Dr Jessica Barton

DClinPsy, PGDiP, BSc (Hons)

Clinical Psychologist

Works With Ages 18 and Older

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Philosophy

‘The only way out is through’ – Robert Frost.

I love this quote by the poet Robert Frost, as it aligns with my outlook on what it means to be a human: pain and discomfort are a fact of life. Therapy can provide the tools to get comfortable with uncomfortable sensations. My approach to wellbeing encourages you to make space for difficult experiences, with the aim of actively and creatively forging new paths in the direction you’d like to go. Changing the way we respond to difficult feelings can be incredibly powerful in our search for a happy and fulfilled life. My hope is to support you in finding ways to embrace the beautiful, joyful moments of life that exist in your future, without ignoring the trickier aspects of being human.

Approach

My approach to psychotherapy is rooted in empathy for my clients. My first supervisor shared the idea that everyone is trying their best with the tools and information they have at the time. I carry that idea with me into the therapy room and support my clients to explore their own cycles of behaviour and thinking. I draw on Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) frameworks.

Over the past few years, I have principally been working in the NHS with clients who have long-term physical health conditions. I continue to work part-time in the NHS supporting rough sleepers who need help with brain injuries, childhood trauma, addiction, and relationship problems. I often rely on Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT) with clients who are experiencing difficulties forming or maintaining relationships. MBT is an approach that encourages individuals to make sense of their own thoughts and feelings, whilst also expanding their awareness of other people’s thoughts and feelings.

It is an approach that recognises the powerful impact of trauma in childhood and seeks to repair ‘attachment wounds’ via the client-therapist relationship. In therapy, I will hold in mind the importance of your relationships and early-life experiences to your overall wellbeing.

Motivation

My clients have taught me a tremendous amount about what constitutes a fulfilled and good life. A ‘good life’ looks different for everyone, though I am consistently struck by the importance of warm relationships and their impact on our wellbeing. My hope is that together, we can build a safe, warm, and trusting environment in which you feel comfortable to explore the more difficult aspects of your experience.

Whilst I have expertise in psychological theories and evidence, I believe that my clients are the experts in their own lives. I am motivated by sharing ideas between us and creating an approach that works for you in your life.

About Me

I am a Canadian-born psychologist, who has spent time living in South Korea, China, Singapore, and the UK. I’ve been working in the NHS for the past seven years and have recently taken up an Associate Lecturer role in Clinical Psychology discussing topics such as CBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based interventions for depression and anxiety.

I enjoy yoga, Lindy Hop (the dancing and the music!), and spending quality time with my family and friends. The Covid-19 pandemic has taught me to lean into the quieter moments and embrace restfulness where I can.

I had a course of CBT Counselling with The Harley Psychology & Therapy Group (Richmond) and although it didn’t provide me with the quick fix miracle solution I was hoping for, it has made my problems feel more manageable.

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