Jennie has had experience of working with adolescents and adults struggling with a variety of mental health difficulties throughout her career, including psychosis and bi-polar disorder. She has worked in various settings in the NHS including Mother and Baby Services and Inpatient and Community Services.
Jennie continues to work within the NHS in a Neuro-Psychiatry Department, where she offers psychological therapy to people who have been diagnosed with Non-Epileptic Attack Disorder (NEAD). In her private practice, Jennie focuses on people who are struggling with common mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Her private practice has meant she has had the opportunity to work with other long-term health conditions and trauma as well.
Since graduating with a Post Graduate Diploma in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy from The University of Birmingham in 2012, Jennie has developed an interest in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). This is a ‘third wave’ psychological therapy. ACT is developed from Relational Frame Theory which highlights the use of language within the human experience.
ACT is a trans-diagnostic clinical intervention which allows therapy to be adaptable to every individual. Facilitating an understanding of a person’s own experience in the here and now. The focus of therapy is to develop psychological flexibility in the service, or direction of, what is important to the client. Jennie is a member of The Association for Contextual and Behavioural Science and attends workshops nationally to ensure her clinical practice is the best it can be. Including Compassion Focused Therapy workshops (CFT). She also has clinical supervision from a Peer Reviewed ACT Trainer and attends a bi- monthly supervision group at Birmingham University.
Jennie is trained in Eye Movement Desensitisation Re-processing (EMDR) and uses this therapy for trauma work when indicated and in accordance with National Institute of Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines. My focus has always been to work with clients to establish realistic goals and to deliver high quality, individualised psychological therapy. I offer a caring, safe, supportive and confidential space to talk.
I believe building resilience is an essential component of CBT and recovery.
"we cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them"
Jennie Spain, Cognitive Behavioural Psychotherapist, Accredited to The BABCP Registered Mental Health Nurse, Registered with The Nursing and Midwifery Council
Ben believes that life can often leave us feeling overwhelmed, exhausted and lost. Equally, persistent difficult thoughts and feelings can often get in the way of us moving towards doing what matters most to us in our lives. Emotional difficulties and fluctuating mental health can affect us all.
Ben has worked over the last 10 years with adults from many different backgrounds. Ben has used Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to help clients understand their difficulties and take action, moving them towards their goals and a better quality of life. Ben’s therapy provides a safe and supportive environment that cultivates personal growth and development.
Ben has found that CBT and ACT can be most helpful when he works with a client to: Recognise current situations which trigger difficult thoughts, feelings and reactive behaviour; understand what is stopping a client from being able to move forward; Learn helpful ways to react to difficult thoughts and feelings; Learn ways to react differently to trigger situations; Identify clear goals and to move towards goals and a better quality of life and wellbeing.
‘Therapy is an investment; an investment into yourself.’
Ben has experience as a clinical supervisor. He also has experience developing psychological therapy groups and psycho-educational courses. He has carried out clinical research, focusing on the impact of behavioural activation, and, is the co-author of an article in the Behaviour Research and Therapy Journal.