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Dr. Peter Jakob
Peter Jakob is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist with over 28 years of post-qualifying experience. Having worked for many years in the NHS- in his last position as Lead for Complex Cases in East Sussex Child- and Adolescent Mental Health Services- Peter is now an independent practitioner in the Southeast of England. He sees children, young people, adults and families to help them overcome often highly complex difficulties. Apart from general psychological practice, Peter specialises in
• violence, destructive behaviour and behaviour problems in children/young people and young adults
• anxiety, obsessional/compulsive behaviour and social withdrawal
• recovery from abuse
• therapy for child protection and in multi-agency contexts
• looked after children
• working with vulnerable adults.
His therapeutic approaches include Solution-Focussed Brief Therapy (SFBT), Narrative Therapy, Family Therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Trauma-Focused methods, NVR, Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Integrative Therapy and Non Violent Resistance (NVR). Having introduced NVR – a new and highly innovative approach to violence and behaviour problems - to the UK, Peter presents nationally and internationally on working with serious behaviour problems.
Peter’s philosophy is based on working collaboratively with people, which he finds more effective than ‘treatment’. While drawing from a large ‘toolbox’ of methods, Peter aims to help his clients recognise and use their own strengths, resources and knowledge. The hope and self-confidence they gain then becomes the vehicle for change, which can often be much more rapid and profound than previously expected. Peter does not believe that one’s personality is set in stone. He feels responsible to provide therapy which promotes rapid change, and in which his clients’ own knowledge of themselves is respected - even, or especially, when they have had an abusive or traumatising past.
Areas of interest
Children (0-6 years of age); Children (7-11 years of age); Adolescent mental health; working age adults; Older adults (not neuro-degenerative conditions); Families; Major trauma; Anxiety disorders; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Eating disorders; Complicated bereavement; Depression; Emotional self-regulation diffficulties (Borderline Personality Disorder); ADHD; Autistic spectrum (ASD); Conduct disorders; Alcohol / drug dependency; Obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD); Clinical psychology; Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT); Systemic Family Therapy; Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT); Non Violent Resistance (NVR); Integrative therapy
Specialist interests and expertise in the following physical conditions
- Eating disorders
- Emotional dysregulation following brain injury
- Kristy Hobden
- McKeown Psychology Associates 17-18 Prince Albert Street BRIGHTON BN1 1HF
- 01273 821402
- 01273 203800
- Video and telephone consultations
(Additional) Languages spoken
Jakob, P. (2013). The distressed voice of the aggressive child: from relational gestures to restoring parental sensitivity (German: Die notvolle Stimme des aggressiven Kindes: von der Beziehungsgeste zur Wiederherstellung elterlicher Sensibilität). In M. Grabbe, J. Borke & C. Tsirigotis (Eds.) Authority, autonomy and attachment (German: Autorität, Autonomie und Bindung). Gӧttingen: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.
Jakob, P. ( 2013). Nonviolence and Families in Distress – Co-creating Positive Family Narratives against the Backdrop of Trauma, Deprivation, Substance Misuse and Challenging Social Environments (Dutch:. Geweldloosheid en gezinnen in crisis, cocreatie van positieve gezinsnarratieven tegen de achtergrond van trauma, deprivatie, middelenmisbruik en belastende sociale contexten.) Systeemtheoretisch Bulletin, 31 (1), 5 – 27.
Jakob, P. (2006): Bringing non-violent resistance to Britain. Context, 84, 36-38.
Jakob, P. (2006): Peace dividend. Community Care, June, 32-35.
Grassl, W. & Jakob, P. (1998): Responding to histories of sexual abuse in children in residential services at SOS Kinderdorf, Germany (Fruehe Not. Zum Umgang mit sexuell missbrauchten Kindern und Jugendlichen in Einrichtungen des SOS-Kinderdorf e.V., Deutschland). In: W. Hilweg & G. Ullmann (Eds.), Childhood and Trauma (Kindheit und Trauma) (2nd edition), pp. 135-148. Goettingen, Germany: Vandenhoek & Ruprecht.
Jakob, P. (1998): Improving intervention by facilitating co-operation between practitioners in cases of child sexual abuse (Optimierung der Hilfe durch Einzelfallkooperation der Hilfen bei sexueller Gewalt an Kindern). In: L. Heusohn and U. Klemm (Eds.), Sexual violence against children (Sexuelle Gewalt gegen Kinder), pp. 100-119. Ulm, Germany: Klemm & Oelschlaeger.
Courses offered to GPs
Free talks upon request:
Conduct disorders, attachment disorders and childhool abuse and neglect, looked after children, treatment of anxiety disorders - especially avoidant problems such as social withdrawal - when young people refuse to cooperate in therapy, internet addiction, therapy for families with adult entitled dependency - also in conjunction with severe and enduring mental health problems in young adults, Non Violent Resistance (NVR)
- PhD Clinical Psychology Salzburg University 1983
- Systemic/Family Therapy Institute for Phasic Family Therapy 1988
- Systemic Family Therapist German Family Therapy Association (Dachverband für Familientherapie und systemisches Arbeiten; now: Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Systemische Theapie und Familientherapie) 1992
- Clinical Supervisor German Psychological Association (Berufsverband Deutscher Psychologen) 1995
- Family Therapy Supervisor German Family Therapy Association (Dachverband für Familientherapie und systemisches Arbeiten; now: Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Systemische Therapie und Familientherapie). 1996
Affiliations / memberships
British Psychological Society
Association for Family Therapy
- Centre for Emotional Development Brighton...
- 09:00 - 17:00
- 07557 808277
- McKeown Psychology Associates 17 Prince Albert...
- 09:00 - 19:30
- 01273 821402
- Natural Fitness CentreRoyal ParadeEastbourne
- 09:00 - 17:00
- 07557 808277
Post treatment communication
Following treatment of a Bupa member, I will communicate with GPs in line with Department of Health, GMC and appropriate professional bodies guidelines.
In the event of an urgent query following treatment, Bupa members should use the following contact details