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“I have always been curious about why people behave the way they do, and driven to understand both others and myself better. My experience of health professionals at different points in my life has also inspired me to want to help others.”

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Being trusted to hear and think about people’s life stories makes being a psychologist an incredibly privileged position and I have learnt an enormous amount both personally and professionally from the people with whom I have worked. 

I understand that deciding to meet with a psychologist can be an important but often anxiety-provoking step towards addressing the challenges you are facing in life. My highest priority is, therefore, to offer a warm, trusting, non-judgmental, and collaborative therapeutic space where clients can feel safe when opening up and being vulnerable. I believe that meaningful, fundamental changes are made in therapy when clients are open to thinking deeply about themselves and their relationships, and to pursuing self-knowledge alongside symptom relief. 

My main area of interest is psychodynamic models, particularly those grounded in object relations and attachment theory, such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT). These approaches involve working collaboratively with clients to develop an understanding of how their past difficulties and relationships may be affecting their present difficulties, mood, behaviour, and ways of coping. 

Hannah has worked with a range of psychological problems such as: depression; anxiety; stress; work-related stress; low self-esteem; perfectionism; eating disorders; difficulties with sexuality and sexual identity; gender identity issues; long-term health conditions; childhood trauma; and difficulties in relatonships. 

Hannah has particular expertise in working with a range of parenting issues (e.g. difficulties with conception and pregnancy, birth trauma, post-natal mental health, and parenting young children), issues related to sexual well-being and adjustment to living with HIV, and gender dysphoria. 

Hannah is trained in a variety of therapeutic approaches including short-term psychodynamic therapies such as Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT) and Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT); systemic/narrative approaches and third-wave cognitive behavioural therapies including mindfulness-based therapies and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT). This enables her to work flexibly with clients, to meet their individual needs and goals.

Alongside working at CPG, Hannah works at the Tavistock Gender Identity Development Service, assisting children and adolescents and their families. 

Prior to this, Hannah worked in a London sexual health and HIV service, where she assessed and provided therapy to clients who were adjusting to HIV, engaging in risky sexual behaviour, or experiencing relational difficulties and issues linked to sexuality. 

Hannah has also worked in Tower Hamlets primary care, providing psychological input for general adult mental health and parent mental health conditions. 

Prior to completing her clinical training, Hannah held a research post at the National Collaborating Centre for Mental Health (a collaboration between the Royal College of Psychiatrists and UCL), producing clinical practice mental health (NICE) guidelines for the NHS. 

Hannah has had specialist training in perinatal mental health and mentalisation-based parenting approaches, and specialist supervision in psychoanalytic approaches.

Jackson, H., & MacLeod, A. K. (2017). Well‐being in chronic fatigue syndrome: Relationship to symptoms and psychological distress. Clinical psychology & psychotherapy24(4), 859-869.

Stafford, M., Jackson, H., Mayo-Wilson, E., Morrison, T & Kendall, T. (2013). Schizophrenia and psychosis in children and young people: recognition, management and prevention. London: National Institute for Clinical Excellence.

Early interventions to prevent psychosis: systematic review and meta-analysis. BMJ, 346. NCCMH (2011).

Induced Abortion and Mental Health: A systematic review of the mental health outcomes of induced abortion, including their prevalence and associated factors. London: Academy of Royal Colleges.

 
 
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