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Dr Jess Graham
Clinical Psychologist

Hello, I’m Jess! I'm a Clinical Psychologist.

 

Can you tell me a bit about your background?

 

Hello, I’m Jess. I am a Clinical Psychologist and I work mostly in a busy secondary care NHS Children & Young People’s Service. Here, I provide comprehensive neurodevelopmental and cognitive assessments for children with neurodivergent profiles (e.g. ADHD and Autism). I also provide therapeutic support for children and young people struggling with their mental health.

 

My previous NHS roles have given me a wealth of experience of working with a range of mental health difficulties, including: depression, anxiety, disordered eating, OCD, developmental trauma and psychosis. I have worked across the lifespan from the very young through to older adults.

 

I am passionate about clinical psychology and strive to maintain a connection with new research that helps us understand more about mental health and how to support people to feel their best. I love that my job challenges me to learn and grow.

 

What will it be like when I meet you?

 

I am a values-led clinician- first and foremost. This means I am motivated by core values of compassion, connection and hope. I hope this means I am quite easy to get along with!

 

Our first meeting is a great chance to get to know one another. If you feel comfortable, it can be a good time to think a little bit about what brings you to therapy and what it is you would like to work on. Perhaps you have some hopes for therapy? Maybe not- we can figure that out together!

 

Our partnership is very important- together we bring a range of skills and experiences. We will work together to understand your experiences and explore ways to promote positive change. Therapy can, at times, be challenging. But I believe the strength of our relationship and the guiding principles of our shared plan will help us navigate this.

 


​What types of therapy do you use and what kind of difficulties do you help people with?


I draw on a range of approaches and schools of thought when working with people. Humans are complex and necessitate a flexible and integrative approach. The primary therapies I utilise are: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectic Behavioural Therapy, Compassion Focussed Therapy and Systemic Practice. I am interested in preventative wellbeing practices and weave these principles through traditional mental health practice.

 

I work with children, adults and families presenting with a range of mental health challenges. Problems may be relatively recent/transient, or perhaps they have been around for a while.

 

What do you enjoy outside of psychology?

 

I spend lots of my time outdoors- in the sea, in the hills or walking my whippet. I practice yoga regularly, I run less regularly… I drink too much coffee. I read every day- right now I am reading “The Art of Happiness” by the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler.