Dr Jacob Ellwood

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PsychD, Cpsychol
Available for new clients
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Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5QJ
Available for new clients
Available for new clients

This professional is available for new clients.

About me

I am a chartered counselling psychologist and EMDR therapist, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) and British Psychological Society (BPS). I am currently available from 11am to 7pm, Monday to Saturday, for face-to-face or online video sessions. I offer short and long-term therapy for help with various difficulties.

A common misconception about talking therapy is that it is only for the ‘unwell’ or those with severe mental health issues; I firmly believe, however, that therapy can offer significant benefits for all of us – as a way of increasing well-being, overcoming challenges, and helping us to understand ourselves better.

My role as therapist is to provide the space in which personal growth can occur, by helping you to work through difficulties and achieve greater insight and self-acceptance.

Some of the issues I work with include:

  • Adolescent therapy (13 years and above)
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Insomnia/disturbed sleep
  • Loneliness
  • Loss
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic attacks
  • Phobias
  • Problems at work or school
  • Relationship issues
  • Search for meaning
  • Self-esteem
  • Stress
  • Substance misuse and dependency
  • Trauma

I am trained to work in a number of approaches, and I find that the best results tend to come from integrating these approaches to tailor the work to suit your individual needs. The person-centred approach establishes a safe, non-judgemental environment which encourages the expression of emotions. Psychodynamic psychotherapy focuses on our past and present experiences in relationships, and how these have shaped our relational style and our beliefs about ourselves. Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a solution-focused approach that examines how our thoughts and beliefs influence our emotions and behaviour, and seeks to challenge some of our ingrained patterns of thought and behaviour by testing out new ways of being. Finally, eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR) is a very effective way of treating trauma, and I have extensive experience helping clients to reduce distress relating to both single event and complex trauma.  

In addition to these main approaches, I also incorporate mindfulness-based techniques for the treatment of anxiety and depression, and as a way of helping you to live more in the present moment and develop a kinder relationship with yourself.

Training, qualifications & experience

Having studied English at the University of Oxford, I worked for some years as a teacher and editor before retraining as a psychologist at the University of Sussex, where I completed the MSc in Experimental Psychology. I subsequently undertook a professional doctorate in Psychotherapeutic and Counselling Psychology at the University of Surrey, where my main research focus was on mindfulness and the therapeutic relationship.

Since qualifying I have undertaken further training in EMDR (level 3 qualified), schema therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT), and trauma-focused cognitive behavioural therapy. 

As a registered psychologist, I am committed to the codes of ethics laid out by the HCPC, and adhere to their professional standards and practices.

I have experience in NHS and non-NHS settings, working with a diverse client group and a wide range of presentations, including complex trauma, psychosis, autism, and ADHD. 

Member organisations

Registered / Accredited

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British Psychological Society (BPS)

British Psychological Society

Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)

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£90.00 per session
Free initial in-person or online session

Concessions offered for

  • Trainee counsellors

Health Insurance/EAP

  • Aviva
  • Axa Health
  • Cigna
  • BUPA

Additional information

Initial assessments (30-minute session) are free. After that, my fee is £90 for a 50-minute session.

Reduced fees are available for therapists in training.

Payment can be made by cash or bank transfer.

When I work

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun

Currently available Monday to Saturday 11am - 7pm.

Tree Of Life Centre, 143-5 Portland Road, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 5QJ

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

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Wheelchair user access
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I work at two locations, one of which has wheelchair accessibility. Please enquire if you have specific accessibility needs.

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Dr Jacob Ellwood
Dr Jacob Ellwood