I am a highly qualified and experienced clinician. I have been working in NHS Adult Mental Health for over 30 years, the last 25 of these as a Clinical Psychologist. Clinical Psychology is a three-year post-graduate training that takes place after completion of a psychology degree and often, other relevant courses. My training was integrative, meaning that it incorporates a number of psychological perspectives. In my case these perspectives were primarily Psychodynamic, Systemic and Cognitive Behavioural. Integrative therapy is based on the assumption that no one therapy suits everybody. People may need different approaches depending on their presenting problem, their aims for therapy and how ready they are to change. These issues can begin to be addressed in the Formulation (see below).
During my time with the NHS I have gained extensive experience of a wide range of psychological problems. This includes working in Psychiatric Inpatient Wards and Community Mental Health Teams, and overseas in India and Bosnia. More recently, I undertook training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy and subsequently Interpersonal Group Psychotherapy. I am also an experienced supervisor for trainee and qualified clinical psychologists and IPT therapists. I have recently left the NHS to concentrate on developing my private practice at The Barn in Lewes.
How Can I Help?
People come to see me for a for a range of psychological and emotional problems including the following:
- Depression and anxiety
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
- Anorexia and Bulimia
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Managing difficult emotions
- Low self-esteem
- Loss of meaning
- Severe and Enduring Mental Health Problems
Some of these problems have been well-researched and this has resulted in the development of particular clinical methods that are known to be helpful. I may use these if appropriate. At the same time this is not true of all cases and in these instances, I will take a wider view that may include spending time exploring the past. There are also those who seek help for recent stressful life-events. In these cases, it may only take a few sessions to resolve the problem and move on. Not everybody who seeks help needs long-term therapy.
Whatever the issues, I aim to provide a warm, empathic environment in which I will encourage you to collaborate with me to think about the most helpful way for us to work together. This usually involves putting together a ‘Formulation’ to help you make sense of your difficulties.
Most clients I work with receive a written formulation. A formulation attempts to describe your problem in terms of how the problem(s) arose and what may be currently holding these problem(s) in place. It combines these descriptions into ‘working hypotheses’, which indicate appropriate ways of working to relieve the problems. The formulation is usually read out and discussed in the session, and then given to you to take home. People find it useful to receive such a document, because they feel that the therapist has ‘heard’ them, and helped them begin to make sense of their problems. Sometimes, as therapy progresses, new understandings develop and it may be necessary to incorporate these into a revised formulation (‘re-formulation’).
I am a highly experienced supervisor, trained to supervise both training and qualified clinical psychologists and IPT therapists. I also provide supervision to counselling psychologists and trainee counselling psychologists, counsellors and trainee counsellors, and other practitioners in mental health. In supervision I offer a supportive and reflective space for you to explore issues from your practice. This may include thinking about the therapy relationship, developing a greater understanding of clients’ problems, your needs as a developing therapist, and any ethical issues that may arise.
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- Training in Group Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Centre, University of Sussex
- Training in Interpersonal Therapy Supervision Interpersonal Psychotherapy Centre, University of Sussex
- Training in Interpersonal Psychotherapy, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Centre, University of Sussex
- Cognitive Based Mindfulness Therapy, Centre for Mindfulness Based Education, Brighton
- Course in Group Analysis, Institute of Group Analysis, University of Sussex
- MSc Clinical Psychology, University of East London
- Post-grad diploma in Counselling Psychology University of Brighton
- BA Hons Developmental Psychology, University of Sussex
- Training for Interpersonal Psychotherapy supervision, Interpersonal Psychotherapy Centre, University of Sussex
- Training for Clinical Psychology Supervision, University College London
- Training for Clinical Psychology Supervision, University of Surrey
Jane is available at our Lewes Practice.
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