DR. JENNIE ROBERTSON
MA (Hons), DClinPsy, PG Dip
HCPC registered (PYL30431)
Welcome to my website. Here you will find some information about my practice and how to get in touch. It can be challenging to ask for help and support, and to know where to start. I hope that this site gives you a “flavour” of how I work to help you decide if I might be an appropriate therapist for you. Please note that I am currently on maternity leave but will be returning to practice in 2022.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with over 10 years' experience of working in the NHS, predominantly within hospital and sexual health services. I have been working in private practice since 2019.
I was raised in Hong Kong but have lived in the UK since 2003. My expatriate upbringing afforded me a number of privileges including an interest in diversity of experience and identity. My decision to become a psychologist was born out of an interest in people, my own experiences of living with mental health difficulties, and a desire to support people who are in distress. I believe strongly in the therapeutic importance of considering both the mind and body, and I have an interest in how the way we think about gender influences our experiences.
I seek to support people to separate themselves from the problems they live with and to view distress with compassion and as a response to the violation of something held precious, rather than a personal failing or weakness. It is important to me to also attend to context and to think about the factors outside of individual experience that may be contributing to the problem. I have specialist skills in working with people across the lifespan and offer individual assessment and therapy for challenges related to physical, mental and sexual health. All gender and sexual identities are welcomed and I am committed to talking about power and how it operates across multiple contexts.
Areas I have experience of include:
Difficulties living with a health condition, including persistent symptoms that cannot be explained by doctors
Talking to others about a health condition (e.g. HIV)
Difficulties with mood (e.g. low mood, panic, and anxiety)
Feelings of "difference" (visible or invisible)
Identity and self-esteem
I do not make diagnoses or offer manualised treatments but instead use formulation to offer a working hypothesis about the problem, how it developed and what might be keeping it going. Therapy tends to be exploratory and I work with people's experiences, values, and skills, as well as offer ideas and techniques informed by a number of therapeutic models. These include: Compassion Focussed Therapy (CFT); Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Narrative Therapy; Systemic Therapy; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT); Mindfulness; and Feminist Therapy. At the heart of my practice is the hope that the relationship between myself and the client is experienced as warm and compassionate, and enables them to feel safe, heard, validated, and respected.
As well as providing 1:1 support, I have extensive experience of developing and delivering group interventions. A project involving The Health Foundation and Chickenshed Theatre won awards from Health Education England (2017) and was shortlisted for the Health Service Journal Innovation in Mental Health Award (2018).
Zoom sessions are possible. I am a registered therapist with Cigna, Aviva, VitalityHealth and AXA insurance providers.
Services for Professionals
I have significant experience of delivering teaching, consultation, supervision, and liaison. I am an honorary lecturer at University College London and am involved in the selection and supervision of trainee clinical psychologists for the North Thames DClinPsy programme, as well as undergraduate Psychology students.
I have published in several journals and magazines, and have contributed to the development of NICE guidance.
2020 - present
Homerton Psychological Medicine Team, East London NHS Foundation Trust
I currently work at the Homerton Hospital. I offer assessment and intervention to medical inpatients as well as support to people who have attended A+E in mental health crisis. My non-clinical work includes several service development initiatives as well as providing supervision, teaching, training, and reflective practice to multi-disciplinary teams.
If you would like to find out more about what
I offer, you can contact me to arrange a brief telephone consultation, free of charge.
My hope for this consultation is that we can think about whether we might be able to work together in a way that you would find helpful.
Hours are: 7-12pm on Fridays. I currently offer virtual sessions using Zoom.
'Jennie has an ability to listen, show understanding and help me to reflect on my situation in a way that really helps; the way she leads conversations, helps me to talk through my feelings and make sense of them. Having worked with a different therapist in the past I can see how good she is at her job. She manages the time well and never leaves me feeling under pressure to do something, just offering suggestions of possible things I could do but in no way adding to the pressure I already put on myself. I’d highly recommend Jennie as someone to talk to.'