Dr Jemma Boyd

Hello, I am Dr Jemma Boyd, Chartered Clinical Psychologist and qualified Systemic Family Therapist. I have worked for the National Health Service (NHS) in Bedfordshire for nearly 20 years, specialising in working with adults with complex mental health difficulties, work which has frequently involved helping people to deal with the effects of traumatic events or relationships, important losses or changes, or symptoms which have significantly restricted people’s lives.

In my work, I draw from a wide range of effective, evidence-based psychological therapy approaches to develop individually tailored treatments to help people achieve more fulfilling lives. These approaches, which are all recommended in NICE (National Institute for Clinical Excellence) government guidelines for the treatment of psychological difficulties, include Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT), Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR), Mindfulness, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy skills (DBT skills), and Systemic Family Therapy.

 

About Me

I have an unwavering passion and enthusiasm for assisting people to lead more satisfying lives by helping them make sense of their difficulties, understand why their difficulties have persisted, and develop their ways of managing. I approach all my work with compassion and with sensitivity to each person and their needs.  

I completed my Clinical Psychology Doctorate level training at the University of Southampton in 1999. I emerged from this training with a keen interest in considering people and their difficulties within their couple, family and wider systems. I undertook a four year Masters course in Systemic Psychotherapy qualifying with Distinction as a Family Therapist from the Tavistock and Portman Clinic, University of East London  in 2007.

 

I have accrued considerable experience using psychological treatments to work with individuals, couples, families and groups. Over my career, I have also built substantial experience teaching, supervising, training and offering consultation to others in psychological approaches to mental health care.

 

Much of my work as a Clinical Psychologist over the last decade has been with people who have survived single or multiple traumatic events or relationships and other significantly distressing life events. In order to increase my effectiveness as a therapist and the repertoire of therapy approaches I am able to offer to people, I have undertaken further training and development in EMDR, Mindfulness, and DBT skills. More recently, I have been developing my interest in the effect of psychological difficulties on our bodies and our physiology.

Research Interest

My research interests have been varied over my career and have included the role of friendships in people’s lives, depression in older adults, and behavioural and psychiatric problems in people with learning disabilities. In my NHS role, I am currently establishing and evaluating a yoga for trauma group, and I lead a Quality Improvement project aimed at increasing empowerment in recovery from mental health difficulties. I have a number of published research papers.

 

Professional Membership

I am a Chartered member of the British Psychological Society (BPS), registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), and a member of the Association of Family Therapy (AFT) and of EMDR- UK and Ireland.

 

Setting up an appointment with me

To contact me for initial discussion you may either email me at jemma.therapyteam@btinternet.com or leave a voicemail message for me on 0787 325 3222. Messages are checked at least twice a week and I will endeavour to respond to you promptly.

I currently have availability for EMDR therapy appointments on a Thursday morning.

Clinic Location

My consulting room at 4 Goldington Road, MK40 3NF in Bedford town centre is accessible from Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Hertfordshire and Cambridgeshire. The clinic has parking outside the building and in a public car park a stone’s throw away. There is disabled access and parking at this building and ground floor clinic rooms if required.  You can view details of the clinic at http://www.bedfordconsultingrooms.com