Dr Jessica Eade

I'm a Chartered Clinical Psychologist trained to doctoral level and statutorily regulated by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC reg. PYL 04819).This level of regulation is unique to clinical psychologists and ensures a standard of professionalism and training that you can have confidence in.

I first studied Psychology at Bangor University in 1994. After graduating I continued my studies in cognition and emotion, obtaining a PhD in 2001. I had the most inspiring supervisors and loved working in research, but I also wanted to help people directly so I applied for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Bangor University. Since qualifying in 2007, I have worked in my own private practice and in the NHS. I was independently assessed and achieved Consultant grade in my NHS role. I have worked extensively with adults with mental health problems and people experiencing persistent physical symptoms. I have an interest in self-criticism and the development of the punitive supper ego (you may be familiar with your own inner critic?).

My work is informed by my research background and cognitive-behavioural approaches. I am trained in Compassion Focused Therapy; Mindfulness for Stress Reduction; and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also use techniques from Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP); I am currently undertaking the three-year core training with Dr Sharon Lewis (ISTDP London). Although clinical psychologists do use specific therapies, at the core of our training is the application of psychological theory to practice – this means we can move beyond purely generic approaches to meet the unique needs of each client.

I have also undertaken extensive training with the Online Institute of Therapy to deliver therapy online because the process of interaction is different online to working in the same physical space. There are limitations of online therapy, specifically the amount of non-verbal communication is reduced and technical glitches do occur! However, there is good evidence to support the effectiveness of online working and it can provide access for those who might not otherwise be able to attend a physical session.

As a Clinical Psychologist I receive regular supervision to improve my practice and to make sure that I am operating in an safe way.