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Jessica is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, Experiential Dynamic Therapist and Trainer. Founder and Director of Thrive Psychology Psychotherapy Psychoeducation Ltd, Maximising Effectiveness Events and EmotiHealth Ltd, with fifteen years of prior experience in university and NHS settings.
As an NHS senior manger, she clinically led an Improving Access to Psychological Therapy service in the Midlands, developing connection and collaboration within the teams, as well as bespoke performance management tools and procedures to ensure high patient satisfaction and recovery rates. An early implementer in bringing an emotion focused model of therapy to the UK, she has been a pioneer in treating clients with and teaching clinicians about experiential dynamic therapy. She helped to set up and attended the first EDT 3 year core training programme in the UK and completed a three year training programme to become an IEDTA accredited EDT teacher and supervisor. She has taught at many universities in the UK, including Coventry, Sheffield, Leeds, Huddersfield, Birmingham, and East Anglia.
From January 2017 – May 2018, she served as President of the International Experiential Dynamic Therapy Association. She has written a chapter in ‘Theory and Practice of Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy’ about working with EDT in primary care. She delivers training in the UK to clinical psychology training courses as well as offering bespoke and IEDTA accredited EDT core training. She specialises in training those working with highly complex cases to develop transdiagnostic and transtheoretcial skills, and to be themselves within the therapy room.
She works to simplify the complex process of therapeutic change, both within the models she teaches and across broad therapeutic approaches in order to disseminate the specific factors that promote healing. She connects with her audience, inspiring novice and experienced professionals alike; attempting to teach with humility, respecting the expertise within the room and with intense curiosity. In addition, she takes an approach of valuing the specific factors that have been found to be associated with brain change in adults that can be applied to all models of therapy, all therapeutic encounters, and teaching, coaching and supervision. She creates safe and challenging training environments – ensuring that all six factors are considered – creating space for profound moments of meeting, emotional activation, working in a learning zone with challenge, and ensuring repetition and focus; in addition, deeply valuing the development of a coherent narrative and collaborative relationships.