Dr Joe Grace, Clinical Psychologist, Psychodynamic Psychotherapist
In order to ensure the right approach, I initially conduct a detailed assessment of the main issues. This provides a formulation that maps out what are likely to be the key predisposing and maintaining factors. It is then possible to determine the best intervention to ensure a successful outcome.
I have extensive training in the four key therapeutic models: Psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral, Systemic, and Person Centered. I have applied these for thousands of hours with hundreds of clients in my day job, many of which have complex and enduring issues.
Experiential Dynamic Therapy - 250 hours core training (Connection Studio)
This is an advanced psychotherapy technique available only to qualified/experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists. EDT combines over a century of psychodynamic theory with evidence from cutting edge neuroscience. The main aim is to help people uncover and safely experience healthy emotions associated with significant life events that have to date been avoided. This avoidance creates anxiety and other symptoms/issues commonly associated with mental health: low mood, irritability, substance misuse, relational problems etc. Additionally, this approach has a strong evidence base demonstrating it proves effective where other therapies have failed; where there are physical issues such as fibromyalgia or chronic pain that have a psychological component; and, demonstrates gains are maintained at long term follow up.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy - 40 hours foundation training (Behavioral Tec)
A third wave (contemporary) Cognitive Behavioural approach providing a broad range of practical coping skills, developed through Western science and complemented by Eastern Philosophy via the concepts of Mindfulness and Radical Acceptance. DBT targets ingrained patterns driven by negative thinking and unhelpful automatic behaviors, relational issues, and managing emotions and anxiety.
Systemic Therapy - 125 hours foundation training (Open Dialogue UK)
This approach enables family members, couples and others who care about each other to express and explore difficult thoughts and emotions safely, to understand each other’s experiences and views, appreciate each other’s needs, build on strengths and make useful changes in their relationships and their lives.
Motivational Interviewing and Relapse Prevention - 60 hours (NHS provider)
A chiefly cognitive approach to low motivation used to move people to more active and determined stages of change. We target ambivalence to highlight the difference in peoples values and behaviors. Particularly good for addressing addiction and dependency.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for groups - 70 hours (NHS provider)
3rd Wave CBT approaches that address thinking and behavior whilst also considering context.
Cognitive Behavior Therapy for individuals - 80 hours (Doctorate training)
A key therapeutic approach to help address unhelpful patterns of thinking and behavior.
Person Centred Therapy - Basic and Advanced skills - 150 hours (City and Islington College)
Based primarily on the work of Carl Rogers, this approach provides the core aspects of the therapeutic space on which all interventions are based: security, alliance, genuineness, compassion and non-judgement.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 27 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social care sector – the last 15 in the NHS. I have experience of working psychologically with “Looked After Children” (6 months); Older Adults (6 months); Addictions (8 years); Forensic services (1 year); Learning Disabilities Services (6 months); and, Adult Mental Health (7 years).
In addition to receiving training, I have also provided training in the NHS to psychologists, nurses, child care workers, substance misuse workers and trainee psychiatrists on the following: Harm Reduction, Child Development, DBT, Complex Trauma and Recovery, Motivational Interviewing, "Personality Disorder" (trauma and relational issues), Attachment, and Compassion.
Cert. Therapeutic Counselling Skills (BABCP)
BSc Psychology, First Class Honours (Open University)
Jerome Bruner Prize in Critical Social Psychology
PG. Cert. Social Science Research
DClinPsy: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Keele and Staffordshire Universities)
Registered / Accredited
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Health and Care Professions Council
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Areas of counselling I deal with
1 hour sessions: £80.