Dr Jonathan (Joe) Grace
I am a clinical psychologist with extensive training in multiple psychotherapies. I offer evening sessions during the week in Shrewsbury. Additionally, I offer evening sessions in Madeley, Telford. 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 25 years’ experience of working in the Health and Social care sector – the last 14 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 (5 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. 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.
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
90 minute assessment: £90
Ongoing 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.
- Couples therapy
1 hour sessions: £75
Maps & Directions
Type of session
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Types of client