CHATS (Community Health and Training Services) is run and directed by Dr Helena Schlindwein Ph.D to offer CBT training, NLP training andother CPD training. You can be assured that the services we offer are designed for your benefit.  All associated therapists at CHATS are trained to a high level and continue to train within their fields of expertise.

 Dr Helena Schlindwein

Dr Helena Schlindwein

Introduction to CHATS and its director

Dr Helena Schlindwein Ph.D has been the owner and managing director of Community Health and Training Services (CHATS) since 2005. The goal of the company is to provide psychotherapy and complementary services to clients, and educational access and opportunity to mature students who are seeking a training opportunity in the field of psychotherapy and coaching.

CHATS wants to provide high standards and give students a thorough knowledge of different models of psychotherapeutic practice, set against the appropriate theoretical background. CHATS also offers training to NGO’s and community organisations wishing to capacity build within their organisations.


Author and Practitioner

Dr Helena is author of Community Healing: Community Development Approaches to Political Trauma in Northern Ireland (2002). Her most recent publication is Zoela's Stories, a collection of children's stories aimed at building a resourceful space within a child to enable him or her to heal childhood traumas.

Dr Helena is an experienced teacher and taught at the University of Ulster for 18 years. She has been a Community Development Practitioner for over 30 years and founder of 27 voluntary sector organisations in Derry City.

She is also a Psychotherapist and Clinical Hypnotherapist, a Yoga teacher, Bach Flower Remedy Practitioner and a NLP Practitioner, Coach and Trainer (INLPTA).


Dr Helena has worked as a teacher and psychotherapist within the NHS and voluntary and private sectors. She has a Ph.D, (Philosophy) M.Ed ( Specialising in the Teaching of Adults), B.Sc Honours Degree in Social Anthropology, Sociology and Psychology,  and a range of Post Graduate Diplomas and Certificates in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Psychotherapy, Hypnotherapy, Counselling and Supervision. Helena is also an experienced social science researcher, at both university and private practice levels.

Dr Helena is an INLPTA registered trainer, a member of The Yoga Fellowship of Northern Ireland, CCC Registered Counsellor and is a Fellow of the National Council of Psychotherapists (FNCP), an advisor to NCP and a patron of ARCHT. She is also a registered Trainer with the Chartered Institute of Environmental Health (CIEH). 

Dr Helena practises according to the INLPTA and NCP Code of Ethics.