Dr Jennifer O’Connell is a Clinical Psychologist who has extensive experience carrying out psychological assessments and interventions for a wide range of mental health conditions with both adults and young people.
Having completed her BSc in Psychology from Maynooth University in Ireland, she moved to London and completed an MSc in Research Methods in Psychology at University College London. Following this she completed her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Royal Holloway, University of London and is now based in a specialist NHS sexual assault service.
She has worked across mental health and physical health settings supporting clients with a variety of mental health difficulties including depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, self-criticism, phobias, relationship difficulties, post-traumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders. She has also worked closely with clients who have severe skin conditions (e.g. eczema, psoriasis, rosacea) and those undergoing bariatric surgery who would like support with their relationship to food. She has a special interest in working with individuals who have experienced early trauma and childhood adversities, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.
Dr O’Connell is flexible in her approach and draws on a range of psychological therapies to ensure that the therapy fits with the specific needs and preferences of the individuals she works with. She is proficient in delivering Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Schema Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Habit Reversal Therapy, and draws from other modalities such as Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) and Compassion Focused Therapy (CFT) when appropriate.
Dr O’Connell understands the importance of developing a supportive and trusting relationship with her clients where people feel safe and understood. She approaches her clients in a very warm, non-judgemental, and collaborative way and is dedicated to helping them achieve their personal goals and improve their overall wellbeing.