Dr Jonathan (Joe) Grace
I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. At present I work full-time as an NHS Senior clinical psychologist specialising in providing psychological therapy to adults. I am also a guest lecturer on psychology at Staffordshire University on the postgraduate courses.
I offer evening sessions during the week at the Integral Health building in Shrewsbury, near the Welsh Bridge and just a one minute walk from public parking; I can also offer sessions on the weekend. Additionally, I offer evening sessions in Telford. Following assessment in a therapeutic setting, I can offer home visits at a reduced price if people choose. Please email me for more detailed information.
The average time spent studying and practising to become a clinical psychologist is eight or nine years. Clinical psychologists use psychological theory and the clinical evidence base to alleviate distress and promote well-being. I work with individuals, couples or families to address distress e.g. addiction, anxiety, low mood, trauma, relationships.
As part of my professional clinical doctorate I have received training in the major psychotherapies: psychodynamic, CBT and Systemic, and apply these in my work. In 1:2:1 sessions I work predominantly from an attachment/psychodynamic perspective.
Essentially, therapy provides a secure, non-judgemental space in which to explore thoughts, feelings and behaviors, with a view to changing at least one of these to alleviate distress.
If all the above sounds a little clinical, don't worry: I provide a service that is warm and empathetic, where serious focus is balanced with humour and pragmatism.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 24 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social care sector – the last 13 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 (4 years).
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)
The amount of training I have received is too large to list, so here is a selection of the most relevant.
Experiential Dynamic Therapy (EDT)
I am currently in my final year of 3 years post-doctoral training in EDT. This is an advanced psychotherapeutic technique available only to qualified/experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists.
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (5 days)
Family Therapy (Open Dialogue [20 days])
Motivational Interviewing (8 days)
Risk assessment (6 days)
Solution Focused Therapy (2 days)
CBT for groups (10 days)
Harm Reduction (substance misuse [6 days])
Trauma and Recovery (2 days)
In addition to the above, I also received approx. 150 days of clinical lectures whilst studying for my doctorate, and approx. 130 hours of supervision from Consultant Psychologists.
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, Complex Trauma and Recovery, Motivational Interviewing, "Personality Disorder" (relational issues), and Attachment.
Grace, J.D., Priest, H.M., & Dunn, C. (2017). The Psychiatric Paradox: An interpretative phenomenological analysis of the experience of being assessed and detained under the Mental Health Act (1983). Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 17(2), 92-104.
Grace, J.D. & Priest, H.M. (2015). Ontology to Outcome: a critical analysis of psychological research methodologies. Journal of Critical Psychology, Counselling and Psychotherapy, 15, 204-214.
Grace, J.D & Stewart, L. (2014). Complex Trauma with “Looked After Children” in a residential setting with education. Clinical psychology Forum, 269, 15-19.
Areas of counselling I deal with
- Anger management
- Asperger's syndrome
- Attachment disorder
- Career counselling
- Domestic violence
- Eating disorders
- Family issues
- Hearing voices
- Learning difficulties
- Low self-confidence
- Low self-esteem
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
- Passive aggressive behaviour
- Personality disorders
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Relationship problems
- Sex problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Work-related stress
- 1:2:1 work
1 hour sessions: £70 (reducing to £60 after six sessions)
90 minute sessions: £90 (reducing to £80 after six sessions)
Following assessment in a therapeutic setting people can choose to be seen at home, if they live locally, at a reduction of £10 per hour.
1 hour sessions: £75
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most evenings and occasional weekends.
Types of client