Dr Jake Ellwood
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 during the day on Saturday, Wednesday and Friday, with some limited availability on weekday evenings. 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
- Insomnia/disturbed sleep
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
- Panic attacks
- Problems at work or school
- Relationship issues
- Search for meaning
- Substance misuse and dependency
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.
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.
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 several years’ experience in NHS and non-NHS settings, working with a diverse client group and a wide range of presentations. I currently work as a psychologist within a psychosis service in the Sussex Partnership NHS Trust.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Affairs and betrayals
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Bipolar disorder
- Body dysmorphic disorder
- Career counselling
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Domestic violence
- Emotional abuse
- Family issues
- Feeling sad
- Gender dysphoria
- Generalised anxiety disorder
- Hearing voices
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Panic attacks
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Physical abuse
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Postnatal depression
- Relationship problems
- Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
- Separation and divorce
- Sex problems
- Sexual abuse
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
Initial assessments are free. After that, my fee is £60 for a 50-minute session.
Reduced fees are available for therapists in training.
Payment can be made by cash, card, or bank transfer.
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Currently available for daytime and evening appointments on Mondays and Saturdays. Other times may be possible; please contact to discuss!
Types of client