About me

My interest in mental health started during my undergraduate degree in Leeds where I studied both Psychology & Sociology. This initially led me into working within a Forensic setting as a Psychology Assistant in The Prison Service. I then decided to specialise in Primary Care Mental Health, studying to a postgraduate level at The University of Manchester. I worked in an NHS setting offering CBT based brief interventions and guided self-help for ‘common mental health’ problems which included depression and anxiety.
Working in this way helped me see how effective it can be to work with an individual to help them gain a better understanding of their difficulties and support them to overcome these. I wanted to further develop my expertise to work with a wider range of mental health difficulties, I therefore went on to complete my full CBT training at The University of York in 2010.

I am fully accredited with the British Association for Behavioural & Cognitive Psychotherapists (BABCP) which means I adhere to ethical principles, confidentiality and ensure continued professional development. I attend regular clinical supervision which allows me to reflect on my clinical practice to ensure I provide excellent clinical standards. To check Accreditation please click here
I worked for the NHS in York and surrounding areas for 8 years, providing assessment, individual treatment and group support.

I am also trained as an EMDR Practitioner which is a fantastic treatment approach and valuable addition to my clinical toolbox. I have been able to experience how effective this treatment is to help clients work through their traumatic experiences. Although synonymous with ‘trauma’, it is also very effective when working with a range of presentations such as; grief, addictions, OCD, anxiety and depression. I have an interest in how the body reacts and responds to life events, which we can effectively ‘carry with us’ without knowing the impact this has on how we feel. I regularly use EMDR with clients either as a full course of treatment or as an effective addition to CBT or IPT.

My areas of specialism are:

  • Depression
  • Panic Disorder (with or without agoraphobia)
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Health Anxiety (Hypochondria)
  • Social Phobia
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD)
  • Specific Phobia (E.g. needle phobia, animal phobia, claustrophobia)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Trichotillomania (hair pulling)
  • Stress & anxiety
  • Anger management
  • Work related issues

Through my experiences I have been able to see how effective CBT can be in helping people. I believe it gives people a solid basis for understanding the difficulties they face.

About me Jemma Austin