Dr Jemma Boyd



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Specialises in

  • 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

About me

I have worked as a Chartered Clinical Psychologist for the National Health Service (NHS) in Bedfordshire for nearly 20 years, specialising in working with adults with complex mental health difficulties, work which has frequently involved helping people to deal with the effects of traumatic events or relationships, important losses or changes, or symptoms which have significantly restricted people’s lives.

In my work with people, I draw from a wide range of effective, evidence-based psychological therapy approaches to develop individually tailored treatments to help people achieve more fulfilling lives. These approaches, 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), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT skills), and Systemic Family Therapy.

I have an unwavering passion and enthusiasm for assisting people to lead more satisfying lives by helping them make sense of their difficulties, understand why their difficulties have persisted, and develop their ways of managing. I approach all my work with compassion and with sensitivity to each person and their needs.

I completed my Clinical Psychology Doctorate level training at the University of Southampton in 1999. I emerged from this training with a keen interest in considering people and their difficulties within their couple, family and wider systems. I undertook a four year Masters course in Systemic Psychotherapy qualifying with Distinction as a Family Therapist from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, University of East London in 2007.

I have accrued considerable experience using psychological treatments to work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Over my career, I have also built substantial experience teaching, supervising, training and offering consultation to others in psychological approaches to mental health care.

Much of my work as a Clinical Psychologist over the last decade has been with people who have survived single or multiple traumatic events or relationships and other significantly distressing life events. In order to increase my effectiveness as a therapist and the repertoire of therapy approaches I am able to offer to people, I have undertaken further training and development in EMDR, Mindfulness, and DBT skills. More recently, I have been developing my interest in the effect 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 and Ireland. My clinic is based in Bedford town centre.

Areas of interest

Psychological therapy for adults 18-65 years; Post traumatic stress disorder PTSD; Anxiety; Depression; Phobia; Stress; Obsessive Compulsive Disorder; Relationship difficulties; Sleep difficuties; CBT; EMDR; Trauma therapy; Mindfulness; Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills; Systemic family therapy

Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions

  • Pain management

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Procedures completed

  • AA809

    Psychology session - (5-50)

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