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Last updated: 1 Aug 2020
- CBT with Exposure and Response Prevention (CBT with ERP)
- Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
- Family Therapy
- Mindfulness based CBT
- Trauma focused CBT
- Video and telephone consultations
I have worked as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the National Health Service (NHS) in Bedfordshire Adult Mental Health Services for 20 years. My work has frequently involved helping people deal with the lasting effects of traumatic events or relationships, important losses or changes, or symptoms which have been significantly restricting people’s lives. My interest in working with people suffering with difficulties related to COVID 19 (Coronavirus) has led me to complete additional training for treating with people recently traumatised or living with ongoing trauma, such as the direct or direct effects of the pandemic.
I draw from a wide range of effective, evidence-based psychological therapies to develop individually tailored treatments to help people achieve more fulfilling lives. These psychological therapies, which are all recommended in NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) government guidelines for the treatment of psychological difficulties, include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Systemic Family Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT skills), and Mindfulness.
I am passionate and enthusiasic about my work in assisting people to lead more satisfying lives by helping them make sense of their problems, understanding why these difficulties have persisted, and developing ways of managing them. I work with compassion and with sensitivity to each person and their particular needs.
I completed my Clinical Psychology Doctorate level training at the University of Southampton in 1999. My keen interest in considering people and their difficulties within their couple, family and wider systems led me to a further four year Masters course in Systemic Psychotherapy. I qualified with Distinction as a Family Psychotherapist from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, University of East London in 2007.
I have considerable experience using psychological treatments to work with individuals, couples, families and groups. I also have substantial experience teaching, supervising, training and offering consultation to others in psychological approaches to mental health care.
Over the last decade, the focus of my work has been with people who have survived single or multiple traumatic events or relationships and other significantly distressing life events. To support this interest and ensure I remain abreast of developments in the Clinical Psychology field, I have undertaken further training and development in EMDR, DBT skills and Mindfulness. More recently, I have been developing my interest in the impact of psychological difficulties on our bodies and our physiology.
I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and of EMDR- UK. My clinic is based in Bedford town centre serving towns and villages across Bedfordshire but also accessible from Northamptonshire, Cambridgeshire, Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire.
Areas of interest
Psychological therapy for adults 18-65 years; Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD; COVID 19/ Coronavirus related difficulties; Recent Traumatic Events; Ongoing Traumatic Situations; Anxiety; Low mood or depression; Worry; Rumination; Phobia; Stress; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Chronic Pain; Relationship difficulties; Sleep difficuties; CBT; EMDR; Trauma therapy; Mindfulness; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills; Systemic Couple/ Family therapy
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Pain management
Current NHS consultant posts held
Principal Clinical Psychologist Mid Bedfordshire Community Mental Health Team, Bedfordshire Mental Health Services, East London Foundation Trust
Yoga for Trauma; Depression in Older Adults; Family Therapy in Adult Mental Health Care; The Meaning of Friendship in Adult Life
- Doctorate in Clinical Psychology D.Clin.Psychol University of Southampton 1999
- Masters in Systemic Psychotherapy University of East London, Tavistock and Portman Clinic 2007
- BSc Psychology University of Plymouth 1991
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details
Dr Jemma Boyd
Tel. 0787 325 3222