe that the school setting is the best place to support students before problems become too entrenched.
What attracted you to BISP?
I was first drawn to the amazing grounds and facilities of the school. Staff are friendly and welcoming to students and their families and there is a real sense of community.
What’s a professional skill, or area of interest, that you’re keen on developing at BISP?
I would like to share my psychoeducation videos with the school community and also host some mental health workshops to further support wellbeing here at BISP
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I love the aerial circus facilities and the MACA team.
What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I am generally a very positive and hopeful person, this is very useful when dealing with students and families going through challenging times. Living in Phuket is really wonderful, however, there are times when one needs to get creative in order to get the right support. I am skilled at seeking out the right people to help families and also in being flexible to make sure families are well-supported.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Being unique is cool. If you take advice from someone make sure it’s someone that you respect and want to emulate.