Dr Jonathan (Joe) Grace
I am a clinical psychologist registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. I have a special interest in working with anxiety and have post-doctoral training in specific therapeutic approaches to alleviating anxiety. I am also a guest lecturer on psychology and psychotherapy at Staffordshire University on the postgraduate courses.
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 any aspect of mental health or distress e.g. addiction, anxiety, low mood, trauma, relationships.
As part of my professional clinical doctorate, I have received training in the major psychotherapies: attachment, humanist, 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.
Initially, an assessment takes place where people are invited to outline what they consider their issues to be. Clinical psychologists specialise in formulation i.e. a detailed explanation of the presenting issues; this is usually available after 2-3 sessions. Interventions are determined by the evidence base i.e. what has been shown to work best in the general population - though it is important to recognise difference and tailor interventions accordingly. Formulations are reviewed and changed as new information comes to light. My service adheres to strict confidentiality guidelines that incorporate the Data Protection Act and Caldicott Principles.
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. Please email me for more detailed information.
Training, qualifications & experience
I have 24 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social care sector – the last 13 in the NHS. At present I work full-time as an NHS clinical psychologist specialising in Adult Mental Health. 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 undergoing 3 years post-doctoral training in EDT. This is an advanced psychotherapeutic technique available only to qualified/experienced psychiatrists, psychologists and psychotherapists.
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
- 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
Initial Consultation: 1 1/2 hours: £75
Ongoing 1 hour sessions: £75
Initial Consultation / Assessment: 1 1/2 hours: £90
Ongoing 1 hour sessions: £80
Maps & Directions
Type of session
|Face to face counselling:||Yes|
Most evenings and occasional weekends.
Types of client