Dr Joanna Silver CPsychol AFBPsS

Dr Joanna Silver CPsychol AFBPsS

Natural Gateway Clinic
121 Theobald Street
Borehamwood And Elstree

07983 681701 / 07983 681701

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Natural Gateway Clinic
121 Theobald Street
Borehamwood And Elstree

07983 681701 / 07983 681701

About me

I have a particular interest and expertise in working with adults and children with Eating Disorders, Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) and body image concerns.  In addition to my private practice, I am the Lead Therapist for Eating Disorders at the Nightingale Hospital and treat people with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa and Binge Eating Disorder.

I have experience of both individual and group therapy with people suffering from mental distress including Depression, Anxiety and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  I have practised in both the NHS and private sector in a range of settings including specialist Eating Disorder services for children and adults, GP surgeries and Drug and Alcohol units

Prior to my training in Counselling Psychology, I was a secondary school English teacher.  I believe that my training and experience as a teacher has been invaluable in my therapeutic work with patients and enables me to work creatively with young people and adults.

I aim to build a warm and trusting therapeutic relationship with my patients so that they feel able to gain a greater understanding of their problems in a safe and non-judgemental environment. I work collaboratively with patients, and strive to empower them to make changes in their lives.

Whilst I predominantly work using Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), I integrate other models including person-centred therapy, psychodynamic therapy and schema therapy.  I treat each patient as a unique individual and am flexible in tailoring treatment to patients’ needs.

I currently see private patients at The Natural Gateway Clinic, Borehamwood.  I am also available for supervision.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Registered Psychologist
  • British Psychological Society (BPS) Chartered Psychologist
  • Associate Fellow of the BPS (AFBPsS)
  • Full Member of the Division of Counselling Psychology
  • Full Member of the BPS Faculty for Eating Disorders
  • Doctorate in Counselling Psychology
  • Graduate Diploma in Psychology (Distinction)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Education
  • Bachelor’s degree in English and Philosophy (First Class)

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited



My fees are £100 for a 50 minute session.

Further information

Media Work

I am regularly asked to give media quotations on the topic of eating disorders and body image distress.  Recent press items have included:

Academic Research

I am passionate about research and have lectured to undergraduates at City University about qualitative research methods.  As a result of my desire to increase awareness and understanding of BDD, my research has mainly focused on the experiences of people suffering from BDD.  My recent publications are listed below:

  • Silver, J., & Farrants, J. (06 May 2015).  I Once Stared at Myself in the Mirror for Eleven Hours.' Exploring mirror gazing in participants with body dysmorphic disorder.  Journal ofHealth Psychology
  • Silver, J. (2013). Narrative Psychology.  In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp.143-156). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver, J. (2013). Visual Methods. In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp.156-167). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver J. (2013) The experience of body dysmorphic disorder.  In C.WIllig (Ed.), Introducing qualitative research in psychology (3rd ed). (pp. 207-222). Berkshire: Open University Press.
  • Silver, J., Fineberg, N.A., & Reavey, P. (2010). How do people with body dysmorphic disorder view themselves? A thematic analysis. International Journal of Psychiatry in Clinical Practice, 14, 190–197.
  • Silver, J., & Reavey, P. (2010). “He’s a good-looking chap aint he?” Narrative and visualisations of self in body dysmorphic disorder. Social Science & Medicine, 70, 1641–1647.

Patient Testimonials

“Thank you Joanna for all your help, encouragement and support over the past year.  When I think back to how desperately sad I’d been and how bleak and terrifying the future seemed back when I first met you, it amazes me how far I’ve come in such a short space of time.”

“I can’t thank you enough for your patience, insight, not laughing at my crazier thoughts / insecurities.  Your support has been invaluable and has changed my life.”

“For 10 years I was controlled by constant thoughts of food, calories and weight.  Now, I have so much more time to do other things in life like work and having fun.  I never imagined I could feel like this.”

Maps & Directions

Borehamwood And Elstree, WD6 4PT

Type of session

Online counselling: No
Telephone counselling: No
Face to face counselling: Yes

Practical details

Sign language: No
Other languages: None


I am available on Friday mornings

Types of client

Young people
Older adults
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