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Last updated: 15 Apr 2020
- Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR)
James has worked for over eleven years in NHS services as a Practitioner Psychologist. He has practised throughout this time in a secondary care psychotherapy service, offering brief and longer term treatment for a wide range of psychological and emotional difficulties. James has extensive experience of treating Depression, Anxiety Disorders (including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and Agoraphobia), psychosis and psychotic disorders (including brief reactive psychosis), and Personality Disorders including difficulties with self-harm, impulsivity and emotional regulation. He also helps people experiencing difficulties related to day to day life and stress such as sleeplessness, excessive worry, interpersonal conflict, bereavement, and generalised anxiety.
James also holds a part time post in a mental health Recovery Team, where he works in a Multi-Disciplinary Team offering assessment and brief therapies to individuals and families experiencing complex mental health difficulties. He offers consultation to medical colleagues in this role, as well as supervision to other Psychologists and training to a wide range of staff and outside agencies.
Prior to his work in NHS Services, James worked for five years in addiction and substance misuse services, and has extensive experience of helping people reduce the harm associated with their alcohol or substance use, as well as other addictive or problematic behaviours.
James’ core Counselling Psychology training was in the Humanistic, Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies, and in his day-to-day practice he is an Integrative psychological therapist. This means James is able to draw on multiple models of therapy to develop a collaborative understanding with his client of the issue they want to work on. Integrating Cognitive Behavioural and Psychodynamic therapies means he can work with his clients to understand day-to-day links between thoughts, emotions and behaviours, whilst exploring interpersonal dynamics and the links they have to the past when this would be helpful.
James has developed specialist interest in trauma therapy and mindfulness based approaches to therapy. He understands trauma to mean both overwhelming events that can lead to Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and troubling events or relationships in the past that hold us back from functioning as well as we would like to in our daily lives. He is qualified as an Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapist, which is an evidence based and NICE guidelines approved treatment for trauma and PTSD.
He finds that mindfulness based approaches to therapy (MBCT and ACT in particular) are extremely helpful in enabling his clients to (re) connect to their core values of who they want to be as a person, and in ‘stepping to one side’ of the day to day anxieties and stresses that can overwhelm us. He is very skilled at helping his clients set meaningful goals for their therapy based on their own values and aspirations. James helps his clients evaluate their progress based on these goals so that the duration of treatment is a collaborative and transparent process.
Areas of interest
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy; Acceptance and Commitment Therapy; Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy; Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy; Compassion Focussed Therapy
Current NHS consultant posts held
Newham Secondary Care Psychological Therapy Service, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Counselling Psychologist, 0.6 F.T.E
Newham Recovery Team South, East London NHS Foundation Trust
Specialist Counselling Psychologist, 0.4 F.T.E
Smyth, Lakey & Higginbotham (2018) A qualitative study exploring clients’ reasons for missing appointments within a secondary care service.
Clinical Psychology Forum, 308 (11).
Tacconelli, Higginbotham, Fijak-Koch, Kalra, Lakey & Rosebert (2014) The value of Integrative psychotherapy in secondary care. Clinical Psychology Forum, 257 (45).
- EMDR four-part Europe Accredited Training EMDR Works 2018
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Four Day Skills Intensive Mindfulness Training Ltd, London 2017
- Metallisation Based Therapy Anna Freud Centre, London 2017
- Groups in Mindfulness Based Teaching Oxford Mindfulness Centre 2015
- Working with Trauma 7 day Skills Intensive Oxford Therapy Centre 2011
- Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy Breathing Space LBC, London 2011
- Behavioural Family Therapy The Meriden Family Programme, London 2010
- Postgraduate Diploma in The Practice of Counselling Psychology Roehampton University 2007
- BSc Psychology Hons Liverpool John Moores University 1998
- MSc Counselling Psychology University of East London 2005
Affiliations / memberships
HCPC Reg.: PYL17403 Registered Practitioner Psychologist
BPS Reg.: 88423 Chartered Counselling Psychologist